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Saturday, January 19, 2013
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
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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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
First, nothing. I mean not a peep out of the athletics department. An obvious gag order from General Beamer. Then a succession of bad rumors. It was Pep! No, it wasn't! Chuck Long's the pick! Disregard that! Greg Adkins to coach the OL! In Buffalo!
Now CBS is reporting that Scot Loeffler has been hired as OC in Blacksburg. Not that he's the leading candidate, mind you, or that his hiring is expected. CBS is saying the hiring has already transpired. So either the coaching search is finally over, or this is just one more bogus rumor to add to the stack. Neither would surprise me.
It's been reported that former Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes was also in Blacksburg the same day as Loeffler, and there's a rumor circulating that Grimes will follow Loeffler to Blacksburg, but I'll believe it when I see it. Not that I have any specific reason to doubt Grimes' hire, but I've been burned on rumors too many times during this coaching search.
If nothing else occurs today, Logan Thomas is expected to announce his intentions regarding a possible early departure for the NFL. LT will release a press release at 4:00 PM eastern. It stands to reason we will know something official about the coaching staff by the end of the day, because LT would have to know about his coaching situation before making a decision on whether to leave early or come back for his senior year. The dropoff in Thomas' productivity would indicate a return, but if LT feels he wouldn't gain anything from his coaches he might opt to cut his losses and hope to survive a steep learning curve in the NFL.
The other two underclassmen Hokies considering an early jump to the NFL, Antone Exum and James Gayle, are both returning for their senior year, but we can't extrapolate Logan's return from that. Tone and Gayle will be returning to play for one of the best defensive coaching staffs in college football. LT would be coming back to play for either one of the worst OCs in college football, or a completely overhauled staff.
If Loeffler really is the pick, though, I think LT will be back. Although Loeffler's tenure as an OC has been the definition of a mixed bag, he is a legit QB coach.
Either way, we should know a whole lot more by this time tomorrow.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Loeffler has a solid resume, with coaching experience as a QB coach at Michigan, Florida, and in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. He has two years of experience as an OC, one at Temple and one at Auburn. His offenses are run-heavy despite having worked with some big-name QBs during his tenure. His 2011 Temple Owls were seventh in the nation in rushing offense.
There's no use ignoring the elephant in the room, his 2012 Auburn offense was god-awful. But he was also a head-scratcher of a choice to replace spread offense prodigy Gus Malzahn. Loeffler attempted to run a hard-nosed ground and pound attack with a roster full of players recruited by Malzahn to run one of the more complex spread schemes in the game.
If you were dying for a sexy, up-tempo, pass-heavy offensive overhaul at VT, this hire would be your worst possible scenario. From what little I've seen of Loeffler's work he reminds me a lot of former VT OC Rickey Bustle. But I will say if Loeffler's the pick then he'll land in a program and a football culture much better suited to his brand of power football.
Again, this is far from official, just rumblings. We'll keep you updated should this rumor shake out to be true or fall apart like others before it.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Except maybe it isn't.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Comcast Mid-Atlantic is reporting a change at OC might be official as early as this afternoon.
UPDATE: CBS's Bruce Feldman confirms via Twitter that Stanford OC Pep Hamilton is meeting with Virginia Tech officials today.
This appears to be a job interview, so we might not be as close to an announcement as Comcast was predicting, but this is proof that Stiney is indeed out at OC.
Keep staying tuned.