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, May 28, 2009

Rich beyond our wildest dreams.

Hello, all.

Hockey season is over in Chicago (one tear) and Carlos Zambrano apparently forgot to take his meds. Yet in all that excitement I somehow found the time for this update.

I just wanted to pass along to you, faithful FBSers, that so far, through the site's gmail account, we have won and/or been offered a share of:

1. $8,500,000 from the
Sudanese Cinderella
2. $500,000 in a "Confirmable BankDraft" from the "FedEx Courier Company" in London, England
3. £500,000 (approx. $800,000) through a "Google Online Promotion"
4. £1,000,000 ($1,600,000) through a sweepstakes from "British Telecom Plc"

And here I thought I was going to have to work for a living.

In more serious news, we picked up a 2010 commit at defensive end, definitely a needs position, in
Jerome Lewis out of Rochester, NY. Lewis is tall (6'4"), quick (4.75 40), and scrawny (225 lbs.). With proper Gentrification Lewis has the potential to be a lethal player, provided he can retain his quickness. Lewis is also the first commit VT has gotten out of the Empire State in quite some time. Unless I'm mistaken, I believe Andre Davis was our last.

In other news, season tickets are sold out again for the 10th consecutive year. Unless, of course, you want to pay
around $1800 a seat - $300 per game - in which case be my guest. Also, if you want to completely destroy the Lane Stadium experience, you can shell out about $2300 to sit inside. I am, however, very interested to see what exactly is entailed by "high-end concessions." Because nothing compliments that $9 smoked turkey leg like foie gras and Beluga.

Finally, I did want to pass along one thing that brought a smile to my face. Mike Huguenin, college sports editor at Rivals, wrote an article for Yahoo! sports on 2009 "statement" games, in which he lists the top eight games of the season that have huge implications for each team. VT/Bama ranks in at the no. 2 spot (again, USC at Ohio State edges out the Kickoff Classic for reasons man may never know). Huguenin then goes on to list 10 "honorable mention" games. Edge of your seat thrillrides like Western Michigan at Indiana and Virginia at Southern Miss make the latter list, which Nebraska at VT does not. So I wrote Mr. Huguenin a polite email from our gmail account explaining my point of view that the Huskers at Lane has more "statement" potential than the Cavs at So. Miss. (Wow, that comes across as sarcastic even when I read it. Seriously, I was very nice.)

Imagine my surprise when the top dog at Rivals writes a personal reply:

Thanks for writing. (and interesting e-mail address.)

I put Virginia-southern miss on there because I think southern miss has better-than-even chance of winning – and a c-usa school beating an acc school (even one that likely will be predicted to finish last in its division) is big. I didn’t put tech-nebraska because I don’t think huskers can win in Blacksburg; if game were in Lincoln, it would’ve been on there.

Mr. Huguenin, you can justify not putting any of VT's games on this list by saying the opponent doesn't have a shot at winning.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Cancer can kiss my rosy red...

Mark Herzlich was going to play football on Sundays, and the ACC defensive player of the year was going to be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. He still might, but he's going to have to beat cancer first.

Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer that is most common in the pelvis, hips, legs, and ribs. Herzlich's cancer was found in his left leg and has not metastasized. That's good news, since the survival rate for localized Ewing's Sarcoma is between 70-80%, while the survival rate for metastatic Ewing's Sarcoma is around 10%.

The news about Herzlich hit me particularly hard because less than 24 hours after hearing about it, I also received the news that a good friend of mine had lost his three year battle against pancreatic and hepatic cancer. He was 29. He had a two month old son. And, as luck would have it, he was a lifelong, rather rabid Boston College fan.

Not a good week for the War Eagles.

So it's hard for me to be objective, professional, or emtionally detached from this particular subject. The truth is, cancer is an evil, hellish disease that destroys lives, hopes, and dreams. I hope and pray that Herzlich will be successful in kicking cancer's ass.

I don't want to get preachy here, so I'll simply encourage anyone who would like to donate to the American Cancer Society. Do it to help out Mark Herzlich, one hell of a football player, and in memory of Jason Gray, one hell of a BC fan.

Poll Results

I admit I had a bit of fun with this question. We all say we want to get Bryan out of the OC chair, but at the same time I think we all know VT isn't a program that lends itself to a "plug and play" mentality when it comes to the coaching staff. Beamer's coaching staff has been shockingly consistent in this age of coaching turnover. So chances are whoever will eventually replace Stiney (dear God, please, soon) is already standing on the sideline.

The winner here was the man with the best resume. Mike O'Cain has something like three centuries of coaching experience at various levels and positions. Okay, slight exaggeration, but the man really has seen it all. And apparently not many people are holding the whole Sean Glennon thing against him, nor the slower-than-we'd-hoped-for development of Tyrod's passing game. And I can't argue against the idea of having a man who's had head coaching experience calling your offensive plays. O'Cain's preference of pro-style QBs over the more mobile type we prefer in Blacksburg slightly concerns me here, but if O'Cain can implement a system centered around a pocket passer that actually works, then I say hell yes, let's roll with it!

Coming in second was the man with the longest tenure on the VT coaching staff, running backs coach Billy Hite. Hite's been coaching at VT longer than Frank Beamer. He's also, over the long haul, produced more NFL-caliber players at his position than anyone else on the offensive staff. The running game has almost always been the cornerstone of VT football. The only exception in recent memory would be the '07 season (and to a lesser extent, the '06) and that's more a case of coaching the uncoachable than anything else. Hite understands the Hokies' offense because he's been present for its entire evolution. We might get a little tired of all the handoffs with Hite in the OC chair, but at least we know he doesn't have the same love/hate relationship with the rushing game that certain offensive coordinators in Blacksburg seem to have.

Rounding out the rest of the coaching staff, the only real news here is that basically very few people are sold on Kevin Sherman or Curt Newsome to be anything more for the coaching staff than they are right now. Given the fact that we ranked 109th in passing offense and 111th in sacks allowed, I think the feelings concerning our wide receivers and offensive line coaches are justified.

Here's the surprise of the poll. I added the "Throw 'em all out" option purely as a tongue-in-cheek move, thinking it'd get maybe a couple of clicks to let the truly exasperated make a point. The notion of eviscerating the entire offensive staff, however, tied for second. Apparently there are a lot of thoroughly pissed off people in Hokie Nation, people whose angst and anger run far deeper than even my own. I won't debate the point too much here, but I will go on record as saying that tossing the entire staff is a bad idea.

Another week of good response to the poll. Thanks to all who voted and please vote on the new question!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

POLL RESULTS: Who do you trust most as Tyrod's backup in '09?

The first thing that struck me about this poll was that Greg Boone jumped out to an early lead. That lead proved to be short-lived, but I can certainly see the wisdom in preferring a backup QB who has actually thrown a live pass. There is a reason Boone moved to tight end, though, and it seems that love of the Wild Turkey aside, not everyone is sold on Boone as a legitimate every down quarterback.

The majority of respondents think the offensive staff made the right call in tapping Ju-Ju Clayton as the number two man for the offense. Ju-Ju might have received a few more votes had it not been for his horrible performance in the spring game, but he still gets a nice vote of confidence (from FBS readers, anyway).

And while Hokie Nation is salivating at the prospect of Logan Thomas taking the reins in the Wild Turkey offense it seems essentially no one believes he's ready to step under center on a regular basis. It would be interesting to see how these numbers change, if at all, once more than just us die-hards know about Logan Thomas and see what he can do.

Finally, for the three people who apparently think our backup QB situation is a disaster, I'd love to hear who you think might be the best choice to back up Tyrod in a reply to this post.

Thanks to all who voted and please vote on our new poll question!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I wept openly when I saw this...

Looking at this makes me feel how George Castanza must have felt when he discovered how to combine food and sex. (I'm still trying to figure out what the third part of this particular trifecta would be.)

Okay, you'll have to forgive me. Living in Illinois (it's not just a clever nickname, people) I'm sometimes out of the loop as far as the goings-on in Blacksburg. I knew there were orange and maroon Yankees caps produced to coincide with the Yankees playing VT in a scrimmage, but I didn't know they'd expanded the line to all the MLB teams.

And just in time for father's day. Hey, honey....

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Heather Dinich at her #&^*ing finest...

Yesterday Big Tony made reference to this article by Heather Dinich, focusing primarilly on the "home jerseys on the road" aspect.

According to Heather, and I quote,

One other tweak to the rules is that it's not an illegal formation to have less than seven players on the line. The thinking is, why penalize a team for being at a disadvantage? As long as there are five players with jersey numbers 50-70 (you know, the offensive linemen), it's acceptable.
My brain, for lack of a better word, exploded. And apparently so did a lot of other people's.

The best response to Dinich's latest blunder came from Matt Hinton of Yahoo! Sports, who blogs under the name Dr. Saturday. Read Hinton's brilliant retort in its entirety

This quote, however, pretty much sums up Hinton's crucifixion of Dinich:

Phrased that way, of course, this does not qualify as "a tweak." A rule that relaxed the seven-men-on-the-line requirement would blow the doors off the last century of football strategy. Seven men on the line is probably the most fundamental concept holding offensive playbooks together; it's so taken for granted, you rarely hear it discussed at all. This would be like Congress legalizing, I don't know, embezzlement or something. The ACC Rules Committee does not have that kind of pull. And even if it did, it wouldn't be buried in the last paragraph of a routine blog post.
So here's the deal. If the ACC said all you had to have on the line was your offensive linemen, that opens up myriad new, never-before-seen formation possibilities. Imagine Tyrod, Daren Evans, Ryan Williams, Greg Boone, and Logan Thomas all in the backfield together. What the hell do you do as a defensive coordinator against something like that? Who the hell is going to wind up with the ball after the snap?

Turns out, though, that Dinich was either completely mistaken on what the hell was going on or just isn't very good at articulating exactly what the hell is going on. Basically what they're doing at ACC HQ is removing the penalty for playing with less than 11 men on the field. Last year points were taken off the board three times in ACC play because the scoring team snapped the ball with 10 men on the field. Now points scored when you're a man down due to player or coaching error still stand. (Essentially, you're no longer penalized for scoring when you're at a numerical disadvantage.)

The new rule basically says you can have no more than four players in the backfield, and everyone not in the backfield has to be on the line. That, of course, is not even remotely in the same neighborhood as saying you only have to have five offensive lineman on the line at the snap.

Dinich, true to form, did not run a retraction, or even a full-on correction. Instead she snuck a bit of further explanation into a blog about
Dabo Swinney's reaction to the actual rule change.

Par for the course, there, Heather.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Hokies Could Rock the Maroon (or Orange) on the Road...

It looks like ACC teams will be allowed to wear home jerseys on the road this season. In the grand scheme of things, this is a fairly mundane rule adjustment, but I have to say - the idea of seeing us roll into UVa or Georgia Tech in head-to-toe maroon is pretty damn sexy. I would also be psyched to see us show up at Maryland or Duke in Orange, but history doesn't favor the Hokies when they don the all-orange jerseys (see vs. UVa, 1994).

On the flip side, we could see UNC show up in Carolina Blue, or (more likely) Miami stroll in to Lane in orange. I'd still like to see them try and stake claim to Worsham, but I doubt either team is brash enough to try it...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Thorns to Transfer

I'm sad (but not necessarily surprised) to see it, but Hank Thorns has been granted a release from his scholarship by the Virginia Tech Athletic Department. Thorns has been an important part of the Hokies Mens' Basketball team over the past 2 seasons, but has seen a substantial amount of bench time behind star guard Malcolm Delaney.

While I would have loved to see him take the Greg Paulus route (sans teabagging) and accept his role as the bench-bound leader of the second string, I understand that he is still young enough to make a significant contribution to another school. I wish him well with whatever team he heads for (hopefully one we wouldn't face in a future NCAA Tourney bid!).

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Poll Results: How many games will Tyrod miss in '09 due to injury?

Getting right to the heart of the matter, almost 90% of poll participants think Tyrod's destined to get banged up for at least one game this season. On the bright side, the highest single response was that Tyrod would miss only one game, and half the voters believe Tyrod will miss no more than one game at most.

That being said, it's a little scary to me that more people believe Tyrod will miss three or more games (a quarter of the regular season) than believe he'll escape the season unscathed.

This question feeds directly into the new poll question, so thanks to all who voted and please make sure to vote in our new poll!

Friday, May 8, 2009

I knew this blog would make me rich someday.

Just wanted to share this little piece of fanmail, received in our gmail account, with my FBS brethren:

Hello Dear

I know that this mail might come to you as a surprise because you don't know me and I don't know you too. My name is Rubia Mohamed Atif , I am 24 years old girl and an orphan from Sudan. My late father Mr Mohamed Atif was the deputy general manager with CNPC oil company at Khartoum refinery in Sudan. My late father was killed alongside with my beloved mother and our family house burnt down by the rebels during the last crisis in my country when Janjaweed militant came to our house, and this was what sent me away from my country to Burkina Faso as I made my escape only by God's special grace. You can read more about my country in the bbc news(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6469857.stm)

I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment which I am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father. Meanwhile I wanted to travel to Europe, but she hide away my international passport and other valuable documents. Luckily she did not discover where I kept my father's File which contained important documents. Now I am presently staying in the Mission in Burkina Faso. I am seeking for long term relationship and investment assistance. My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$ 8.5 Million in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. I had contacted the Bank to clear the deposit but the Branch Manager told me that being a refugee, my status according to the local law does not authorize me to carry out the operation. However, he advised me to provide a trustee who will stand on my behalf. I had wanted to inform my stepmother about this deposit but I am afraid that she will not offer me anything after the release of the money.

Therefore, I decide to seek for your help in transferring the money into your bank account while I will relocate to your country and settle down with you. As you indicated your interest to help me I will give you the account number and the contact of the bank where my late beloved father deposited the money with my name as the next of kin. It is my intention to compensate you with 20% of the total money for your assistance and the balance shall be my investment in any profitable venture which you will recommend to me as have no any idea about foreign investment. Please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes.

Thanking you a lot in anticipation of your quick response. I will send you details in my next email for you to know me well.

I am waiting for your reply,
Best regards,
Miss Rubia Mohamed.

Dude, we're hooking up with the Sudanese Cinderella. Damn that evil stepmother! Damn her to hell!!!

Of course, it doesn't help this particular dicksmack's cause that as he was cutting and pasting his phishing e-mails he accidentally double-pasted in the one he sent to us, so this beautiful expression of a lonely, desperate orphan's grief repeats itself to the letter.

But, hey, at least we're apparently developing a following among the highly coveted Burkina Faso mission-dwelling demographic.

Check this out.

Okay, so Rivals doesn't need any free pub. They're the 800 pound gorilla of college football media. But I have to admit, I'm kicking myself that I didn't think of this first.

What they're doing here is breaking down the 2009 roster by position and seeing how each spot stacks up to the 1999 squad. Pretty straightforward, really, but damn entertaining. And certain to spark a few debates over a few pints in downtown Blacksburg.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A QB twofer...

As an update to HG's post below, I just wanted to pass along that VT actually received a commitment from TWO QBs today. In addition to Washington, D.C., prospect Ricardo Young, the Hokies received a solid verbal commitment from Delray Beach, Florida, dual-threat quarterback "Lethal" Mark Leal.

Allow that to sink in for a moment. We essentially prostrated ourselves for a QB in the '09 recruiting class only to come up empty, and we get commits from what Rivals is calling our "top two quarterbacks" (not sure how accurate that is) less than two weeks after the spring game.

Leal, whose numbers are impressive with a 3:1 TD to interception ratio as a junior, picked Tech over offers from Oregon, Minnesota, West Virginia, Rutgers, and considerably more local Florida International. It should also be noted that Leal plays for Atlantic High School, from whence came the likes of Brandon Flowers and the late surprise commit of '09, Jayron Hosley.

I might be wrong, but I think Leal will be our first QB from the sunshine state (please correct me if I'm wrong). For a random Thursday in May, this turned out to be a HUGE recruiting day.

On paper, Young looks more impressive. His numbers are simply sick, with 3,879 total yards of offense and 42 total touchdowns as a junior. Thirty-one TD passes to only five picks looks nice, too. A 4.5 40 time makes Young more of a run threat than Leal's 4.7. It might sound corny, but the number I like the most on Young's stat sheet is his 4.0 GPA. The kid's smart. That doesn't always translate into good decisions on the field, but given the choice I'd take my chances with an A+ student over a C- any day of the week.

Despite the apparent mismatch on the stat sheets, Rivals (whom I somewhat trust) has Leal ranked just a smidgen higher than Young. Both are 3-star prospects, but Leal earned one-tenth of a point higher in the ever-mysterious, always ambiguous, constantly consternating "Rivals Rating." Of course, a tenth of a point might simply be attributable to being from Florida, which has a reputation for great high school football.

Are either Young or Leal as promising as Kevin Newsome, Bryn Renner, or Tajh Boyd? The knee-jerk reaction is to say no, but that might be because both Young and Leal are relative unknowns to me while I heard about Newsome, Renner, and Boyd ad nauseum. One thing that's for certain, though, is that both Young and Leal are legitimate, respectable quarterbacks who have garnered national attention, and their verbal commitments this early in the recruiting game assuages what was unquestionably the biggest fear of this recruiting season.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hokies at Hawkeyes

It's a little early to be talking about football season, so it's way too early to be talking about basketball season. Still, it's been brought to my attention that VT's opponent in next season's ACC/Big 10 challenge is the University of Iowa. The game is at Iowa, which is less than a two hour drive from my house. I'll get a chance to see Malcolm Delaney in person, which I pretty much assumed was out of the question since my trips to the 'burg are pretty exclusively reserved for football games (no offense, Seth).

Happiness abounds.

Of course, should anybody else be making the insanely long drive from Virginia to Iowa for the game, the IH would be glad to have the company and after the game the first round will be on me.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Poll Results: Who was the MVP of spring practice?


I thought there'd be some debate over this one, with Whitley's monster spring and the development of Ju-Ju and the elemination of "the hitch," but Ryan Williams won this one in a walk (which, coincidentally, might be the only time the words "Ryan Williams" and "walk" appear together in the same sentence). If it's possible, I think Ryan Williams is beginning his career surrounded by more hype and pressure than Marcus Vick did. Here's hoping Williams has a better go of it.

As for the three people who voted for "someone else," I'd appreciate it if you'd leave a comment saying who you think deserved the award.

Thanks to all who voted and please vote on our new poll question!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Week in Review

So it's been one week since the spring game. To be honest, with the Bulls and Blackhawks both in the playoffs my mind has not been 100% focused on VT-related topics, but there are a few things worth mentioning in the past 7 days.

First off, the Maroon/White game was hands down the most highly attended of all ACC spring games. F$U managed to pack in 36,000 semen-holes into the Doak, and that was the only one that came within a stone's throw of the 41K to rock Lane Stadium last Saturday. Also in ACC spring game related news, Miami and BC forsook the traditional spring game model and instead pitted their offense against their defense for the whole game. Both squads were awarded points based on a set system (sacks=X points, 20+ yard play=Y points, yadda yadda yadda). The BC results were predictable for an ACC team: Defense 47, Offense 21. Out of Miami, however, came this doozy: Offense 52, Defense 3. Either the U's points system was heavily weighted to make their offense look impressive, or I cannot wait to see what the Eighty Proof Backfield (Evans/Williams...get it?) can do to that D. It would also be interesting to see what our full offense could do against our full defense, wouldn't it?

On the recruiting front, the spring game must have made an impact despite a combined total 20 points scored. Local big'un Caleb Farris finally made it official at the spring game, though it's pretty much been a lock this guy would be a Hokie since his junior year of high school. Farris is approximately twelve times the size of God and is a solid if sometimes inconsistent blocker. From what I've seen in video, he sometimes comes out a little high, and when he does he can run into problems. But if he comes out low and straight, he could block a truck.

Moving on, just a few days after the spring game VT picked up a commitment from Pulaski linebacker Tahrick Peak. Now you want to know how you can tell that your recruiting machine is working? Tahrick is the little brother of Nubian Peak, which makes him the second younger brother of a previous VT commit in this recruiting class (of four total people so far). The thing that makes this one special is that Nubian Peak hasn't even arrived on campus yet. Like I said before, maybe we really should be paying particular attention to multi-child families. Anyhoo, the line on Tahrick Peak is pretty impressive. The guy has a 33 inch vertical, runs a 4.45 40, and benches 295 as a junior in high school. At 210 pounds he'll have to get Gentrified before he ever sees a snap, but it just goes to show how far our recruiting and our program in general has come when a kid like Tahrick, who would have been a defensive crown jewel ten years ago, is today pretty much exactly what we expect for the "average" defensive recruit.

Finally, we at FBS do appreciate all the attention we've been getting from our followers. Please do remember, though, if you simply can't restrain yourself and feel you must get in contact with us, we prefer communicating via Twitter or e-mail. We understand, though. We are pretty damn irresistable. Hugs and kisses.

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