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Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Senior starting cornerback Stephan Virgil has been ruled academically ineligible for the Chick Fil A Bowl against Tennessee on December 31st. He has had trouble with classes in the past and during spring practice before his junior year, Virgil only practiced on Saturdays to focus on school the rest of the week. He remained eligible that season. This season Virgil has six tackles for loss, one sack, two fumble returns and one interception. He missed two games this season after a knee injury making a tackle in the last play of the Alabama season opener. NFLDraftScout.com projects Virgil as a 4th-5th round pick in the draft.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
"Hey Deon, don't miss it!"
Friday, December 11, 2009
Then I read this:
""I don't think Stinesspring is coming but he is the OC and #2 asst. coach of a top five program in the country. Why would we be upset about that?? Because some Hokie fans don't like him?? Someone close to Tech's program told me once that Foster gets all of the publicity but the real unsung hero of that program is Stinesspring, he is an organized, detail-guy that is a great recruiter. Tech dominates the ACC and are all about winning chamionpships, thats okay with me.""
LOLOLOLOL. Stop. Seriously. Stop. It hurts. You're going to give me an asthma attack. And I don't have asthma. OH MY GOD, the "real unsung hero". LOLOLOLOL.
Who was this guy's "someone close to Tech's program"? Was it........Bryan Stinespring?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Our sources close to the situation tells us that UR Athletic Director Jim Miller is going to talk with Virginia Tech Offensive Coordinator, Bryan Stinespring.
This could solve our problem in a positive way! Go Richmond!
December 10, 2009, 5 PM EST Update - The story is picking up steam (and it looks like Mike O'Cain bowed out of the Richmond job)... David Teel has reported on the Stiney and O'Cain elements of this story.
The holiday gift of a lifetime.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Mike London was the head coach of the Richmond Spiders, who won the 1AA national championship last year and made it back to the semifinals (What?!? College football playoffs?!?) this year. He has NFL experience (which admittedly didn't work out so well for Al Groh), and has been a positions coach at Boston College.
And worse than just being fundamentally sound, London has deep recruiting roots in the state of Virginia. Before taking the reigns at Richmond, London was a positions coach at William and Mary. He's a Virginia guy, with inroads to a lot of the state's high school talent. And recruiting is high on London's list of priorities for UVA. Perhaps the most notable quote from his introductory news conference was, "We have to recapture the state of Virginia."
VT flourished while Groh was at the helm of UVA because Al came accross as cranky and distant. Even when berating a ref he came accross more like someone sending back a bottle of wine. London, meanwhile, is described as passionate, dedicated, approachable, and hands-on.
And now to connect the dots. Virginia Tech suffers from what I would call a "deficiency of strategy" at the OC position. It takes the best talent available in Virginia and a few key out of state commitments to run a semi-successful offense. If UVA starts competing with VT consistently for the top talent in the state then the Hokies either have to seriously step up their out of state recruiting (which will not happen with Beamer in charge - that's not a knock; Beamer admittedly prefers focusing his recruiting efforts primarily in-state) or see a return to bottom of the barrel rankings for total or scoring offense.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
And while it might be wise to wait for VT's bowl game to be played before reviewing the season, since bowl games count toward team record and player stats, I'm not going to. Mostly because I need something to talk about over the next month, and also because we're not exactly certain how Frank Beamer and the VT coaching staff will approach the bowl game this season. By Frank's own admission there's a history of considering the bowl game a "treat" for the players, a reward for a season well played. There's traditionally not been as much intensity in practices and players are encouraged to enjoy the trip to the bowl game's host city (within reason). That all changed last season, as Coach Beamer took it upon himself to get the BCS chip off the ACC's shoulder and took the bowl preparation a little more seriously.
1.) RYAN WILLIAMS PISSES EXCELLENCE
He is, perhaps, the Corey Moore of the offense. And we've never really had one of those.
3.) WE DO HAVE A RECEIVING CORPS AFTER ALL
Last season Jarrett Boykin led the team with 441 receiving yards. In the process of racking those yards up, Meathooks managed to find the endzone twice.
Boykin again led the team in yardage, but this go-round he hauled in 715 yards' worth of receptions. That's not jaw-dropping by any stretch of the imagination, but it's also the first time VT has had a receiver with over 700 receiving yards since 2003.
And Boykin was not a one-man show. Danny Coale, last season's receptions leader, grabbed 29 passes for 572 yards. Three wide receivers caught at least 20 passes, and wideouts came down with 11 of Tyrod's 13 TD passes, a marked improvement over 2008.
The biggest contribution the wide receivers made to the team this year was their ability to stretch the field, which became easier to do as the season wore on and opponents stacked more and more defenders into the box to contain RMFW. Boykin and Coale finished the regular season averaging 19.9 and 19.7 yards per catch respectively, which is good for 9th and 11th in the nation. It's the first time a Hokie receiver averaging at least 2 receptions per game has had over 19 yards per catch since Andre Davis averaged an insane 27.5 in 1999, and so far as I can tell (I can only find stats back to the '95 season) it's probably the first time two Hokies have accomplished the same feat simultaneously.
Dyrell Roberts, who hasn't had a seamless transition to wide receiver but seems to be coming along at the position, doesn't qualify for the leader board on yards per catch because he's averaging fewer than 1.875 receptions per game (he's three catches short). But if he made the cut, Roberts' 17.7 yards per catch would be good for a tie for 27th nationally.
4.) QUESTIONING BUD FOSTER WILL RESULT IN BEING EATEN BY BUD FOSTER
Total Defense National Rank: 13th
Scoring Defense National Rank: 11th
And the 15.75 points per game Foster's defense gave up this season are actually 0.96 fewer points than last year's 9th ranked scoring defense surrendered.
F--k you and your talk of a "down" year.
In 2009 we learned yet again that Bud Foster is a bad, bad man. Bud Foster could coach the High Techs into a top-25 defense. Bud Foster taught Chuck Norris how to make a fist.
But seriously, there were some rough spots with the 2009 Lunch Pail Crew. For one thing, they yielded over 138 rushing yards per game, which ranks 54th nationally. While I don't have the spreadsheet in front of me, I'd be willing to wager a tidy sum that the bulk of those rushing yards came late in games where VT was losing the time of possession battle rather badly (Alabama, Nebraska, Georgia Tech), and if this is true it's more a sign of lack of depth than poor coaching or missed assignments. But it's still a blemish on the record.
But the biggest problem with the defense all year, to me at least, seemed to be the struggles of the defense on 3rd down. A Bud Foster defense usually salivates over 3rd downs, but it seemed this year time after time team after team picked apart our defense on 3rd down, sustaining their drive and keeping our defense on the field for another set. This would prove especially problematic in our three loses, further fatiguing an already belaguered defense worn out by losing the ToP battle. I scoured the internet to find how many 3rd downs the Hokie D faced this year vs. how many they allowed to be converted, but football stat websites, like all sports stat sites in general, are heavily dominated by offensive stats. If anyone knows of such a site, please pass it along. I'd guarantee the Hokies allowed more third downs to be converted this year than they have in quite a while.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This is far from official. Virginia Tech still remains under consideration for an at-large BCS bowl berth. The Chick-fil-a Bowl cannot invite VT until the BCS releases the Hokies from consideration (which is actually expected to happen any day now). The Chick-fil-a Bowl gets first crack at all non-BCS ACC teams, though, so accepting the invitation if and when it comes is a no-brainer.
On the SEC side of things it's a little trickier. If it's true that the Outback selection committee really does have its sights on Auburn that means it's stepping outside of its affiliated division in the SEC. While the Outback Bowl would automatically get first selection of all remaining SEC East teams after BCS and Capital One Bowl selection, if the Outback picks an SEC West team it must wait for the Cotton Bowl selection (which has SEC West affiliation) before sending its invitation.
The logic here is straightforward, if a little involved:
- Florida and Alabama both get BCS bowls
- Capital One bowl selects LSU
- Cotton Bowl selects Ole Miss (Colonel Reb, however, has to catch the game on TV.)
- Outback Bowl crosses over to SEC West, selects Auburn
- Chick-fil-a Bowl selects from all remaining SEC teams
The field of SEC teams is pretty homogenous at this point. We have Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Arkansas all at 7-5. If the selection was based on merit alone, the Vols and Bulldogs are the only two teams without a losing conference record, and Tennessee beat Georgia.
But to be honest, Tennessee is the smart pick without even looking at records. For two teams that have played each other exactly once since World War II, there's quite a bit of hostility between Vols and Hokies, almost at rivarly-level. Part of this is that the two campuses are only 235 miles apart and the two states do (technically) border each other. Another part is the inherent SEC/ACC standoffishness. There has always been interest in the Vols and Hokies getting together on a regular basis, so much so that in 2005 Bruton Smith, owner of the 150,000 seat Bristol Motor Speedway offered the two schools $20 million apiece to participate in what would have undoubtedly become the highest-attended college football game in history (a proposal, coincidentally, that Virginia Tech showed a high degree of interest in, but that the University of Tennessee essentially ignored, killing the deal). While it looks like a regular-season UT/VT rivalry might never happen, when these two teams get together it's sure to be a spirited affair with massive fan base mobilization. And the Chick-fil-a Bowl knows that.
So if it's true that the Outback Bowl is interested in Auburn - the lynchpin in this whole scenario - then get ready to hear this in Blacksburg several times a day for the next month: