Monday Thoughts: Virginia Tech’s Challenge

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Justin Fuente Virginia Tech head coach
Justin Fuente looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of Virginia Tech’s 47-14 loss to Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

I thought of titling this one “Winter is Coming,” but I decided that a dated Game of Thrones reference would be lazy writing. So instead, I thought to myself, “What are you really writing about? Title it accordingly.”

I’m writing about the challenges that lay before Virginia Tech as they consider firing Justin Fuente.

I dislike those last three words. “Firing Justin Fuente.” It’s not as if someone found his burner phone with escort service phone numbers in it, or he wrecked his motorcycle while giving a ride to his mistress. Fuente is not a bad, sleazy, unethical, immoral person. He’s just a guy who is having a lot of trouble winning football games. Not to mention trouble recruiting. It happens.

When it comes to the question of whether Virginia Tech should let Fuente go (there, that sounds better), I’ll first argue that at this point, it feels like it has to be done. As I’ve written in articles and talked about on podcasts, the atmosphere around Virginia Tech football has gotten so toxic as to be untenable. I can’t speak to what’s