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1) How could we afford to have one of the highest paid staffs in 2000, but we can’t now? Did we just get passed by 30+ other schools during that time? Or did we shift the way we used resources? – hucareshokiesrul
Chris Coleman: Before the Hokies joined the ACC, not all sports at Virginia Tech were fully-funded, so that was part of it. I don’t know which sports were fully-funded and which weren’t, but you can afford to put more money into your coaching staff if you aren’t providing full scholarship numbers for all of your Olympic Sports.
Of course, the other side of that argument is that by making Frank Beamer’s staff the third-highest paid staff in the country after the 2000 season, Jim Weaver prioritized football over the non-revenue sports. Technically I suppose he could have taken that money, and instead of giving it to Whammy Ward, Billy Hite or Jim Cavanaugh, he could have funded a few more scholarships for the Olympic Sports. But Weaver prioritized football. However much his arm may have been twisted is up for debate, but for Weaver he was either going to throw that money into football or he...
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