Well, the day has finally come. As CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman reported, the Frankinator has hired Scot Loeffler to be his new offensive coordinator. Yep, that Scot Loeffler. The one handed the dumpster fire at Auburn. The one who threw a TOTAL of 198 passes at Temple in 2011 (for comparison, Logan Thomas threw 429 this season).
My three thoughts on the hiring immediately after it happened:
- What does this mean in terms of Thomas' professional decision?
- How in the hell does Feldman know so many people, on so many different staffs? Was it because he wrote a book with Mike Leach, and now all universities have a fear of being boarded and pirated? Yeah, that must be it. If it happened to Craig James, it could happen to you.
But, after I did my research I started to feel more confident about his hiring.
Saying that Loeffler was handed a dumpster fire at Auburn is putting it lightly. It was more like he was handed Chernobyl. Everything was a stage five meltdown. You can't blame him for taking the job, because wouldn't you think, "Sure, it may be Gene Chizik, but it's still a step up from Temple?" But nope, Chizik was fighting for his job earlier than anyone anticipated, after a 7-24 loss to Arkansas, their 4th in 5 games, and the entire football team looked disorganized and unmotivated (as if it was run by a coach trying to save his job).
There had been reports that former Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes was also in the interview. That is looking up. Never heard of him, but looked him up on Rivals. That is not too shabby at all. I would definitely take that.
You know who will be happy about this hire though? J.C. Coleman, Trey Edmunds and Drew "if he qualifies" Harris. Even last season, Loeffler's offense had two running backs that averaged six yards a carry. Their stats were inflated against bad teams, but what running back's aren't? He also helped Bernard Pierce get his gig as Ray Rice's backup, as he ran for nearly 1,500 yards and TWENTY-SEVEN (27!!!) scores. Apparently Loeffler likes to run, and Coleman and Edmunds will run for him.
This all lead to yesterday's big-time decision from Logan Thomas. Would he stay or go? Would he leave Tech in the lurch with (possibly) a true freshman as the starter against Alabama?
Well HokieNation was told that a release with Logan's decision would come at 4 pm. We presumed his announcement would be scheduled to post on HokieSports.com for then. We were sorely, sorely mistaken. At 2:30 yesterday, we found out our good friend Logan was going on College Football Live, to make his announcement on ESPN! Rece Davis? Mark May? Lou Holtz? ESPN? I'll take it! However, in pure #goacc fashion, the show was bumped to ESPNU due to the fact that Lance Armstrong is a doped up bully. And apparently the fearsome threesome of Davis/May/Holtz were on vacation. So we got Tessitore, Gilmore and someone I don't even remember.
Side note: Let's be honest. If I'm Jim Weaver and I hear that it's moved to ESPNU, I'm keeping things internal. Roth/Burnop/Allegretta. Hokies AllAccess. Thirty minute decision special. Proceeds go to the inevitable Bud Foster raise to keep up with Loeffler's salary. Book it.
Anyways, spoiler alert: he decided to stay. That means in less than 24 hours, we have a new offensive coordinator and the relief that our quarterback is staying to work with him. I really have nothing else to say, but Spencer Hall at EDSBS summed up my feelings adequately.
Let's move on.
In basketball, the Hokies followed a terrible, no good, very bad, loss at Maryland with an even worse 11-point loss to a Boston College team, that I thought may not be as bad as predicted. And then BC lost to Wake Forest. So I guess not.
Either way, Tech finally got an ACC win in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. This game looked to be on its way to another terrible loss...and then Erick Green started to do Erick Green things...scoring 12 of Tech's last 15 points in regulation, forcing overtime. They won by five in OT, a big win for a team desperate for one.
The good- Green's 28 points on 9 for 16 shooting. Barksdale's double-double. Jarrell Eddie's clutch corner three in OT.
The bad-12 turnovers, Rorell Breddie's combined 5-20 shooting. They are now an offensive couple. Every time they both have a bad game I'm combing their names. This is happening. We need them and they need each other to create offensive balance. Rorell Breddie is going to catch on.
Up next- Wake Forest. This could be good. This also could go very poorly. It's going to be a roller coaster season.
On to weekly news and notes:
- Apparently Texas A&M's athletic director had a talk with Scooby Football about "Heisman Responsibility". Manziel looked at him and said, "cool story bro, I'm gonna hit the craps tables."
- After the championship game, writer Clay Travis wrote a controversial article criticizing a journalism professor at Michigan State for taking offense to Bret Musberger's oogling at the former Miss Alabama. Of course by controversial I mean regarded as Troll City by, you know, people. It was apparently not read/taken offense by his readership, who are mainly in it for the pictures anyways. The lesson, as always: if a tree falls in the woods, would Clay Travis suggest James Franklin be hired to replace it?
- Apparently former OC candidate Pep Hamilton has been contacted by multiple NFL teams, including the Jets. If Rex Ryan hires both his brother Rob and Pep, we should all look forward to the brand new CBS weight loss show Pep In Your Step.
- And last but not least, please enjoy this video apparently promoting ESPN's new show starring Andy Katz:
Because nothing says watch this show with our 178th best personality like an over modulated microphone and Seth Greenberg whispering for the first time in his life.
Heading back to Blacksburg on Friday so until next week, cheers.