Kumah, CC, McClease, JJ...
Head coaches, even those that are the most respectful of their predecessors, are almost universally ego maniacs. They've had major success their entire career sticking to their unique philosophy and program. Anything that potentially poses a challenge to that can be seen as a cancer and needs to be eliminated, similar to how white blood cells treat a virus (or whatever the medical terminology is).
Me thinks Fuente saw the product on the field this year and his instinct was to correct it the only way his instinct knew how: get rid of what was associated with the previous regime and was not 100% in line with his philosophy.
Now I'm not saying that he kicked these kids out, but you best believe that some conversations were had and the old "shape up or ship out" was thrown around. I also don't want to give off the idea that these guys were problems, but they were not 100% behind the current staff.
Have to give it to Fu, he took a couple of drastic measures to try and right the ship. He is pushing all his chips to the middle of the table and is betting on his philipsophy. My prediction is that we either take off in 2019 and 2020, or fail dramatically and flame out in a way that VT football has never experienced. Fuente is going die on his own hill, or he will be vindicated for his decisions over the past year.