Fuente Earns Contract Extension at Virginia Tech

Football coach Justin Fuente now under contract through the 2023 season

[Michael Shroyer]

Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced Tuesday that head football coach Justin Fuente has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Blacksburg through the 2023 season.

A consensus selection as the 2016 ACC Coach of the Year, Fuente guided the Hokies to 10 victories and a berth in the ACC Championship Game in his debut campaign at Virginia Tech. The Hokies concluded the season at No. 16 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and The AP Top 25, marking Tech's high finish in the final polls since 2010.

"Coach Fuente has exceeded our expectations in terms of how well he and his staff have embraced the winning tradition established by Coach Beamer at Virginia Tech, while adding their own distinct touches to enhance the legacy of our program," Babcock said.

"Justin has set high expectations for our team in the classroom, in the community and on the field," he continued. "I personally appreciate the way he exemplifies our Virginia Tech values and helps instill those attributes in our student-athletes. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our program as he continues making a positive impact on our campus and in the lives of every individual associated with Virginia Tech Football."

Fuente was also named the top first-year FBS head coach in the nation by the Football Writers Association of America, sharing that honor with USC's Clay Helton in 2016. He became the initial coach to guide the Hokies to a bowl victory in his debut season as Tech's overcame a 24-0 deficit in the Belk Bowl to register a 35-24 victory over Arkansas.

"My family feels incredibly blessed that I'm able to work at Virginia Tech and we're able call Blacksburg our home," Fuente said. "I am very appreciative for the leadership of Whit, Desiree (Reed-Francois), Dr. Sands and the Board of Visitors in making Virginia Tech such an attractive destination for a head coach and a staff. Their support, a talented and hard-working group student-athletes and an unbelievably passionate fan base were all paramount in helping us build on Coach Beamer's winning culture.

"I'm also indebted to our coaching staff and support personnel for their continued loyalty and dedication," he continued. "Our student-athletes know how invested our staff is in the success of our team and in helping them achieve their personal goals in the classroom, in life and on the football field. I'm excited that we'll continue the work that we've begun at Virginia Tech for many years to come."

The ACC's youngest head coach and the fourth-youngest FBS head coach, Fuente oversaw an offensive resurgence for the Hokies in 2016 as Tech tied or broke 10 single-season offensive records, including points (490), total TDs (61), first downs (330) and total offense (6,223).

The Hokies also continued Tech's tradition of being opportunistic on defense and special teams in Fuente's debut campaign in Blacksburg. Tech's defense ranked second among Power Five teams in third-down defense (27.3 pct.), fourth in tackles for loss (113.0) and fifth in opponent completion percentage (50.1) in 2016. Meanwhile, the Hokies blocked two FGs, one punt and a PAT in 2016, returning one of those blocked FGs for a touchdown. Tech also scored on an 87-yard punt return against East Carolina last season.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma native joined the Hokies after leading a remarkable resurgence during his four seasons as head coach at the University of Memphis. In 2014, after leading the Tigers to their first conference championship since 1971 and the most wins in Memphis history over a two-year period, Fuente was the unanimous selection as American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Regarded as one of the rising stars on the college coaching scene when he arrived at Virginia Tech, Fuente inherited a Memphis program that had compiled a 5-31 record in the three seasons (2009-11) prior to his arrival. He systematically brought the Tigers back to respectability and postseason prominence, leading Memphis to a 19-6 record in his final two campaigns.

Fuente joins men's basketball coach Buzz Williams as another member of the Virginia Tech coaching fraternity with a longterm contract. Williams agreed to an extension in July 2016 that will keep him in Blacksburg through the 2022-23 season.

Contract Amendment / Extension Summary

Contract Year Base + Supplemental Buyout Retention Bonus
2017 $3,250,000 $6,000,000
2018 $3,400,000 $5,000,000 $200,000 Payable 4/1/18
2019 $3,500,500 $3,000,000
2020 $3,650,000 $1,000,000 $250,000 Payable 4/1/20
2021 $3,750,000 $750,000
2022 $3,900,000 $500,000
2023 $4,000,000

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Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced Tuesday that head football coach Justin Fuente has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Blacksburg through the 2023 season.

I love news from the future!

Go Hokies

Big recruiting get indeed.

He makes more than the Governor, so I'm going to have to temper my enthusiasm.

Naa.

Teddy KGB always gets a leg!

In FU we trust! I just put on my sunglasses!

But how long do we have him?

Where is Lawson?!

Isn't this the kind of crazy contract extension that we made fun of ND giving to Charlie Weiss?

I mean, in Whit I trust, but I don't get the purpose of a 6 year extension after only the first year. I mean, Fuente hasn't even loaded up the roster with his guys and only has one recruiting class under his belt.

Seems a bit high risk to me, despite liking him a lot.

Bitter posted some of the financial details. You'll find that the extension isn't a financial risk for the university at all. It's a modest financial extension that happens to run until 2023.

I'll have to check it out. If the extension isn't a financial risk for the university, then I'm glad the university is making moves to retain him.

It's exactly what he did with Buzz.

If anything he's sending the message out that VT is a great opportunity for any coach in any sport to attain. You come here and show success and we will reward you for it. It's the kind of thing you do if you're looking to be a premier destination for coaches nationally. We don't play games, and we immediately reward results. Hard to not like that.

"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

I think you hit the nail on the head. I was a little surprised by this, but very excited. Not much of a risk when you look at the terms and paying our coach 4th/5th in the ACC sounds exactly right. Obviously the 10 win season, ACC COY, Coastal champs etc in year 1 plus breaking all those offensive records without hurting Bud's unit (and his young age, hot commodity before VT) makes this an awesome play by Whit imo. But the signal this sends in conjunction with how we've rewarded Buzz, is a major (and possibly bigger? Future will tell) aspect.

Yep, its all about sending the message that VT is a coach's friendly school. If you want to come somewhere that will immediately reward achievement and will continually reaffirm their trust, come to Virginia Tech. Along with that, you're now reading articles that we're also opening the checkbook for recruiting as well for both football and basketball to allow our coaches to do the job they want to do. This is all about perception, and Whit is completely transforming us overnight. He's making it so that he can go out and routinely get the pick of the litter every time we have an opening, and so far, its been workin perfectly.

"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

difference is weis didnt have previous head coaching experience

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

And Fuente actually won games to earn his extension. Weis got paid for almost beating USC.

Not a lot of risk money wise.

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I think this is a good move, and well worth the money. I'd like to see Fuente stick around for a long time.

Seems to me that Fuente is the types who want to build his own legacy, and VT seems to offer what he needs in order to do that.

I think and hope that Fuente and Buzz are in it for the long haul. You know that is Whit's goal. It was what our fan base is used to and desires. Both coaches have kids that are of the age where moving is tough, so that works in our favor. At this point, I'd say Fuente is more likely to stay at VT for a long time; Buzz will always be a bit of a wild card.

I could really see both of these coaches staying for 10+ years, and I hope it happens.

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The more I think about Buzz the more I think he might be here for a while. Whit is basically allowing him to run the program as he sees fit, giving him a blank check for resources and at the same time telling him that he's free to go if he finds something better. That last part may seem like a questionable tactic, but I see it as being the biggest reason to stay. Combined with being in the ACC, where are you going to get a better deal than that? Sure, higher profile jobs might open up and come calling, but I don't see any other program essentially giving him the free reign to do what he wants like we are. I also don't see any of these higher profile programs allowing him to write his own contract like Whit did here.

"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

Not sure how I feel about the lack of penalty if he leaves. I like the idea of taxing the future team some sort of entry fee.

In reality, it probably doesn't make that much difference, and since we managed to land great coaches in Fuente and Williams, it was probably a good move.

This is where I think it actually helps us. Right now the reality is that he's got complete flexibility to do what he wants when he wants. Whenever another opportunity comes around, he's always going to have to think that he will have to sacrifice having control of his career to take it, and that alone might keep him around, especially when you factor in everything else we have to offer him here.

"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

That may well be.

In any event, I'm really happy about both Fuente and Williams right now, and they seem happy.

So everything is awesome.

Surprised that Fuente is the 4th youngest coach in FBS. I have to imagine that we might have the youngest combined coaches between Justin and Buzz. Sets VT up really well for the future if Whit can keep them happy!

Don't read the comments on your local news station's Facebook story about impending tuition increases this morning.

I can't believe how many idiots think the tuition increase is to pay for Fuente's extension. It's as maddening as the people who tried to tell me that tuition increases paid for the Beamer Barn.

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Wow, one person asking why students should have to pay for football players' contracts. I don't even know where to start with that one. I'm willing to bet some of these comments are from your local VT hater/UVA fans that I know so many of.

UVA fans

Just tell them it's so that we can do #HardThingsTogether

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The amount of ridiculous rumors this contingent of people have started about VT is hilarious. Stuff like this, where tuition increases all directly go to the football program, and then even the rumor that VT and VT alone brought the stink bug here to control the lady bug population and let it get out of hand. Yes, I've heard that.

As soon as I heard the news about the tuition increase this morning, I knew it was coming. Idiots are going to believe what they want to believe. In that sense, it was unfortunate timing the way both stories broke.

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it was unfortunate timing the way both stories broke

A little TOO unfortunate if you ask ME.

/s

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So his contract is extended through 2023, but that doesn't guarantee that he will be here that long right?
That's the buyout column of the contract details. Looks like we can safely assume he's here through 2019, maybe 2020, while the buyout isn't too high. I would imagine that our world class AD would kick him another bonus or something after another 2 seasons or so to sweeten the deal, with yet another increased buyout.

That is the way it normally works. Things continue to go well, give him another extension in a year or two and keep that buyout high. Slack off in production and just let things ride (and buyouts decrease).

Looks like Fuente is showing where the gun show is in that photo.

Under the ACC?

#FuenteEnFuego

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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Hokie Club released post deadline numbers and got to say I'm a little disappointed. 13,170. That's up from 11,402 a few days prior to the deadline. Was really hoping to see the membership at 14-15,000 by this point.

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I'm surprised there was a considerable jump at all. I've assumed this would be a slow burn to 25k over the course of the next decade.

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yeah, maybe they should have called it "Coast for 25" or "Trudge for 25"

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If it takes a decade to get to 25,000 Hokie a club members we might as well give up on dreams of NC in basketball or football.

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You're preaching to the choir, but I don't think failing to get to 25k Hokie Club members in under a decade would preclude us from winning a natty for the rest of time.

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If by 2028 Tech can't get to 25,000 while every other school is already at that number and growing, what will their financial situation be in a decade compared to Tech's? The Hokies will be so far behind at that point.

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As of the most recent Hokie Club guidebook there is 1 school in the ACC with over 25,000 donors, and we come in 5th in number of donors at 10,158 (now 4th at 13,000+). I understand the need to grow the Hokie Club, and I encourage other Tech alums I meet to donate, but this alarmism is tiresome.

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tiresome

Just wanted to emphasize

And even if it wasn't, beating members of TKP over the head about this isn't exactly hitting the target audience of people who aren't giving.

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Based on lack of Key Players Club membership and the sheer number of visitors to TKP there are plenty of people who aren't giving to either cause.

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Freely admit I am not a TKP member, but I am a Hokie Club member. It is possible to be one and not the other.

WHAT?!?!

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I think Joe said at one point the site got 20,000 unique visitors a month. If even half those people joined the Hokie Club it would be almost at its 25,000 memeber goal. There are plenty of active members on here who haven't joined for one reason or another. Well if my post gets just one of them to join I say it's worth it. As for the assertion that it's tiresome and overplayed I suggest looking at the finances and statements from Whit. VT can not continue to operate with such low giving and low membership. So either we all step up or something goes away whether it's coaching salary increases, an Olympic sport or keeping good coaches across the board.

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I think the people you're talking to are all fairly aware of the financial playing field that we're dealing with, and I don't think some of the assumptions you're making are very accurate at all.

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for instance, I don't know how Joe measures the traffic, but I'm assuming it's IP address related and I visit from my work computer as well as my personal computer at home. (and my phone, and my work phone) so I could potentially account for multiple "unique" visitors but I only pay into the Hokie Club under one name.

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

And yet he Hokie Club sits at less than 14,000 members. An increase of less than 4,000 after one of the most successful sports years at Tech. How does almost every school in the ACC have more total giving and more given per donor than Tech? Where is the shortfall?

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As I said, we all get it. Trust me. We don't think you're lying.

But harping on us in every other thread is almost as old to me as Lawson jokes at this point.

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You keeping saying things about Lawson he might transfer if he reads things like that.

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That's a 30% increase in membership in a matter of months after YEARS of stagnation and failed messaging. Frankly, I think the increase is pretty damn impressive. The Drive for 25 is a many-years-long effort. You can't expect everything to change after one good season.

I fully understand that the ultimate goal of 25,000 is a years long effort. But with well over 150,000 living alums getting 15,000 by this point should have been as easy as letting the comparisons to other ACC schools be seen.

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Many of those alumni dealt with years of poor communication and no vision from the Hokie Club. It's still not even a smoothly operating process. They're in the process of reversing years of bad policy. It's not just about the numbers, it's perception.

Yet schools like UVA, NCST, Wake etc all with what I would consider worse overall sports teams across the board get a higher percentage of alums to donate. Their product isn't better, they don't have some grand advantage of being a much larger university or better reputation to have higher income earners. What keeps Hokies from donating? What has kept the Hokie Club among other things so poorly supported? We saw a jump in membership when Fuente was hired to above 10,000 in a long time and then a decent bump during the season the almost 11,00. Then the drive for 25 comes out with associated finances and messaging about how Whit can't sustain the growth without help from the Alums/fans. I get there are issues with communication or people feel like they don't get anything for their money. But that doesn't explain why over 125,000 alums not to mention non alum fans which there are plenty have stepped up with 100 dollars to join the Hokie club. Downvote away people but my one man crusade to increase giving to everything Hokie won't end because you find it tiresome or overplayed.

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I have never once been contacted by the Hokie Club. I wasn't even aware of its existence when I graduated in 2007. I knew there were donors but figured it was sort of a voluntary, look-into-it-on-your-own thing. So I never bothered looking into it. Only in the last few years has it become clear to me how things work. That was an abject failure by the Hokie Club for likely many years to leverage school spirit (for which VT is always ranked very highly among its undergraduate population) to bring in the money. Things are turning around, but I expect my experience is similar to that of many other alumni.

DING DING DING! Rich friends had parents who donated and got tickets. I bummed off their tickets. I had no idea that a student or recent graduate could even donate because all the people I knew who did it were much older/more established.

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I think you have a glass half-empty outlook on this situation. We made substantial progress over the past year. It's not going to happen in one year. Schools like Wake and UVa have more old money flowing in and more doctors and lawyers who generally make higher incomes. We don't have as many big money donors. It's just a fact of the schools' demographics. It's going to take some time to reach our goal, but the progress we made in one year is pretty impressive considering how bad the Hokie Club was.

Not sure about every school, but unfortunately the administrative functions at VT were/are incredibly bad. I could harp and lament on how incredibly poor the VT alumni office is managed for days. This same ass backwardness seems to have been rife in the Hokie Club as well. It's gonna take time with a complete overhaul to even get it to the point where building a larger alumni base is possible. Then you have to convince people like me (in regards to Alumni office at least) that have even been offering to do the work for them, that they have changed before I give them any more money, if at all.

Unfortunately I would classify the efforts of VT in regards to alumni efforts (including HC) up to date as lazy, apathetic, reactionary, disorganized and boring as fuck.

Then I see a friend who's high school has the entirety of their schools Alumni from year 1 to now (over 100 years) on a freaking app, with contact info, bios, links to social media, etc. And a damn button on the App to donate to the school from your phone in everything including bitcoin. Meanwhile I can even get a list of names of Hokies in Asia. that's just sad.

it's going to take a while and we have only just started to get to the point where we can actually start.

And those things all suck but what stops someone from saying "I want to help fix those issues" here is 100 dollars I'll join and be part of the solution? My high school has a slick and every present alum office who wants money. I don't donate because I don't believe in what the school has done since I've left. I donate to VT as a non alumni because o do believe in what the money complaint of people don't know about the Hokie Club at this point is a fallacy, everyone knows about the Hokie Club and that they need members.

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everyone knows about the Hokie Club and that they need members

I know anecdotes aren't arguments, but my boss who's an 09 alum didn't know about the Hokie Club until I told her about it. This was a few months after the Drive for 25 started. We're talking about your average alum who watches a few football games on TV a year and doesn't go back to Blacksburg very often if ever. Some of us on fan sites like this can lose perspective on how many (or few) people are actually equally as passionate about VT.

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I'll concede that point that someone on here I have a narrowish view of Hokie fans. But even in my interactions around SC with people who are Hokie grads/fans he response to giving to the Hokie Club is "meh why should I"? Charleston has a pretty large Hokie Alum group, one who is active and does Lot of things, but i can't convince anyone new to join the Hokie Club, not because they don't know about it or don't care about sports but because they just don't want to.

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everyone knows about the Hokie Club

This is a wild assumption. I only learned about the Hokie Club because eventually other people told me about it while I was around VT for 10 years. Everyone here probably knows all about the Hokie Club, but I wonder what an actual survey of VT alumni would turn up about awareness and opinion on the Hokie Club would be.

should I make sure I've got a pocket full of singles before I go to the hokie club?

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Every VT alum that has a current address on file was sent a letter about the drive for 25 if they haven't or are not currently a Hokie Club member. Per Whit. So yes there could be people that haven't gotten letter yet, don't have updated address or threw it away as junk don't know about it, the majority donand make the choice to not donate.

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Like I'm saying, if that's the first you've ever heard about anything, and you're expected to immediately give money, I think a lot of people are in that same boat. They don't know all of what's going on. You're looking at this from the perspective of someone who has actively chosen to be a VT fan, and who actively consumes information related to VT. Alumni who also love VT but who have never heard of this stuff before (and I suspect there are many) are going to have a wildly different perspective on things.

If Whit's as good as we think he is, this will get sorted out sooner rather than later. But "sooner" is still a matter of years and a matter of convincing people why it's important.

And those things all suck but what stops someone from saying "I want to help fix those issues" here is 100 dollars I'll join and be part of the solution?

Because many people have zero faith that money they give will actually be used well to solve the problems?

HC uses the money it has now and is fairly ineffectual. Therefore, there are already thousands of people who have given money and it has not solved the problem. Why would throwing more money at the HC solve the problem when they have not used current resources to become the booster club we want them to be or at least move in that direction as much as they can with current resources.

Not saying this is my point of view, but it is a potential answer to your question.

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Somewhat related, I just joined Hokie Club early last month. I've yet to receive any correspondence from the organization acknowledging it. I did get a receipt for my donation, but in my mind there should be an email or something at least letting you know that they're glad to have you onboard. It's a little nitpicky but shoot even my credit cards thank me for paying them off each time.

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It took me a few weeks to receive a phone call from a Hokie Club rep after I first joined in 2014 for what it's worth.

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You will get a letter and something either magnates or stickers inside. They got behind since the deadline date getting everything out and helping people with the new deadline and giving amounts.

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It's a little nitpicky

The thing is, it's not. It's a basic expectation and the HC struggles still with that. Like you said just after that, even your credit card company does it. For too long the HC was just expecting people to give instead of earning people's gifts. Until they can overcome that stigma it will be tough sledding. Fortunately Whit gets it and is working on it. Obviously though there are still some kinks in the system.

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A few things stop people:
1) The organization itself. As Guitar, myself and others noted there was and is a severe lack of knowledge that donating is even something to do. I am not as bothered as others on here with you overstating it but you are likely preaching to the choir here at TKP.
2) Frustration with organization from before. Changing hearts and minds after years and years of neglect, disorganization and frustration has to happen before people will even consider looking at their wallet, let alone opening it to freely give money. history is a bitch and VT made it's bed with too many alumni that have the same level of frustration as I do.
3) Not wanting money to be wasted. Now I do give money, but only enough for friends to get season tickets. I have never given more than that ever. Simply because giving money to an organization that cannot do Points 1 and 2 well would have less positive results than me just burning it. People just couldn't, and likely, still cannot see how the money is effectively spent. Again gotta change the hearts and minds first, get people warmed up to it, and then explain what you are actually going to do with that money and what we get out of it.

I REALLY appreciate you as a non-alumni being as great a Hokie as you are and frankly the Alumni office and HC should spend some time to honor people like you, because you're picking up the slack for a lot of Hokies that are.

Anyway, my point of view

I REALLY appreciate you as a non-alumni being as great a Hokie as you are and frankly the Alumni office and HC should spend some time to honor people like you, because you're picking up the slack for a lot of Hokies that are.

Don't forget that one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, donors is a non-alumni.

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knowledge

If you're referring to Bill Goodwin, he received his bachelor's from VT and grad degree from Darden at UVa. So he is a VT alumnus.

Nope probably the guy who wears Hokie Bird pants.

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Oh Wes Worsham. He's only a Silver Benefactor, and we named the field after him! Shows how bad fundraising has been historically. But seriously, he's been an important donor to the program.

Most of his donations aren't for Hokie Club but for specific capital projects which don't count towards Hokie Club level.

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You don't get to stand on the sideline for every game by being a small amount donor.

I know, should've put a /s there. Should we see if we can get this sub-thread to rows of single letters? Getting close.

It all depends on the size of your window. Until I enlarged mine, all of the last 5 posts were like that for me.

One of few cases where enlargement actually works.

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I took a look at Clemson's IPTAY system (which we are very closely emulating with our new Hokie Club look, and honestly they are the best example to follow since our schools are very similar) and compared it with what we have. There are a few differences, for example you can make a cash contribution to IPTAY and the entry donation level is only $60 compared to $100. Our donors increased to over 13,000 this year, theirs last year were 16,320. They had a significant increase of over 1,000 donors after that national championship appearance, and I'm sure will have another bump this year after a national title.

Pretty impressive that we jumped around 3,000 members in one year though, when you look at how long it took Clemson to get to their current levels. Clemson didn't build their program overnight, so we can't expect to do the same. However, it would appear that IPTAY members on average give more than Hokie Club members. The exact figures are hard to find, but if we had another 3,000 Hokie Club members join next year (which would put us around IPTAY) there would have to be a significant uptick in contribution amounts in order to match the revenue Clemson is getting. Their total revenue from IPTAY was $29 mil last year. Can't find a total for ours, but I'm sure 3,000 new members would have to pony up some serious cash on average to come close to that.

Also, not to get too meta, but FFS people stop downvoting Fireman. This is a relevant discussion. If you're tired of it, collapse the thread. Don't penalize him for having a different opinion. I disagree with him, but there's merit to the argument.

do you actually get to see WHO downvotes people? Not that I really care, I was just always curious if you could easily find out who the serial downvoters are

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I don't. Joe can. People who abuse the system will get banned.

Thanks it's all good my dream of reaching you has been dead a long time.

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hope springs eternal.

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Maybe if it's me and one other diehard on the site in 50 years I'll reach those stratospheric heights of turkey legs.

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Wow, I might have to throw a couple legs his way. We might disagree but that is almost never a cause for a downvote.

I completely agree. You can say there's 150,000 living alumni and getting to 25,000 should be easy, but if their perception is negative, it'll take some time to change it. They have to see a positive trend before they decide to commit and that will take some time. I believe the current administration has done a superb job at getting us back on track. It starts with the revenue sports (Fuente and Williams hire) and that bleeds into investing in the other sports (baseball, wrestling, WBB, etc). As an alumn who just got done paying my college loans, the timing of the Drivefor25 campaign was great for me, so I joined the Hokie Club the moment the campaign was announced.

Now, the other part of the equation that I think we wont see until 3-4 years from now is the number of new alumni that will donate right after they graduate. It is apparent that the administration is making a much better effort of informing students of ways to give back to the university and where that money goes. I think the percentage of students that will join the hokie club soon after graduation will be significantly greater than older alumni as a result of the current success and different campaigns.

It's a good time to be a Hokie. Exciting times ahead, for sure.

I think Joe said at one point the site got 20,000 unique visitors a month. If even half those people joined the Hokie Club it would be almost at its 25,000 memeber goal.

Your assertion assumes that TKP visitors and Hokie Club members are mutually exclusive. We both know that isn't true. That being said this is an excellent topic for an anonymous TKP poll.

As for the assertion that it's tiresome and overplayed I suggest looking at the finances and statements from Whit.

The claim that failing to get to 25,000 Hokie Club members by any given year will mean that we never ever win a national championship is alarmism. The suggestion to take a matter of fact look at the financial picture is much more reasonable.

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

If even half of those people are VT fans I'd be disappointed. Considering how many times I end up on another team's site for one reason or another, I'd hope that TKP routinely pulls in readers from other fanbases, even if only on a very occasional basis, or we are definitely way behind the curve.

During the football season it is over 60,000 unique people (not unique pageviews, which is much, much greater) per month. Offseason is around 25,000.

I understand you want to see both TKPC and the Hokie Club grow. And I agree with you, Virginia Tech's success on the national stage in the future hinges on the latter reaching its goal. However, I do agree with other TKPers, we don't need to be beat over the head with either. (And I know you're coming from a good place.)

And to get really meta, the discussion of the Hokie Club numbers deserved its own thread as it is tangentially related to Fuente's extension.

I have to believe at some point, the college football bubble is going to burst. People aren't going to continue increasing donations to absurd amounts and schools building indoor golf courses and lazy rivers for football players. The sport's growth is going to level out at some point, and I think the ludicrous TV contracts are going to be the first domino to fall. The ACC has already put us behind with not having a TV network in place seven years ago.

Are you really disappointed to see an increase of over 1,700 members in just "a few days"?

And that's after it had gained almost 800 since the start of the campaign in November December.

If we can keep up this momentum (which, considering the upward trajectory of both the football and basketball programs, should be fairly straightforward) we will reach the goal of 25,000 within 5 years.

Personally, I'm just thrilled that the Hokie Club has grown by over 24% in the last 4 months. That is a huge rate of growth.

one could even characterize it as a "yuge rate of growth"

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whoa whoa whoa, getting a little political there! \s /s (i forget which it is)

That's a 15% increase in a matter of months. That is objectively fantastic.

Solid bitter article with some extra tidbits. Apparently we had some other schools come knocking for coaches, and the assistant salary pool got bumped as well though it hasn't been officially announced.

http://www.roanoke.com/sports/virginia_tech/practice-report-a-receiver-r...

Many, if not all, had multiple opportunities to go somewhere else and it speaks to Virginia Tech and the continuity. I think those are all good things.

A general Hokie Club question for those that know the answer - approx. how much do you need to donate annually to have the opportunity to buy season tickets in the alumni section for football games? I'm not at a point in life where I can afford to make a contribution beyond a few hundred dollars a year, but I'm curious none the less.

I give less than 500 per year and am priority 7,042 this year.

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so... does that put you in a position to buy season tickets in the west side stands if you wanted to?

thanks for taking a sec. to answer

Last year yes, this year we won't know because of the seat license system and reseating of tickets. So it will depend on how many seats you want for one thing.

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A minimum donation of $100 gets you in line to buy in the corners and back of the east stands and SEZ upper deck. Since season tickets haven't sold out for some time that should be all you'd need to give.

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got it. what about if you wanted to land seats in the west side stands?

you're the man (or woman).

http://www.roanoke.com/sports/virginia_tech/fuente-contract-extension-al...

Fuente got bonuses for his staff if the Hokies make the ACC championship game, more money to spend on his pool of assistants and support staff and an additional recruiting position for the program, according to a copy of the contract the Roanoke Times received Friday through an open records request.
New contract language stipulates that if Virginia Tech makes it to the ACC championship game, each of the nine full-time assistant coaches and the strength and conditioning coach will receive $5,000 bonuses, provided a bonus is not already written into the coach's letter of appointment. That figures jump to $10,000 if the Hokies win the ACC title game.

Virginia Tech also added $167,500 to the pool of money at Fuente's discretion to spend on assistant coaches and support staff.

The salary pool in his original contract was $3.4 million for assistant coaches and $420,000 for support staff.

The contract also states that Fuente can add an additional full-time recruiting position with a starting salary of $32,500.

Love that Whit is giving Fuente the tools to succeed and Fuente is looking out for his coaches.

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