"Smart guy, he figured out how to keep Bud Foster"

I thought some of y'all would find this quote from 4-star OL commit Bryan Hudson's coach Jim McKee interesting. It didn't make Koma's story, but it's insightful with regards to the perception of Virginia Tech football.

"People in Kentucky, people probably underestimate how good Virginia Tech football is. But I know how good they are, Justin Fuente is an impressive guy. They'll win the ACC, or be right there to win it, in the next few years.

"Smart guy, he figured out how to keep Bud Foster. I was impressed with him. Similar to Vice, he didn't walk in with some type of air about him, we just sat there and talked like a couple guys.

"I'd be surprised if they don't have the thing where they want it and continue to raise it up."

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Humble swag.

"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. " Rocky B.

IMO I think Bud if a lifer at tech. Sure he'll get his calls and interviews here and there every year but I think he is very content where he is.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Grandpa life is calling him in the future though, he loves it.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Yeah, but I bet his grandkids will love having Grandpa being big-time football coach. As they get older, look at the access they will have. Cool beans!

I think you're right about that.

And we all love him for that.

Frank Beamer set a great example. Regular guy...work hard...be sincere = success. That's what makes being a Hokie great.

JP

Caption this.

Frank explains to the younger generation what they have to look forward to once "digital exam" becomes part of their vocabulary.

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Lol. That fits the picture so well.

"It wasn't MY dog that peed on the pole."

Edit: Ah, I need to drink.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

Coach Fu: "Frank, you can't let hank relieve himself on the poles outside Lane stadium"

Beamer: "Oh, you mean the stadium that sits on Beamer Way? Have you read the sign? No! Exactly! And it wasn't Hank! It was ME!"

The Dude Abides

FOSTERS: Australian for defense

He probably calls Fuente by Palsy.

People in Kentucky, people probably underestimate how good Virginia Tech football is.

People in Kentucky wouldn't know what good football looks like even if it hit them in the dick

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

It's a disgrace they have a larger seating capacity than we do @ Lane.

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They have filled or nearly filled it for a long time.

The school is located in Lexington with a metro population of >500,000. If VT was in like Richmond, I'm sure we could sell out their stadium. Our location holds us back in a lot of ways.

Recruit Prosim

I hear you, and to some extent agree. However, it is located near Roanoke which has a Met Area Pop of over 300k (which is the 4th largest in VA). So, combine that with B'burg & surrounding areas/counties pops, it easily equals (& even exceeds) that of Lexington. Plus, I want to know the attendance figs for us vs UK since we expanded our stadium to over 65k. I bet we easily dwarf theirs.

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Metro area.

If you want to compare metro area, here's Richmond. 1,260,029
Metro area of Lexington, Ky. 506,751

Yes. I already knew about Cap City's Met Area (I used to live there, ya know).
I meant that the Met Area stats of Roanoke + B'burg + C'burg + Radford + etc is = or > than that of Lexington. But it doesn't matter now, as our stadium, apparently, is (or has been) bigger in seating capacity than UK's for some time.

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Radford is 50 miles from Roanoke. Blacksburg is over 40. I would hardly group them as part of a generic 'metro area.' I don't understand how you could legitimately compare Lexington or Richmond to a spattering of towns in SWVA.

I'm not comparing it to Richmond, just Lexington. And so what if it's non-generic. I'm more concerned with the distance the towns/counties are in relation to B'burg, not Roanoke.

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Citing Roanoke from Blacksburg is still 40+ miles. The point remains the same. Population within a 40 mile radius from Lexington and a 40 mile radius form Blacksburg aren't even close.

Actually if you include just the pop of Blacksburg & Roanoke met areas combined, it is.

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If you're considering Roanoke close enough to BBurg then Lexington is close enough to Cincy and LVille

Rip his freaking head off!

No way! BBurg is only 42 mi (40-45 min) away from Roanoke. The distance from Lexington to L'ville is over 7 hrs, while the distance to Cincy is over 6 hrs. No comparison distance-wise. Sorry for the mishap. See comment below for mix-up on 2 Lexingtons.

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The distance from Lexington to L'ville is over 7 hrs

This is sooo misleading. It's only 6.5 hrs.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

My bad. Yeah, it interpreted Lexington Va instead of Ky. The point still stands that BOTH locations are well over an hour away, whereas Roanoke is well under an hour from the 'burg.

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It's not possible to have two towns named the same thing in two different states. It's just not allowed. That coudl never happen.

/s

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What is this subthread even about any more?

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

ORIGINALLY it was about the difference in seating capacity between Lane and UK's stadium.

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A&W Restuarants vs. Papa Johns

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

you just got my hopes up that A&W was from SWVA

Recruit Prosim

According to HokieMacgruber it is.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

What? Lane is 66k, UK is 61k

Just checked it. My bad y'all. I sorry. I thought that they were over 70k for a time, but I see now that is not the case. Sorry.

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I reeeaaallly wanted them to beat Florida this past year. Shame, ..I don't think they'll get it done for another 30 years now.

Lamar Jackson says hello

What does that have to do with anything. We're talking about UK, not Loserville.

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People in Kentucky

Where is Louisville?

Different city. Different college.

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Are you sure? University of Louisville and University of Kentucky are not the same college?

Can anyone confirm?

Are you sure? University of Louisville and University of Kentucky are not the same college?

I realize that you're just jerkin muh chain.
But yes. I'm sure. UK & UoL are NOT the same.

I'd would put cash mahnee down on it.

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You mean:

Lamar Jackson's Mom says hello

Looks like they pull out all the stops for a spring game.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

What if it stomped them in the back of the leg?

that man makes me so proud to be a hokie.../s

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I see what you're doing here Joe, and I fully appreciate it.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

Blue Collar attitude with a white collar winning approach...

ALWAYS
BE
CLOSING

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Vice definitely has that vibe where you could totally spend a day with him fishing and work through a cooler of beer. That's gotta go over really well with a lot of coaches. I'd hope with O-linemen, too.

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I like that people who matter are starting to get the same sense of what is building in Blacksburg. For me, it started when QP committed. People are starting to take notice that we are close.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Let's pick up Devyn Ford. Solid class last year...this one could be even better.

JP

I feel like as fans we put way too much emphasis on single recruits at times. I'm hopeful for QP and all but he was actually the 3rd highest rated recruit in this class. Personally I'd guess the two most significant factors for our seemingly improved recruiting are: 1. the coaches have now had a couple years to get established, build relationships, and start evaluating recruits earlier. They also appear to have worked with support staff to develop a cohesive strategy and message to pitch recruits. 2. VT football had gone 29-23 over Beamer's final 4 seasons and rumblings about his retirement were getting harder to ignore. VT has gone 19-8 in the last two years under Fuente and looked competitive against Watson and Clemson in the ACC championship.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Getting the second best Player from the state of Illinois was a statement to me. We all know based on the feedback people have been giving him that it sure seems he should have a higher rating. I definitely agree that the recruiting dynamic has changed for better, but QP was when I noticed other people noticing what Fuente is doing here big picture.

My last sentence as I reread it...

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

This is such a good look. The kids committing are obviously the desired endgame, but when you have HS coaches basically stumping for the VT staff? That's gold, Jerry. Gold!

One question, though: what in the fuck does this sentence mean?

"I'd be surprised if they don't have the thing where they want it and continue to raise it up."

Swear to god I've read it 10 times and still have no clue

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

I think (could be incorrect) that he's referencing a Natty trophy.

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No doubt a reference to an empty trophy case possibly being filled?

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Just saying that Fuente will get the program back to fans' standards (~10ish wins, competing for conference championships) and will continue to increase the stature of the program from there

Fuente will get the program back to fans' standards (~10ish wins, competing for conference championships)

Technically hasn't he already done that in the past 2 years?

I think keeping Bud was a very smart move and Bud seems to be a little more pep in his step it seems. Maybe having an offense helps him out a little??

I'm not entirely sure the product on the field for the last couple years reflects "having an offense". I believe in Fuente, but there's work to be done

You don't think a transfer JUCO QB in year 1 setting multiple school records or Josh Jackson setting multiple freshman records last year constitutes us as having an offense? I understand there is obviously room for improvement but we have been at least an average to above average offensive team the past couple years with A LOT of young guys playing last year

I agree and disagree with both views. We have a real threat to score on any drive I feel like and I didn't feel like that towards the end of Beamer's tenure. I don't feel like we are nearly consistent enough on offense yet which is where we have some work to do. I do believe this year we will really see more consistency out of the offense though. We have a little more experience with that young talent.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

Total yards and points per game since Tyrod graduated in 2011. Is there work to be done, sure. But with the right people (checks recruiting rankings the past couple of years which has also increased), we do/will have an offense. The proof is in the numbers even with a Freshman QB and limited skilled players. Thank god for Cam last year.

2017: 412.8 28.2
2016: 444.9 35.0
2015: 385.1 31.0
2014: 365.3 24.1
2013: 356.0 22.5
2012: 376.8 25.1

CLEMSON (for comparison)

2017: 429.6 33.3
2016 503.7 39.2

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Thanks for the numbers. I think the uptick in offensive production for the past 2 years shows that Fuente's system works in the ACC and now he just needs the players that fit his system and to make adjustments off of what didn't work against ACC defenses. You have to realize that he has tape from 2 Clemson games, 1 of those Clemson teams went on to win the NC and we almost pulled a W in that game. The next year we weren't as competitive but we didn't just fold. This upcoming year we have a decent schedule to see how our players have developed.

We are about to enter into the full Fuente player era. We have already seen the small uptick in recruit grades in the past 2 years. I think that the one thing that people start to overlook is that with our offense on the come up, how many of those playmakers on D want to come play for Bud when they know that it isn't just that side of the ball keeping us in a game. I have no clue what the 16-18 year old kids really think about that but I would assume that plays a part in it.

Also want to put the record for the years that FudBoster gave numbers for:
2017: 9-4
2016: 10-4
2015: 7-6
2014: 7-6
2013: 8-5
2012: 7-6

Clemson(for comparison)
2017: 12-2
2016: 14-1