Early Thoughts On Brent Pry

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Brent Pry is the new head coach of Virginia Tech. (Ivan Morozov)

“I had no interest in anything else—just this. Because of what it has been, and what it can be, and the community that comes along with it.”

“And we gotta recruit. We gotta bring good, young people to this community. And that all starts in Virginia. We have to do a great job in this state.”

“We’ll hire good people, we’ll put ‘em in a good spot, and they’ll do a fantastic job.”

Those are all lines from Justin Fuente’s introductory press conference, and Brent Pry echoed those same sentiments on Thursday. I imagine he meant every word of it. But plans change when you get punched in the face.

I’m not as sanguine on Pry as I think most TSLers are. If I had to bet, I’d put money on him doing better at the three-year mark and beyond than Fuente managed in his time, but it wouldn’t be a lot of money.

I like Pry, I like how he fits in at Tech, and I’m rooting for him to succeed. I just wish he had a few more lines on his resumé.

I knew a little bit about him from looking him up during Bud Foster’s retirement announcement, and then getting a little deeper when the Hokies were supposed to play Penn State in 2020. When I see coaches at other schools who obviously care about their programs that much, I root