Official: Head Coach Brent Pry

"Even after I departed Blacksburg, I always continued to appreciate Virginia Tech, its great players, its championship teams, and its wonderful traditions from afar. The resources, facilities, university backing of Athletics, and phenomenal fan support that Virginia Tech enjoys made this a very desirable situation. But just as importantly, the opportunity to raise our children in a community like Blacksburg also has great appeal. We can't wait to meet the team, the support staff, and Hokie Nation. We will be prepared to hit the ground running in order to attract the type of student-athletes to Virginia Tech who can help us achieve sustained success. Go Hokies!"

What else we know:
Pry is retaining JC Price as associate head coach/defensive line coach.
Introductory presser is Thursday at 9 am, streamed live

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Excited to see what the man can do!

Let's Go!

BRENT PRY FAM THREAD! EVERYONE GET IN HERE. LET'S GOOOOOO

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Hokies!

Is it normal for the announcement and the presser to be so far apart?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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assume they wanted to put fans and croots at ease as quickly as possible with the announcement and then the formal dog and pony show can come later

Danny is always open

i am not worried about it. the way things are going this coaching cycle, sign the guy asap and introduce him later before there's a seismic shift in the available jobs lol

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Is he in BBurg now? if not could just be a timing thing with other responsibilities

Might be trying to finalize some assistant hires. Whit knows everyone is waiting for the OC to be named to give more cred to this hire.

I think the hire is fine but that my hope we get more staff and assistant updates on Thursday.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Welcome home coach!

This is my school
This is home

I appreciate that JC gets to stay.

Go Hokies!

It's official! And bleep you Penn State! We the monster now!

Recovering scientist working in business consulting

Welcome back Home coach!!

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I've been watching Coach Pry's mic'd up videos all morning, and I'm so over the moon with this hire. I honestly think this guy might be a slam dunk. Excited to see who the coordinators will be.

Welcome home, Coach.

a SLAM DUNK it is!!!!

Go Hokies!

Go Coach Pry!

I seldom speak to loluva grads, but when I do, I tell them I want large fries.

user name checks out.... We have an expert opinion!

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

To be the man you gotta beat the man!

Alright! Alright! Alright!

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Rick Monday... You Made a Great Play...

CAZZATA, MENDENHALL!

That scene slowed down like this is...disturbing

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Here's a good follow up article about Pry taking the VT job:

Link

Pry is 51 years old, and just now becoming a head coach for the first time. Why is that?

Well, he's had opportunities. His name has come up for a number of head coaching jobs at smaller programs such as Buffalo and Louisaiana Lafayette and Georgia Southern over the years, but he has always remained loyal to his good friend Franklin and stayed at Penn State.

Sounds like another former DC we're familiar with

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Coaching the bowl game I presume?

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Idk, may be better spent watching from afar and focusing on crooting and staff. Let the existing guys close it out is my bet

Danny is always open

The press release says JC will coach the bowl

Our bowl game? I'd be shocked. You 100% use this as an evaluation period with very limited coaching influence.

Ring Design Chair

Price is

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

JC Price could be undefeated against UVa and in bowl games...a true VT coaching legend

Right

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

HOKIE HOKIE HOKIE PRY

"GO BACK TO YOUR ROOM LITTLE BROTHER, THE CUP IS COMINโ€™ ON HOME!โ€

TECH TECH P-R-Y

SOLAREX SOLARAH PRYLYTECH VIRGINIA!

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

RAY GUY P-R-Y

Nice.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

PRY PRY PRY

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Great pick up! We got better today! Reroute all those PSU commits down to SWVA!

Since he was a DC I don't have a good sense regarding how much he values Time of Possession, so I'm cautiously optimistic that he knows how big it is.

if you hurry, you can tell him before he leaves town

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Braxton Burmeister, Ryan Willis, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Tragically I do not possess the time to do this

tweet him!!

don't be silly, he's not a 'croot

Does he go by Buzz?

I'm pretty sure he surpasses the other Brent.

Welcome to the family CBP

"Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe.โ€ -Einstein

saweetness

Excited to see how things unfold from here.

What a savings

He's not Bill O'Brien. I'll take it.

I picked a heck of a time to drive from Abingdon to Richmond.

Quick reactions without having all the information.

Pros:
There are scheme similarities to Bud Foster and he understands the culture that made Virginia Tech special from 1995-2010. There are also more variable things to account for the space (and QB run threat in todays game. He has started out rebuilding the connection to the alumni. I have heard good things about his recruiting and work in that space, but I need to do more research.

Cons: The cons really are about the unknowns. Who is going to be on staff? Can he get the much larger (and better paid) recruiting and coaching infrastructure VT needs (if he wasn't the first choice, that is a worry for me.) And most importantly, can he be the CEO behind the scenes and evangelize Virginia Tech and the football program to an apathetic fan base? Whit said he wanted a proven CEO who could thrive in today's environment. Well, he hasn't been the CEO, Franklin has (or at least that is the way it appears.) So, it is time to do research beyond just the tape and see what I can learn.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

To address one of your cons re: was he the first choice? Don't know if we will find out. If Whit was realistic, and maybe Napier was #1 but he held out for Florida, I can't blame him. That said, it sounds like Pry was high on the list if he's been working on his staff for days. I am guessing, at worst, Pry was the 3rd call Whit made. If that.

As long as he worked for Franklin, he was exposed to everything you mentioned. We can just hope he learned some things. Presumably, Whit was satisfied that he can make the jump.

It's go time.

Listening about this on radio here in Richmond.. sounding really good! I'm stoked! I guess he can croot. They are saying if you can beat him hire him!

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. ๐ŸŽฃ

How many places can say they've had two different guys named Brent as head coaches within a ten year period?

Outside it's night time, but inside it's LeDay

I'm really excited about this and I think he's a perfect fit.

My diehard Penn State relatives are sad to see him go but all agree we're getting a good one that could build this program back up. Said the players will run through a wall for him, he's relentless on the recruiting trail, relatable, hard-working, etc. Works for me. Anyway, he's got me excited for the next chapter of Tech football.

Welcome Home, Coach Pry!

via GIPHY

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Honestly, we got soft. Going with a tough minded defensive leaning guy might be the solution. it's time for new beginnings.

New TKP profile picture? Yes
Finally bought a house? Yes
Got a dog? The Goodest Yes
Is it time to join the Hokie Club? Can I get a HEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLL YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH

To new Hope!!!

They'll really get after ya

I'm back (in TKPC) bitches!!

Lol, jokes aside, in a fit of frustration and a temporary financial crunch right before my membership was to renew, I canceled. I told Joe I'd be back when I could and when I had a reason to. Well, the surgery bill is paid off and here I am.

Also donated $25 to the scholarship fund just now as well.

LET'S GO!!!

Out of curiosity, went to see The Sabre to see their reaction on the hire.

two pretty lengthy threads that stretch most of the first page is purely about it. And of course most of it is nonsensical garbage that shows they still think its the 1980s where UVa has a higher profile than they do.

Its sad, really.

This is my school
This is home

Who are they to judge our coaching moves? Theirs let's the offense run a stupid backwards lateral pass to an offensive lineman with a chance to win a game.

They've run out of ammunition - it's both pathetic and hilarious.

If you filter through the typical "he's 51 with no HC experience" jargon, they're scared shitless IMO - especially in regards to recruiting.

This cracked me up:

Honestly, it might not be bad if the VT guy can recruit better in VA to dispel the myth that no VA school can recruit in VA.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Yeah. Its sad, usually that site is a good read, but the things they say nowadays just aren't even anchored in reality. On one hand they are blasting us for not hiring a top guy like Napier (which I guess means they think we're on the same level as the top dogs) and on the other hand ripping us for getting a "no name".

When there is that much ignorance on each side of the equation all you can do is just shake your head and close the tab. They're just not functioning in reality anymore.

This is my school
This is home

That's what happens when you start becoming the Oklahoma State of an in state rivalry. 19 wins in like 116 years. The way we've dunked on them in the past 20+ years they're probably grasping for any straw they can get at this point.

"Wow, even Google has Scott Stadium listed as Land Stadium North"
โฌ‡๏ธ
"the level of disrespect that we've gone through this week is unacceptable, but until we get mad enough about to do something about it, I guess we have to deal with it"
โฌ‡๏ธ
"We deserve it"

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I really like their repeated comments about how handicapped they are in recruiting due to their academic standards. If they're so fucking smart maybe they should have thought twice about throwing a lateral to an offensive lineman with the game on the line versus throwing it to nearly a half dozen receivers with over 500 yds or an all conference tight end that destroyed us all night. But I'm just a drunk redneck.

Sorry for the rant.

Funny that ND, Stanford, Michigan etc. have had plenty of success over the years despite their academic standards.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

If only they could play ND on the field where academic standards are equal and they could focus only on the quality of their team. Oh yeah. 25 point loss where they failed to score a touchdown.

I see your ND and raise you one Navy!

"Those who jump into the void owe no explanation to those who stand and watch."
--unknown

I rarely venture over there, but happened to catch this nugget today. In a response to a poster wondering how much Pry would talk about the hoos in his presser:

walkthecorner: Good lord. Who cares? He will beat our ass up and the down field for as long as he coaches there.

"Those who jump into the void owe no explanation to those who stand and watch."
--unknown

I saw one post about this topic that read:

"I bet he didn't mention learning how to take a crap either. It's not a question for them. It's an assumption. That's why we need to talk about it, and they don't."

Amazing.

They've become self-trolling, it's actually incredibly efficient.

Glad we could pry him out of State College.

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

Wait will this be year one or negative five! ๐Ÿคฃ

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Who we think will be OC?

I just hope he's not relentless in going for unnecessary 2-point conversions or mismanaging the clock/timeouts.

VT '10--US Citizen; (804) Virginian By Birth; (210) Texan By the Grace of God.

Rick Monday... You Made a Great Play...

CAZZATA, MENDENHALL!

Pry should bring billy hite back, dude could pick a running back

The real question is does he prefer cake or pie. Pry sounds like pie so he's a winner in my book.

Friends don't let friends go to LOLUVA

He prefers winning

He's a defense guy so... donuts.

It's already been confirmed by a credible source that he prefers cake.

Team Cake

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

According to that unreliable (and self-referential) source it's TKP, not Pry, that prefers cake.

And even that's wrong.

Ice cream is good: Check
Berkey Creamery is good: Check
Berkey Creamery isn't even the best ice cream in State College: Triple check

Meyer Dairy FTW

Welcome home sir. Bring that passion back to Blacksburg.

SCHokie

Got a new head coach that sounds like a catch.

Got to bottle feed my child for the first time in 3 months.

Today's a good day.

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Go Hokies!

Yay for you!!! That is super exciting.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

That's excellent news!

I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

So when can we get him for an AMA?

Excited to see what the future brings! The more I read up on him the better I feel about the hire.

Go Hokies!

Yes,that's the Hokie Bird riding a camel. Why'd you ask?

Very pleased with this hire. I was concerned we'd hire someone who'd coach here a few years, have some success, then bolt for the SEC. I also hoped we could hire someone with some Hokie heritage. Looking forward to next season. Go Tech!

Just watched a press conference with Pry from fall camp media day. Important notes:

He is an Aquafina guy.

The bottle just sits there untouched, except for when he takes a sip. No bottle strangling or anything.

Aquafina is R.O. water, so he's a smart guy!

Is coronavirus over yet?

Hopefully this is the start of a very exciting period of Hokie football. After reading all I can about Pry, and watching his mic'd up videos, I'm pretty pumped. It is very obvious to me from just watching a few clips of him, the fire and passion are very much on a different level than what we seen with Fu. Sounds like he's already making the " right" moves with alumni and fans. I just hope he is as good of a recruiter as I'm reading, and like many have already said, if he nails the OC hire I think we are in business Fam! Wonder if he's a cake guy, or a pie guy???

good read. Thanks for the link.

Totally agree. One of the better articles I've read in a while. Definitely will get you hyped up for Pry.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

It's sad that the RT has become a total rag with a bunch of bush league reporters, columnists and editors.

You mean as opposed to what it used to be?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I'm going back to the 80's and 90's, but I think it was more respectable then.

RT is terrible, but it's great fun trolling the comments section from time to time.

Word of advice: Don't critique how many Mexican restaurants Roanoke has on an article about the 11th El Rodeo opening soon.

I have found Roanokers are passionate about their free chips and salsa.

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If it's the same El Rods that's in Blacksburg, you aren't going for the chips.

Jumbo Texas Marg is the best/worst way to start long night of drinking.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

My cousin works there. Can confirm.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Damn... bet Nizoliek's pissed. Didn't they fire him only to have to bring him back two weeks later?

His response to OX pointing it out on Twitter from this morning:

"Mortifying, I've asked my editor to look into where the error happened, I don't write/see the headers and the proofing happens at national design desk, still very upsetting to see"

https://twitter.com/michaelniziolek/status/1466053631321513986

Should bring the layout guy responsible to the first presser tomorrow morning for a mea culpa.

This is what happens when local papers are taken over, layout, design and printing are taken away from in house. It means earlier deadlines, mistakes like this. These mistakes then cost them more subscribers which just hurts local journalism even more.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Now that's a man with a proper face of hair

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

The beard game is indeed strong with this one....

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Great beard... check

Jeans not kakis... check

Stylish sport coat... check

Dude just looks like a Certified Football Guy.

thas what I'm talkin' about

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Braxton Burmeister, Ryan Willis, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I've been waiting 2 days for this endorsement. Thanks for satisfying that need.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

So does he coach the bowl game? I tried to answer it but honestly I don't know

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I believe Price will coach the bowl game. Pry needs to focus on building out his coaching staff, establishing recruiting relationships, and getting acclimated to the VT football facilities

Onward and upward

If I am Pry, I watch the other coaches and feel out if any get to keep their jobs by there performance in the bowl and the practices leading up to it.

and maybe just fire Corn before the game

(add if applicable) /s

Pry moments after the 4th jet sweep of practice

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I believe its been reported that Pry + new staff are setting up (temporarily) offices in Lane stadium, and working pseudo separately from Price + staff.

Pry will be focused on building his staff + recruiting while Price etc. will be focusing on the bowl game.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

Same deal as the Beamer to Fuente transition.

Whit announced this in the Pry introduction press conference.

I read the bowl game is still JC Price, and that makes the most sense.

Update: Whit confirmed this in the press conference yesterday.

Sets up an interesting opening game next year against ODU. Former DC against former OC.

#Let's Go - Hokies

I hope the Cassell Guard already has a fathead of him for the students at the Wake game.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Can someone, for the love of God, Photoshop wolverines claws on his hand?

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I'm new here, and just trying to earn my keep...

I'm here for all of the NickT Photoshops. 2/2 on comments so far

(add if applicable) /s

Next VT gameday material here

You're doing a fantastic job so far

Nice work! Stuff like this is what makes TKP awesome ๐Ÿ‘

VB born, class of '14

With permission, I may use this as an avatar.

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Of course!

I don't know why but I think it could be pretty funny if those claws were turkey legs.

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as a fellow maker and connoisseur of outstanding, hastily-made photoshops, I approve +1

And I think Frank's old house is still for sale down in Ellett. Just the place for those kids.

I want the room with the Trackman gold simulator in it......
(its implied, the Trackman setup comes with it)

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Reads "Virginia Tech Head Coaches," immediately thinks "it already mentioned Beamer." A second or two passes, then "oooohhhhhhh, right, we have other sports too."

I'm real glad we didn't hire Clawson

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CAZZATA, MENDENHALL!

nah, we got Claws, son

I wanna say someone might have, but did someone on here tweet this pic to coach Pry? I feel that would be gold!

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