Yesterday Justin Fuente announced that JC Price was joining his Virginia Tech coaching staff as a Co-Defensive Line Coach. Price is also taking on the title of Defensive Recruiting Coordinator.
My favorite JC Price story comes from this interview that he and Cornell Brown did with Dwight Vick this past summer.
Price was a linebacker recruit out of high school, and he went to UVA for a summer camp where he was coached by linebackers coach Phil Elmassian. Price liked UVA and most of the coaching staff, but he didn’t like Elmassian and decided that he couldn’t play for the Hoos if it meant he had to play for Elmassian.
“There’s no way I’m playing for that son of a [gun],” he said.
So Price signed with the Hokies as a member of the 1991 recruiting class, and after the disastrous 1992 season, Frank Beamer decided to make coaching staff changes. One of his changes came at the defensive coordinator position, where he decided to bring in…Phil Elmassian.
Fortunately the transfer portal didn’t exist back then, or else we might not be having this conversation. But it didn’t, so here we are. JC Price is now on the coaching staff in Blacksburg after a fantastic playing career at Tech, and successful coaching stops at James Madison and Marshall.
There are a few things I want to talk about today, including Price as the defensive line coach, Price as a recruiter, and the new titles that were handed...
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