FBS Mission Statement:

We at FBS believe that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring bears the largest share of the blame for years of sub-par output from some of the most talented players ever to set foot on Worsham Field. We believe the main objective of the VT football program - a national championship - will escape us as long as Stinespring is making the calls. We therefore advocate the improvement of our football program through the replacement of our offensive coordinator.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tendering my resignation.

Hey folks, long time no see.

To a certain extent, my absence from the site is attributable to the fact that we almost always have shut out the lights during the offseason around this place. Diehards like the guys over at The Key Play can keep a football blog chugging away in the summer. Guys like us can't.

But there's more than that. The time has come, unfortunately, for me to step away from this blog. Other priorities have popped up in my life, and to be honest, even though Stiney is still on staff, he's out of the chair where he did the most damage.

It's a new era of VT football, and I'm ready to hit the reset button, sit back, and take a season at face value for the first time in a decade. If we struggle this season on O, my instinct isn't going to be that someone needs to be removed from the coaching staff. In my opinion, Loeffler, Grimes, and Moorehead get three years to install their schemes and groom their players before I'd even think about advocating a change.

It's been a fun ride for me, and I hope you've enjoyed my ramblings. I don't profess to be any sort of a football guru, I'm just a guy who knows when he sees something wrong and isn't afraid to say it out loud (anonymously, on teh internets). But I like to write, and apparently some of you like to read.

I'll miss having this outlet, but I won't miss the frustration of believing that all our problems are due to having the wrong man calling the plays. From what I've seen of him, I dig Loeffler's style. And Grimes is a hundred times the OL coach Newsome is in his best wet dream. And Moorehead strikes me as one cool mofo who will be able to connect with his players while keeping them honest, something that might have saved Marcus Davis's college career.

I'd say maybe I'll guess post, but I really don't think anyone would be interested in giving me a soapbox now that Stiney's been demoted. So let's just have one last round, man-hug it out, and hit the road. As a wise man once said...




Saturday, January 19, 2013

I shit you not.

Andy Bitter and Doug Doughty are reporting that Bryan Stinespring is in talks with the Indianapolis Colts regarding a possible job opportunity.
 
Some people just fall up.
 
UPDATE: Doughty tweeted a follow up stating Stiney was staying put at VT.

Friday, January 18, 2013

PRAISE THE LORD, HALLELUJAH!

We may have already known this, but now we can finally, officially, say that Bryan Stinespring is not Virginia Tech's offensive coordinator.

http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20130118aaa.html

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mike O'Cain has been fired.

Thanks to HokieHi for bringing this to my attention.

The Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting that Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain received notice of his termination this past Tuesday, the same day Logan Thomas announced his intention to return for his senior year. According to the RTD, O'Cain was straight up terminated and reportedly received the news directly from Beamer himself. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time an assistant coach has been fired at Virginia Tech since after the disastrous 1992 season. That's two decades ago, people.

Now yes, there has obviously been coaching turnover during that period, but it was always coaches accepting other positions at other programs. Even when a coach was actually terminated, like Danny Pearman in 2006, the athletics department painted it as a reshuffling to other administrative positions. Most recently, Billy Hite and Jim Cavanaugh were given office jobs created specifically for them rather than released.

Virginia Tech does not fire football coaches, is the point I'm trying to make. And the fact that Weaver and Beamer aren't sugar-coating this speaks volume as to the mindset of the program right now.

The article also confirms Kevin Sherman's departure to Purdue (dammit), Curt Newsome's return to JMU (praise jeebus), and Stinespring's demotion to tight ends coach, as well as the arrival of Scot Loeffler, Jeff Grimes, and Aaron Mooreland. All of that was pretty much known already (although admittedly the Mooreland story was still what I'd classify as a heavy rumor, last I heard), but since these are technically state jobs there were plenty of t's to cross and i's to dot before anything became official.

I'm conflicted to see O'Cain go. He was not a great coach, but I do believe he was a good coach. He inherited an absolute shitstorm right off the bat with the dismissal of Marcus Vick, and while he shit the bed a bit with Sean Glennon, he was also responsible for grooming Tyrod Taylor into the ACC player of the year. He saw the potential in Logan Thomas, and in his only year flying solo in the booth as playcaller put an offense on the field that kicked the shit out of anything Stinespring had managed during his tenure. I'll always wonder what might have been had Beamer handed the reins to O'Cain in 2006 and demoted Stiney at that point like he should have, and in my heart of hearts I'll always think we would have seen a lot more 2011 numbers and a lot less 2008. And say what you will about him, Mike O'Cain is just a genuinely decent human being. Like the kind of guy you'd want as a grandpa. And while that doesn't mean shit in football, it does mean something in life.

Good luck, Mike, in whatever endeavor you set out on now. You gave us a 3,000 yard passer during the Stinespring era, which I would have flat out declared impossible prior to the fact. But you also gave us Sean Glennon and half of the crime against football nature that was O'Cainspring, and for that...

Also, we'd like to see your birth certificate...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Logan Thomas to return for senior season.

The Hokies will not lose any underclassmen to the draft.

Now bring on the official announcement if the staff changes.

CBS reporting Loeffler's the man.

This has been a crazy week.

First, nothing. I mean not a peep out of the athletics department. An obvious gag order from General Beamer. Then a succession of bad rumors. It was Pep! No, it wasn't! Chuck Long's the pick! Disregard that! Greg Adkins to coach the OL! In Buffalo!

Now CBS is reporting that Scot Loeffler has been hired as OC in Blacksburg. Not that he's the leading candidate, mind you, or that his hiring is expected. CBS is saying the hiring has already transpired. So either the coaching search is finally over, or this is just one more bogus rumor to add to the stack. Neither would surprise me.

It's been reported that former Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes was also in Blacksburg the same day as Loeffler, and there's a rumor circulating that Grimes will follow Loeffler to Blacksburg, but I'll believe it when I see it. Not that I have any specific reason to doubt Grimes' hire, but I've been burned on rumors too many times during this coaching search.

If nothing else occurs today, Logan Thomas is expected to announce his intentions regarding a possible early departure for the NFL. LT will release a press release at 4:00 PM eastern. It stands to reason we will know something official about the coaching staff by the end of the day, because LT would have to know about his coaching situation before making a decision on whether to leave early or come back for his senior year. The dropoff in Thomas' productivity would indicate a return, but if LT feels he wouldn't gain anything from his coaches he might opt to cut his losses and hope to survive a steep learning curve in the NFL.

The other two underclassmen Hokies considering an early jump to the NFL, Antone Exum and James Gayle, are both returning for their senior year, but we can't extrapolate Logan's return from that. Tone and Gayle will be returning to play for one of the best defensive coaching staffs in college football. LT would be coming back to play for either one of the worst OCs in college football, or a completely overhauled staff.

If Loeffler really is the pick, though, I think LT will be back. Although Loeffler's tenure as an OC has been the definition of a mixed bag, he is a legit QB coach.

Either way, we should know a whole lot more by this time tomorrow.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Adkins Lifestyle

Never mind. Adkins went to the Buffalo Bills.

Shit's starting to MOVE, people.

Coachingsearch.com is reporting that Syracuse OL coach Greg Adkins is coming to Blacksburg.

Check out Adkins' bio on the Syracuse athletics site here.

This is big news, boys and girls, and reason for excitement because Adkins is, like, a real live offensive line coach. Like, for reals. Dude's got recruiting credentials, too.

With all this info leaking after the athletics department essentially went dark for a week that means we're basically right on top of an official announcement of the staff shakeup. No info would be seeing the light of day if Beamer wanted it under wraps. Which means we could see something potentially as early as Monday.

Stay tuned.

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