What a difference and ACC Championship makes.
McFarling is now saying VT should not and will not fire Bryan Stinespring. While the latter may unfortunately be true, I have to take issue with the idea that the Hokies should hang on to Stiney. McFarling quotes running backs coach Billy Hite:
"People have the wrong impression. They really do. It's unfair to him. It isn't right. We lost 13 seniors to the NFL last year, and then we lose Kenny Lewis, we get rid of an all-ACC running back, we have our best wide receiver who tears his Achilles tendon, we have another wide receiver that had played that we suspended ... You think about all that and see what we've done."I have thought about all that, Billy, and it doesn't help the arguement to keep Stiney. You say we sent 13 seniors to the NFL last year. We sent 12, Billy. Brandon Flowers was a Junior. Of those 12, only 5 were on the offense. Bud Foster sent the lions' share (again) to the big league, not Stiney. Of those 5 players, only 3 were starters. That means we sent 2 non-starters to the NFL.
Who else does that in college football? Teams like USC, Florida and Texas come to mind. Those are programs that regularly produce top 20 offenses. I would venture to guess that lack of talent is not to blame for our low output.
And yet VT regularly ranks in the bottom 20. We squander our top talent on an idiot with a playbook.