Things have been quiet around here. That's a good thing, noise around a college football team at this point in the season is never a good thing. I hope you guys have more to share than I do.
Jim Tressel resigned as head coach of The Ohio State Buckeyes on Memorial Day morning. His brilliant coaching career was ended the minute he withheld information about his players receiving improper benefits. Good people make mistakes too, and I hope he gets the opportunity to redeem himself. Tressel (241) had been second only to Joe Paterno (401) in wins among active coaches. The Frankinator (240) now has the distinction of riding shotgun to JoePa. The HokieMD is thankful for everything Coach Beamer has done.
If you look closely, the way Beamer handled Marcus Vick is the same way he has navigated the Hokies for nearly a quarter of a century. Beamer has never reacted too quickly or firmly. Rather, he’s given players, assistants, and his own philosophies a chance to marinate, simmer, and slow cook. If the final product is bad, he changes the recipe. At least then he knows what he's throwing out. You see this same experimentation—almost a scientific method—in all of Beamer's decisions. Beamer's coaching changes this off-season are a prime example.
Beamer strives for balance. He navigates just under the upper echelon of college football with far less money, facilities, and resources (read: players) than anyone in the country. Maybe Beamer hasn't pulled the trigger on that one fantastical decision that would take his program to the top, but he hasn't made the crucial mistake to dissolve everything he has built, either. Today, instead of watching my beloved university hemorrhage resources to hide from a potentially paralyzing NCAA penalty, I'm staring at my panoramic photo of Lane Stadium, the House that Frank Built, and dreaming of the upcoming season.
My money is forever invested in Beamer Co stock.
Tressel and Beamer, both connoisseurs and abusers of punts.
Kickoff for Appalachian State is at 12:30 pm, Arkansas State is at 4:00 pm. Who likes waking up for kegs and eggs? I do, or more appropriately, did.
Chris Colston spoke to HokieHaven.com's Brian Mohr about recruiting in a two-part series.
I asked him, of Virginia Tech's 10 commitments so far, whom he liked best. Wasn't surprised when he said running back J.C. Coleman out of Oscar Smith in Chesapeake. He saw him in some seven-on-seven drills last week and said he looked fabulous. Coleman is an excellent receiver and really will add a valuable dimension to the Hokies offense. Watch the way they use David Wilson this year; they're probably going to throw to him a lot more, and it could set the template for Coleman.
He did say, however, that people might be a little surprised when they see him in person. He ain't big. I met Coleman at the spring game, and when he's listed at 5-7 they're not selling him short. I don't care how big he is though; he's got a great smile, great personality, and there have been many big-time NFL backs who were about his size.
Bud Elliot predicts David Wilson to be both the pre, and post-season first team All-ACC.
David Wilson of the Virginia Tech Hokies gained 619 yards on only 113 carries and 234 yards receiving on only 15 catches. That as as the #2/#3 back. He's the man this year. VT is breaking in a new QB, meaning they will lean on the run game even more. And the schedule is an absolute joke. He could have All-ACC honors locked up before November. The only concern here is health. Can Wilson handle the workload?
I actually think we're going to keep the offense pretty open and balanced. The coaches seem to trust LT3, he has a veteran core of receivers to throw to, albeit not dreamy, and there are enough cupcakes* to gain experience against before getting into the meat of the schedule. I believe Wilson can handle the workload, but I still think the coaches will try to compliment him with Oglesby.
*It's an overstated, relative term now. In case you forgot we lost to JMU last year. Sorry.