I started the day by reading Brian's excellent post "Scared Money" this morning. He started that post by reminiscing on the change that Dabo made to Clemson and how it affected us as well. This one quote stood out to me.
Over the next 10 years Virginia Tech would never reach the highs that they did in 2011. It was the beginning of the end. An extinction-level event was coming, we just couldn't see it yet.
It got me thinking (full disclosure I have thought of this often over the years) of how different both programs would be today had Clemson chosen differently and hired Bud Foster. I am not saying that if Clemson had not chosen Dabo that they would have chosen Bud as I know there were other coaches involved in that search. But for the sake of this post I wonder what would have been the net result of choosing Foster to take over the reigns of the Tigers.
Would Bud have elevated their program as Dabo has?
Would the loss of Bud as DC resulted in a faster decline in our beloved Hokies?
Would we have lost less recruits (or lost more recruits due to Bud) to Clemson?
What other fallout would have occurred?
Where would both Virginia Tech and Clemson be today had a different choice been made?