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...
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