Selhini put together a very solid argument for the case of Justin Hamilton replacing Fuente as head coach. I would like to proffer an alternative; the retention of Justin Fuente as head coach. I'm not saying one way or another if I want it to happen, but these are what I'm seeing as the bits of data that would support keeping him.
As of this posting, the contract buyout for Fuente would be $10,000,000. On December 16, that number drops to $7,500,000. That's a big drop, but as Selhini pointed out, our entire coaching staff budget is under $7,100,000. It would literally cost us more money to fire Fuente that it would to pay the entire staff. I'd feel more comfortable once I see that number reduce again.
Right now, I think most Hokies would agree our best rivals are UVA, UNC, and Miami. Against UVA, Fuente is 4-1. Against UNC, he's 5-1. Against Miami, he's 2-3. I may be crazy but 11-5 against our more hated rivals over 6 years ain't bad.
I believe the biggest hinderance to VT football success is not Justin Fuente. He does have a part in it, but he's not the Ted McGinley on every tv show. Why the Hokie football team seems to be running in neutral is (stop me if you've heard this before) Brad Cornelsen. The offensive philosophy is questionable and stagnant at best and his quarterback development leaves a lot to be desired.
Selhini posits a transition to Hamilton. The future might indicate that would have been a fantastic option, but what other options are there, especially at this point? The list of currently available active head coaches looking for a job are Randy Edsall, Les Miles, and Clay Helton. Two of these three are quality with P5 championships and a national title. But I would prefer to have a coach with less than 25 years' experience and with the price tag those types of coaches will come with. Experience is good, but I would want somebody who is younger, with some experience, and cheaper.