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.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Regular Season Recap

We were 1-5 against teams with a winning record, and 5-1 against teams with a .500 or worse record.

We finish the season with the 24th ranked total defense and the 73rd ranked total offense.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

UVA open thread

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

So it comes to this...

No review of the BC game. Why? Because it was exactly what I fucking expected. We struggled mightily to put away one of the absolute worst teams in 1A football. We are as bad as everyone says we are. We might be worse.

But up until this past Saturday we were still in contention to play for an ACC championship, because we are in what might be the worst division of any conference in the nation. The ACC Coastal is a cesspool this season. Whoever winds up representing the Coastal in the ACCCG will finish the regular season with no better than a 7-5 record, and if Miami self-imposes a postseason ban you can take it to the bank that a 6-6 Georgia Tech team will be our division's standard bearer, because the Bees stand a snowball's chance in hell of beating UGA this week.

Meanwhile, we have to beat the Hoos just to keep our bowl streak alive. This, in an era where you find bowl invitations in the bottom of your Cracker Jack.

I have lost all faith, friends. Every last shred of hope and faith that any current member of our coaching staff can right this ship. Because although Bud has been our rudder for the last decade, the nature of the game has shifted. You can't win on defense anymore. Not in the era of the spread. You can beat spread teams who field inferior talent, but when you line up against guys as good as yours, the spread offense is going to get its points. And that means your offense has to get theirs, too.

I'm not saying you have to install a spread. Case in point, look at what Stanford just did to Oregon using old fashioned punch you in the neck football. But you have to field a well-rounded, complete team where the no one facet of the game is the foundation. The entire game must be the foundation. Every unit has an essential responsibility to fulfill, and the successes of one unit cannot compensate for the failures of another. And Frank has never known how to build a football team like that.

The current offensive staff must be shredded. They cannot field the type of offense that 21st century champions must have. I've maintained throughout my tenure on this blog that Bryan Stinespring has a place on this offense, just not as OC. I was wrong. He has to be fired. Because he'll always be angling to get back into the booth, to have his hands of the game plan. All ties must be severed. We must start fresh, or we will become an afterthought, the Dan Marino of college football, that team that was almost great.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

BC Open Thread

Sorry for the lack of a preview this week. I've been dealing with dine medical stuff, nothing serious just time consuming.

Post in-game thoughts and reactions here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A bit of positive offensive news...

According to CFB's official site, the depth chart has been updated for this week: Corey Fuller and Demitri Knowles have been moved to the starting receiver spots over Marcus Davis and Dyrell Roberts. I've wanted to see Fuller in a starting role since week one when he hauled in 5 passes for 82 yards. He's shown some very sticky hands this season (not quite Danny Coale sticky, but far stickier than Marcus "Drops-A-Lot" Davis). Lets see if Logan's passing numbers improve in the first half this week.

This could be another tough break for Davis - who's physical tools give him the look of an NFL-bound wideout. Getting benched in your third to last (or worse, second to last) college game is enough to scare many NFL scouts away, never mind his newfound Deadspin fame. Maybe if this had happened in week 2 or 3, he would have had a chance to fight back into the #1 spot - something that could have earned him some positive attention late in the season.

Stiney and Sherman claim another victim.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Scraping the bottom.


The coaches have lost the locker room and LT has lost his last remaining shred of confidence. Our receivers block like they're a ref and our offensive line is as offensive as I've seen it in a decade.

We suck.

We have to win out to go to a bowl. We haven't won on the road so far this year and Virginia is averaging over 41 points per game over their last two contests.

My friends, we're at the precipice. The moment we all knew was coming is upon us. 

The chance of a traditional pull yourself up by the bootstraps VT turnaround disappeared long ago. This is our last gasp at trying to scrape together what might with enough spin be considered a mediocre season. Lose either of the next two and everything, EVERYTHING Frank Beamer has hung his hat on during the Stiney era is out the window. Ten win seasons, ACC championships, bowls. Gone. 

Rosin up your fiddle, Frank. The fire is spreading.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

FSU Open Thread

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Guest FSU Preview: Ollie Williams


Thanks, Ollie.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hey you.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

The war drums are getting louder.

I've been involved with this site since 2008. For most of the past four years I've considered myself a part of a vocal minority, far outside the mainstream coverage of Virginia Tech football. We were the easily dismissed know nothing armchair coaches. But things sure have changed.

Aaron McFarling has an article out that pretty much nails the situation. This isn't a blogger. McFarling is a VT beat reporter with full media credentials. (Let's see how long he keeps those.)

Frank Beamer is under more pressure now than he has been since 1992. If you've watched any interviews or press conferences you can see it in his body language and hear it in his voice. But unlike in '92, Frank is not beholden to the AD. Frank winning his little game of chicken with Jim Weaver over the UNC job offer back in the day gave Beamer full reign over football with an iron fist. Weaver cannot force Frank's hand.

If Frank is going to be pressured into change, that pressure will come from the media and the fans. Us, basically.

Now is the time to be loud.

I don't usually like to hawk the tshirts you see over on the left sidebar because I'm not running this blog to sell anything. But if you are in or close to the New River Valley I urge you to pick one up and wear it. Be visible. This is the greatest chance we've had to accomplish our goal since I've been manning this post.

And just as a reminder, I don't get any sort of a commission from shirts sold. I'm not trying to profit from this. Spreadshirt let's you set the commission you make off each sale, and all items in the FBS store are set to zero commission.

Anyway, John Q. Hokie, average fan, is more sympathetic to our position than ever before. We shouldn't just assume that Frank will make the right call.

Keep the pressure up, Hokies.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Miami Open Thread

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