Brent Pry Presser 1/13

https://hokiesports.com/watch/?Archive=19130&type=Archive

Pry's comments on:
- bringing together his new staff
- recruiting philosphies
- not throwing darts across the Mississippi
- breaking down Virginia into recruiting regions to fit staff relationships
- lots more

Discuss

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Seems he understand how programs are built from an actual foundation instead of whatever Fuente thought.

Yeah building lasting personal relationships with all of the highschool coaches in VA and knowing those coaches background stood out to me. Those things don't just help Pry they help VT down the road as it should be easier to bridge those relationships with any staff turnover.

I'm not going to say I know how Fu built VA relationships but from a lot of the HS reactions it sounds like we were doing a lot of reactive recruiting, not coming around unless there was a guy on a team instead of establishing that pipeline/relationship/line of communication and being proactive.

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Yeah, this is standing out to me. Foundations remain solid during down times. Fuente just nuked so many relationships they started throwing darts at other places outside of Tech's bread and butter domain. This is impossible to maintain and it fell apart. This is an OK way to build a G5 program because you can get lucky and score a good class and dominate the G5. This is a horrible way to build a P5 program and it is clear that Pry actually gets it.

I don't think we're going to bail on recruiting MD/NC/DC or anything, but Pry definitely understands you can't conquer elsewhere if you can't even conquer your state. It is such a nice breath of fresh air.

Grit?

I'll show myself out

Does the "not throwing darts across the Mississippi" mean TX2VT is dead or was it more about truly moving on from Fu (and deliberately not casting aspersions), or was it maybe both?

Probably just saying we aren't wasting time and money chasing guys who are going to be far from home in a place they aren't familiar unless there is a reason they want to be here.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

I was curious about this as well. I got that maybe unless a kid is dying to be here and matches the criteria they want in a player that tech wasn't really going to even sniff at anybody outside of said radius or matched his exceptions to them having ties. If anyone can help my ignorance please help. The Georgia and Florida "pipeline" that we had/have will that just be dried up orr

Edit: I think Heuplek kind of explained already. My apologies

I think the whole thing just fits the message. The core recruiting area will be "within 6 hours of Blacksburg" he made it very clear that would be the focus unless there were kids that really fit VTs culture and had ties to the staff/area. I would guess that we're not spending time in TX driving around recruiting and will only have targeted visits out there while having developed relationships with most high school coaches within DMV, VA, NC, SC.

He mentions the entire first week of the open recruiting period none of the coaches are leaving VA with the exception of a short existing scheduled trip.

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good summary. I hope they still keep a sharp eye on Florida.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

I hope so too Duval has been good to us over the years, I doubt he breaks existing pipelines. Someone made a graphic of what 6 hours from blacksburg looks like and I think that's a good fundamental base.

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I like how 6 hours just barely gets to Virginia Beach but gets most of Ohio and Tennessee. Good lord there is really no good way back and forth is there.

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I think it's just truncated because of the ocean. The drive for me from VT to VB was always about 4.5 hours when traffic was favorable. Sometimes it was a little quicker and sometimes it was a little slower but very rarely longer than 5 hours. Heck, I could take 460 through the middle of the state and make the trip in around 5 hours as well.

yeah, not a ton of recruits 40 miles off shore

#atlantis2vt

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This deserves plaid, imo.

yup, look how far across the bay bridge and up the eastern shore this 6hour radius goes

Good lord there is really no good way back and forth is there.

And that's part of the reason why VT is so special. I love that you have to make a commitment to get there.

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His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Virginia is a very large state to drive either up or down or sideways!

There are wolves and there are sheep, I am the sheep dog

drove the length of TN once, from Bristol to Memphis, and good lord that is one long drive.

I drove from Miami to Blacksburg once, and half that trip is in Florida.

Married in Blacksburg and we decided to honeymoon in Key Largo. That was a long drive.

Tucson to DC is about 2300 miles and around 1800 are in 3 states. I'm flying next time!

I've driven from Virginia to Vegas twice. And Florida to Vegas. Don't recommend it. Texas is a very long state to drive across. New Mexico as well.

There are wolves and there are sheep, I am the sheep dog

Texas is a very long state to drive across.

Yeah, I did that on a bus trip in the 70's that had one assigned driver so we were limited to 500 miles a day.

New Mexico isn't so bad, there's just not much to look at for most of it. Crossing on I-40 only takes about 5 or 6 hours.

El Paso is closer to California than Dallas πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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Thanks Frank!

Bristol is closer to Canada than the west boarder of Tennessee

This summer I'm driving from Richmond to north of Anchorage, AK. I can't wait!

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

have you calculated how many farts your car seat will absorb?

No, but my truck does have seat covers. I'm very adept at peeing into a gatorade bottle while driving.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Why does this bottle say orange when its clearly lemon-lime?

"Why does this bottle say orange when it's clearly fruit punch?"

"I, uh, should probably see a doctor."

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doesn't compute...thought you were flyguy?

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My grandparents drove to Alaska from Springfield, VA in 1971 with my mom (14 at the time) and her three younger sisters.

I can't imagine doing that with my kids and staying sane.

.... this is the most perfectly written thing I've ever seen on this site
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On purpose??????????????

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

And WHY????!!!

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

I love road trips. LOVE THEM. Just me, the road and the radio. I've driven all over the country, 32 states so far. Often I'll drive a considerable distance to a wedding or bachelor party and then I turn it into a week or two long work (that's fishing for me) trip and write the whole thing off against my fishing guiding business. I drive to Florida and Louisiana each at least once a year and don't think twice about it. Three hours is an easy drive for me. Two hours is nothing. I'd rather drive than fly and most of the time, I'm bringing toys (my boat, kayaks, dirtbikes, etc.) with me. My grandparents always spoke fondly of their big summer road trips from VA to Alaska. They told me I should make that drive at some point in my life, so before they passed, I said I would. I've got a few friends going to Alaska this summer and there's a very qualified blonde haired lady fly fishing guide up on the Kenai who told me to come visit her, so why not? I'm hoping to make it a 6-7 week trip and combined with my feather earring business, I'll write the whole thing off against taxes, twice. Anybody want me to send them a postcard?

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

and there's a very qualified blonde haired lady fly fishing guide up on the Kenai who told me to come visit her

To be the man you gotta beat the man!

Between the end of my brief postdoc and the start of work, I took a month off. Drove from New Haven, CT out to Seattle area where most of my family lived at the time and then back. Stopped off and visited friends along the way. My ex-fiancΓ© (before she fully transformed from the wonderful, sweet, intelligent, attractive woman I fell in love with and turned into ... what she turned into) flew out and we drove back together. Just seeing sites and National Parks and a friend along the way. Trip back was the best 2 weeks of my life. Have a great time. Really hoping my wife and I can do this once our daughter graduates high school.

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before she fully transformed from the wonderful, sweet, intelligent, attractive woman I fell in love with and turned into ... what she turned into

Back in '87, my buddy's future wife flew out from Japan to stay with us a while.
We drove from San Diego to LA, to pick up his cousin, then to Minneapolis for Christmas- East on 40.

We swapped drivers everytime we stopped for gas.

After about a day, she started asking us if we were performing an elaborate practical joke and driving around in a huge circle to convince her how big the U.S. is....
Then we started driving north on 35 from Dallas/FW.
Left San Diego at about 65F.
Got to Minneapolis at about -11F.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Totally agree. Have been on loads of road trips. Drove to every State except Alaska and Hawaii. Love driving and seeing the countryside. I've also driven cannonball style back and forth from my hometown in Nevada to Blacksburg, 36 hours straight. Several times. I did 29 hours straight in Australia from Sydney to Cairns as well. Now starting to do some long hauls here in China but no longer cannonball style.

Very jealous of your Alaska trip!

The drive to Hawaii could be challenging.

and wet

If anyone can do it, it's you, fernley. Can't wait to hear the story.

well, shit. now I feel obligated to make it happen πŸ˜…

Don't tempt me with a good time

It's possible! My two Hokie friends are sailing around the world right now. I couldn't be more jealous. I don't think Hawaii is on the list though. I joined them in Key West, hoping to again in the South Pacific.

Their IG is @sailingsoutherncross.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Meanwhile I'm in my 9-5 same building every day job

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

My 8 year old is RV crazy, she will walk around RV lots for fun she wanted a birthday at Camping World. So when she graduates high school her and I are going to drive from Jacksonville to San Diego in a rented RV.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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That sounds like an absolute blast. Have you ever driven those? One of my concerns is that I can't imagine being comfortable driving one of those big boats, but I don't know how difficult it really is. Heck it took me a long time to get used to my wife's Subaru Forrester as I'm used to always having a compact car.

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Ive driven vehicles that were longer and weighed more on city streets but have never driven a full sized bus length RV.

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Take it from one that has two girls that are 31 and 26 years old now, take her on that trip now. Kids (girls especially) change so much from 8-18. Don't miss out on an opportunity to bond and make memories now. Start now and maybe it's still a tradition at 18. Wait until 18, and she might be not be as interested. I worked shift work and a ton of overtime while mine were growing up. You never get second chances to make memories.

So true.

Go Hokies!!

Yes.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Here is the app if anyone wants to play around with the drive time.
https://www.oalley.net/

Updog for life!

Having driven from ATL to VT a million times.... it can be done in 5 1/2

You're hauling serious ass to make that happen

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Just not in certain counties on 81!

.... this is the most perfectly written thing I've ever seen on this site
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And small cities like Slownoke

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Coming from NC, I think I went through Roanoke on 81 once. That was enough lol

.... this is the most perfectly written thing I've ever seen on this site
-8300A_Hokie'12

we could rename the whole region Southslow Virginia tbh, infested with Sunday drivers all week long

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.

All of 81 is bad these days, but the Roanoke area and around the Staunton/250 interchange are especially bad. I try to avoid 81 all together if I can help it.

uva - the taint of the ACC

I've made the drive from Blacksburg to Atlanta's northern suburbs in about 5:30 before. Helps that it's not uncommon to find yourself in a large pack doing 90 through northern Georgia and parts of SC. One of those trips was the day I found out that my Corolla could hit 100 without complaint (and then promptly moved to the right lane and dropped out of line because holy shit did I pucker up when I noticed that).

Where in Atlanta? Takes me 6-7 hours from kirkwood

Twitter me

Buckhead. Pretty much always a 6 hour drive. 1 stop included. Was driving a '91 Explorer, so def was not a speeder!

Was driving a '91 Explorer

it's a miracle you made the trip at all :p

Onward and upward

So, you're saying if CBP and his staff learn to get up on the wheel a little bit more, we can extend our recruiting footprint.....

It's bullshit we're not recruiting Dare County, NC. OBX2VT could've been something.

Make up the car sticker, I'll buy one!

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Them outer banks boys, they'll git after ya.

"Don't go to, go through"

Conveniently extends to Pittsburg and Happy Valley.

Could they not cover a wider area in six hours if they drove faster?

/s (kinda)

"Move to Manssas? Manassas moved to me!"

and on Sands plane, he could go almost anywhere in the continental U.S. within 6-hrs.

The staff should definitely keep an eye on Florida.

That being said, the recruiting landscape in FL is going to be even tougher as Billy Napier and Mario Cristobal are upgrades over their predecessors when it comes to recruiting. If we go into Florida, it has to be strategic as that could pretty quickly be a waste of resources without the right connections.

within 6 hours of Blacksburg

Ah, the Beamer radius. Returning to our roots.

I love hearing that he's going to include Pittsburgh/PA as a heavily recruited region with VA/NC/Maryland. It's another large metropolitan area that's really just about as close to VT as the 757 and the DC area but is rarely thought of as being that close or recruited by us like that. It's obviously a big football town but there's no big/dominant college football culture (pretty split between Pitt, PSU, WVU, even OSU and ND) so VT could easily get their foot in that door too to become a bigger option for kids in the area.

I too think this is key. Chris Coleman talked a great deal about this on the latest TSL podcast. With Pry and Rudolph, I think PA and even OH should become more of an emphasis for us. A lot of talent in those regions within a short drive and similar regional feel to VT/SWVA.

Some great points as well on recruiting strategy. Only a handful of programs in the country can truly recruit nationally. You can go anywhere in the country and sell your program/brand. VT is not one of those. Honestly, PSU isn't either. Having the right people and focusing on building relationships in your footprint is key.

Was TX2VT ever really alive? Having a hashtag isn't enough.

There was, like, an 8 day stretch in there where we thought it had some legs. Then DDDecommitted.

Maybe I'm just a cynic when it comes to recruiting, but I always thought it was a matter of time before Davis decided to stop being Fuente's human shield from criticism and flipped his commit elsewhere.

Eh, I don't think it was that. It seemed like DD thought him going somewhere would cause a bunch of other highly rated recruits to go somewhere. And something like that MIGHT work, but not when it's another group of guys from TX at like 15 hours away. My recollection is he was on other guys trying to get them to commit, they didn't, so DD went and found somewhere else with high rated recruits to play with. Which is fine with me, but the bit about Auburn being a better academic school really rubbed me the wrong way.

TX2VT died when Beau Davidson left for Texas Tech. He was the one with connections. I think it was pretty clear that coaches made a trip there specifically to see DD and then scouted/recruited a bunch of other players while they were in Texas.

It's Time to go to Work

Head an hour south of the radius and make another run at DD.

This is how I interpreted that comment:

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

This screencap is going to get infinite mileage.

What was the original picture? Has to be photoshopped - the only thing not blurry in the picture is Pry's face which screams it got pasted over someone else.

Thanks for the context!

Not photoshopped. Microsoft Paint 3Ded!

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

If Coach says Mines was a homerun hire, then I am with it!!

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

Agreed! I'm all in!

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At the end when the reporter from Harrisburg asks him about conversations with James Franklin and he responded with something along the lines of, 'I've been alongside him for so long through tough situations, the hiring process, the firing process, etc.'

I heard him say firing process and chuckled a bit. Before I go any further, I feel better about this staff knowing the vetting process, knowing Bowen was involved, knowing James Franklin was even involved to some extent. But that said we just endured 6 years of a coach who refused to make changes to glaring areas of need and it's nice to see a coach take that one right up front. It seems clear to me he is here to reestablish VT and is more than willing to make the tough decisions required to get there.

And here I am just ecstatic that he has a firing process.

If there's one thing Beamer and Fuente lacked, it was this.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

It's one thing to say it. We'll see if he ever has to enact it. (Ideally, we're successful and no, but you know what I mean).

Until the man gives me a reason not to, In Pry I trust. He already seems infinitely more genuine than Fuente and seems like a man that says what he means and means what he says.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Does Galen Scott count since that was scandal related?

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He resigned, so doesn't count.

Were Brian Mitchell and Zohn Burden fired by Fuente or what?

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

Their contract was not renewed. And our systems don't have a glitch.

Yeah but kinda scapegoated. More importantly is he didn't fire who needed to be fired

This. You can look at who left and under what circumstances, but given the on-field performance, there was clearly one guy who needed to go (maybe more, especially on O). Them NOT being fired is the big point. Guys who didn't have their contract renewed, and seemed more "meh" than actively bad, is just arguing the point for the sake of arguing it rather than looking at, as you pointed out, who NEEDED to be fired and the fact that they weren't.

For Fu, well I'd say no seeing how some articles said it was a mutual agreement to step down. But either way it was a given that he would have to go so it wasn't really that hard a choice for him to make in my opinion

*Nevermind. For some reason I thought you were responding to me. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Cut Fuente some slack. He had a firing process... It was just for players instead of staff

"These people are losing their minds!"

Not sure if it's cause we are still in our honeymoon phase with CBP, but I could listen to him talk all day about his philosophy and his beliefs on his do's/don'ts.

Him saying "I had some friends that wanted to be here but they just aren't right for Virginia Tech" was a straight up song to hear. He is clearly setting up to be the complete opposite of the old guard.

Anyone else here as curious as I am about who those friends could be

Believe the quiet whisper of intuition. This fanbase is so hungry for something positive we are literally gushing over this guy. Zero data so far.

"I play real sports, not trying to be the best at exercising..." - KP

Zero data so far.

I think it's notable that he largely kept the prior staff's recruiting class mostly intact with less than half his staff completed. He didn't keep everyone in the fold, but he did win some battles for guys who had other options too.

It's not MUCH data, but I think that speaks well of his abilities to sell a vision of the program he wants to run.

Yeah I can agree on not having many data points and no games played yet but what we do have is comparable wins.

1) fan interaction from the head coach seems better and more informative. Most of the staff is fairly active on social media. Engagement as a whole is up.
2) held the recruiting class mostly together on a short schedule with no staff.
3) Overall we have far more years of D1 and P5 experience on the staff than the previous staff.

Those are all comparable data points. I don't think anyone is saying "we're winning a natty tomorrow with this staff" because of these data points but the trend so far is positive and we're hoping it eventually caries to the field.

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Well crap, just said a bunch of the things you did (below, but expanded more on it). It's early, so I might delay my drinking until later today...

Glad we managed to independently come to the same points

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4) For the most part, the recruiting experience and prowess is also noticeably better.

There's not zero data. There may not be any on-field data, but there's definitely data.

First is the current recruiting class. As zdtlang pointed out - Pry kept almost all of the recruiting class intact, picked up a couple others, and got a couple QBs and WRs from the portal - two of our biggest areas of need (ESPECIALLY the QBs). And from French's article, Wells seems like a much more capable passer than BB, so that's promising as well. Fuente couldn't even keep his own classes together most years.

Second - future recruiting. Pry said what his intention is for recruiting, and guess what, every coach he hired has either been very successful recruiting and/or has strong connections already within that recruiting footprint. Did Fuente even have an intended recruiting area? It seemed like he couldn't get VA down, then tried the (insert some other state besides VA here)2VT hashtag to, what, make us feel good about getting recruits from somewhere else?

Third - fan and previous player engagement. We've been thirsting for this for a long time - and Pry seems to be hitting this one out of the park! I think Fuente was pretty quiet, definitely gave the impression he didn't like talking to the media, and clearly alienated previous players. Pry seems excited for what's coming, confident in the approach he's taking, comfortable talking to the media. And, from what I can tell, has been much more engaged with previous players.

Fourth - staff hiring. Pry has said what his intentions are - wants to win the trenches. Well, he went out and hired Rudolph, who has a good history with really physical lines. Price clearly bleeds O&M and will hopefully bring the same physicality to the DLine. We got, from what I can tell, a really good S&C coach, better than whatever Hilgart was. Beyond that, there's a lot of experience at the position coach level, and a fair amount of experience in P5, not like the previous staff who was almost exclusively G5 experience. So the staff really feels like a big upgrade from the previous staff.

That's the data - it may not be on-field, but all of that feels so much more like we're headed in the right direction to see positive on-field results in the future. And I'll bring it up again - recall Napier's presser after he'd been hired at FL where he talked about recruiting. Florida is a big dog, and clearly what he said isn't what they wanted to hear. He's been a HC and, at least in my mind, didn't sound anywhere near as confident in his approach and what they were going to be doing as Pry has sounded in his pressers. I know a lot of people really wanted Napier, it seemed mostly because of his Alabama experience, but after going back and watching that Napier clip and comparing to Pry, I really feel like we got the better coach.

What a press conference. So much more transparent than CJF already!!! So excited to see where this program is headed. Go Hokies!

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He's really a breath of fresh air. I think it definitely goes to the personality part where Fuente is very much more reserved. Pry seems to have an outgoing personality, and also just has a demeanor and swagger about him. Two very different people and personalities. Neither one is more correct than the other, but when you're looking at the guy in charge, it definitely just feels more reassuring having someone with Pry's personality.

Each week, it gets easier to see how he hit a home run with Whit if he laid out a gameplan like this.

Does anyone have any insight into why CBP couldn't answer the question about Wells?

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

Because he can't publicly talk about a recruit unless they're signed and it doesn't sound like the have his paperwork in yet.

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For those currently unable to listen: what was the question?

The reporter asked what stood out to him about Wells and what the conversations with him were like. CBP immediately leaned back and asked if he was allowed to answer the question and came quickly back with something to the effect of a *that's a negative Ghost Rider*. Honestly I like that he had the presence of mind to ask if he was even allowed to answer that question. That is how you handle the media in my opinion, not put an entire wall around the damn team workings

Edit so that the quote isn't taken literally!

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

He said "that's a negative Ghost Rider?"

I was already on board, but quoting Top Gun mid-presser like that is

Jzapetal, I owe you an apology. He didn't ACTUALLY say that, I was going for dramatic effect (definitely shouldn't have used quotes). I will edit my comment and issue you a leg!

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

Wells must not have finished enrolling yet. No worries as classes don't begin until January 18th

Interesting that JAX wouldn't let Tyler Bowen go, even with the season falling apart like it did.

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Trying not to read into that too much but I wonder if that is indicative of the quality of coach we are getting.

Could just be that they were trying to keep the wheels from *totally* falling off post-Meyer firing.

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Probably this. As an NFL team you're def gonna lose the locker room the last few games if all your coaches are already leaving.

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

Pry was hired over two weeks before Urban got the can. I'd have to check the timeline but I thought Bowen was identified pretty early on. Seems like JAX didn't want to let him go before it all imploded.

Because the owner his son and the GM are clowns who don't know what they are doing.

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amen

I've sat back the last several years and watched Penn State with jealousy. They have come into VA and taken very talented players and won 10+ games and played in/won NY6 bowls. The more I hear from Pry and his vision and what he and Franklin accomplished there, the more I realize the similarities between PSU and VT, and how excited I am we are following their model. Both big state schools with passionate football fanbases located in a very rural environment. We truly need good players within our footprint that fit the VT program. PSU was doing what VT should have been and had a ton of success.

I'm excited for this group of coaches and the immense strides we are making with support staff. If we can dominate recruiting in our footprint and get the guys who fit what VT is all about, I think Pry can get us back to where we should be in the college football landscape. Extremely excited for his vision.

PSUs proximity to NYC and DC allowed it to flourish.

We are only scraping the surface of our DC alumni base over the last 15 years. Still years behind other alumni groups, but light years ahead of where we were 15 years ago.

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I see as many PSU stickers on cars as I do VT stickers around here, and have for decades.

Pros: He is so damn likable. It's nice to have a window into his hiring process, recruiting process and plan of attack to start out. His "Recruiting outline" for the coaches to know the background of every head coach and know if a teacher went to VT is fantastic and details oriented. I cannot imagine Fu and Company had this level of detail, especially not being from VA. He said he wanted people people. It's clear Pry knows the details of sales and how to build a program.

Cons: His poker tell is scratching the left side of his body, including his shoulder, neck, side of head and back of head. Also likes to fidget with a paperclip. Perhaps he's a little nervous up there.

EDIT: I'm being sarcastic about the "poker tell" comment!!!

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

I noticed the fidgeting too. The paper, the phone, the paperclip. Not sure if he was uncomfortable or just wanted to be doing other stuff.

We need to get him a water bottle to crumple, it's a better practice and more aesthetically pleasing.

I fidget all the time in meetings, its not because I do t want to be there or am uncomfortable, its that I am just used to doing more and sitting there not physically doing something. If the meeting was o a moving walkway id be fine.

That's true. I usually fidget in meetings because I don't want to be there. Not because I am nervous, I just don't want to be there. I think I can identify with your last sentiment as well. Sitting in a room with other people around a table is just not ideal.

Meetings are generally a massive waste of time. Usually could be resolved with a phone call or email. Then in government public meetings are all just political theater. Rarely does anything good come out of it.

Most of my meetings would be a shit show on email. I have stopped meetings in which other organizations wanted to make a 3 person 15-minute discussion a 2 hour meeting, but often when you have 6+ different organizations the meetings are really presentations of the solution so everyone k own what's going on and you can shut down stupid talk, which email you just trail off until nothing gets done. The email is a recap of what you discussed so that no one replies with more stupid ideas or comments that distant people.

The worst meetings - go around the table and tell everyone what you're working on for the week. I would be working on the stuff I need to get done, instead I'm here not doing it and listening to the stuff you need to get done.

Whenever we have a sales meeting, when the president circulates the agenda he always asks if there anything that should be added to the agenda. We have one rep who always tries to add that to the agenda so he he can brag on himself. Most of us just want to get out of the meeting, and read a list of names of the paper for our part, but there are two people who see it as a challenge to spend more time talking than the other. I agree - the worst.

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The only reason that type of thing is helpful is if everyone's work is closely related and knowing what someone else is working on might impact other people's work. I've worked in both types of environments, where it was helpful and where it was not, but still did it in the not-helpful environment, and there's always the one guy who wanted to talk a lot to make himself seem important.

People telling me their schedule of meetings and other engagements they have all week. I mean just put that stuff on your Outlook calendar so I know. I don't need a detailed rundown of your weekly schedule.

Oh geez, never did that. That IS horrible. It wasn't ever that bad for me. In the instance where the work overlapped, people only really said high level stuff, but mostly only talked about the things that would be of interest to others. And you were allowed to pass if you didn't have anything that applied to others.

The other was more painful where the topics people talked about were only relevant to like 2 or 3 of the staff of like 15.

Most organizations have lots of those non-value-meetings and we just have to make it part of our work life, but the one I really hate is the Wednesday pre-meeting I have supposed to attend that is to prepare for the Friday@Noon meeting. Completely pointless because we talk about the exact same things at both meetings with the exact same group of people.

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Perhaps he's a little nervous up there.

Who the hell wouldn't be a little nervous...

But that guy has an incredibly high level of genuineness in everything I've seen him do. "Poker tell" really.... doesn't that imply he's being less than honest or holding something back???? I don't see that at all, maybe some mild fidgeting...ok but I wouldn't call that a Con. This guy is the real deal and I think we are very fortunate to get him.

Maybe we are back here in 5 or 10 years because it's time for him to go.....but I fully believe that between now and then he's going to win a lot of football games.

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Geez, didn't realize I needed the hard /S.

Relax, I'm a huge fan of CBP and what he's doing. I don't think he's hiding anything or trying to con us. I just noticed the body language because I studied it as a comm major and it interests me.

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The paper's were there as a 'well we need to have something between you and the microphone' he never referred to them at all. Paperclip was definitely a fidget item. As someone pointed out below - phone was probably a bad 'prop'. It would be interesting to see if he'd start carrying a fidget cube (or similar) to give him an outlet.

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I think the paper was his opening statement or way least an outline of it. He was referencing it a lot at the beginning but once the q&a started he was focused on the audience members asking the questions.

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Not throwing shade, but we're assessing his posture/disposition during a presser? This guy could juggle during the presser for all I care so long as he gets us to the promised land.

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This would be the greatest presser ever.

I'd like to see him come out to the podium, start juggling, and answer questions without ever once referencing the juggling.

I would have incredible faith in the program if our HC could come out juggling, do a 30m press conference refusing to acknowledge it, give detailed responses, and then leave. That is a person with intense confidence.

And arms of steel to juggle for 30m straight

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And concentration to match

Now that we all have this image in our head. What would CBP most likely to be juggling?

"Don't go to, go through"

Miniature UVA helmets of course. After all they are our little brother.

Can he change the sticker to the kid that's hanging over the wall?

I don't see why not.

Not sure how the new member of our staff would feel about using this to juggle with. -I'll see myself out

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I was worried about his cup of coffee when he started talking about PA recruiting footprint πŸ˜‚

Coffee??? I thought that was beer!

Best presser ever was John Chaney threatening to kill Calipari years ago. The juggling would've come a close second.

I edited my comment to note that I'm being sarcastic about his "poker tell." Obviously he's not playing poker.

I noticed his fidgeting. No, I don't care about it.

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What was REALLY REFRESHING is that he had "people" off to the side that he DELEGATED questions to when he wasn't sure! Can you say confidence, teamwork, leadership and delegation! I get the feeling this dude is a little more tightly wound than he may let on - but he was transparent and definitive! We may have ourselves a CEO leader!

Between the VA recruiting and blue collar mentality talk, he is really filling our trough with the slop that we crave.

I think this just confirms that CBP TKPs

It seems like his "recuriting footprint" comments were just good business sense. He said "I told my staff to not go west of Mississippi for recruiting unless there's an existing relationship there. I don't want my staff going to Texas or Nebraska unless there's an existing relationship between the player's family and Virginia Tech."

VT doe not yet have infinite resources, so he maximizing his efficiency by recruiting where he can make the biggest impact. It also pays to cultivate relationships in those close in areas as they are more likely to pay long term dividends than attempting to recruit hotbeds like Texas and California. I am hoping the "existing relationships" comment means we keep the Florida pipeline open. But I think this is just as much a smart business move as it is a cultural identity. Gotta love it when those things line up - that is a great way to build a successful organization.

This was also because of the reality of the modern transfer system, which he seems to firmly grasp. You aren't going to keep a firm grasp on a lonely kid, so having someone that can visit or a connection with the school is important to keeping kids around.

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I noticed that too. Im hoping he gets the message

I DM'ed Pete on twitter because I figured he would probably end up seeing the message. Responded "thank you" so we'll see if Coach has his phone out on the table for the next press conference πŸ‘

Pretty cool to hear that Rudolph initiated the conversation and reached out to Pry about coming here. It's nice to be wanted, or viewed as a destination, for the first time in 6 years.

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Top tier position coach that not only wants to be here but asked to be here. I'm not sure what to do with these emotions.

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Finally was able to listen to the presser. To echo what everyone else says, man what a breath of fresh air. I honestly think I stopped listening to any media opportunity involving Fu after 2019. There was just nothing there and nothing to get excited about. I love hearing from Pry and the energy and enthusiasm he brings. Comes across as extremely genuine. Has a great sense of humor too but a lot of confidence and swagger.

I love how the Harrisburg media attended the presser. Will be great if VT gets some coverage in PA because of Pry. Excited to hear he's planning on being involved in recruiting in that area too. I think he's laying out a great plan.

I'm a little surprised nobody has commented on the question relating to Galt and what he does - basically sounds like the mentally tough guys, and identifying the leaders. I feel like that was something else that had been missing from the locker room for the past several years, clear leadership from players.

Tying some other pieces together, Pry referenced Rudolph and the line play, being big and strong, and also said Galt understood the vision for the program. I imagine we're going to see some really big, really effing strong guys on the lines.

Also, I know we had been curious about the WR coach hire - sounds like the reason it may have taken so long is because he had what he considered 5 good candidates. I know some people weren't thrilled with the Bowen hire, but sounds like Pry really got the pieces he wanted, and like what he had to say about him. I keep getting more excited about the program and we're heading into the off-season! Hopefully he'll continue to have conferences throughout the off-season as well, how great would that be compared to Fuente?

After listening to that, this is going to be the longest off season ever. Looking forward to the season for the first time in what feels like forever. Can't wait to see how he handles post game pressers, etc.

This x1000. Anxiously waiting for the spring game announcement and holding my breath it'll be televised. Can't wait to get a sneak preview.

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We already know more about CBP's recruiting & staffing philosophies in less than 2 months than we were able to figure out in 6 years of Fu. If Pry wins games like he wins press conferences, we're gonna be very happy Hokies.

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That's bc Fu didn't have a philosophy/plan

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His plan was BFF.

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The plan was to recruit VA, but when they completely botched that, they went to NC. And when they completely botched that, they went to TX. And after it looked like that wasn't working, it was legit throwing desperation darts.

So Coach Pry's recruiting footprint of 6 hour drive radius seems to be for the family's ability to drive into Blacksburg and see the games in person more than anything, IMO. So I started to think about the future and how we could use some things to our advantage. With the return of passenger rail to Roanoke, currently single trip to DC in the morning and a single return in the evening but a second trip is already in the works to get going, we may be able to leverage this as a way to expand the footprint. There are studies being done for a NRV station and expansion of the service. So it is at least seen as viable for the future. VT would probably benefit from trying to leverage a high speed rail from NRV to DC area to link both campuses for easy travel. I feel this would then allow us to expand our ability to recruit in a larger area and make VT more easily accessible to everyone. This would probably not happen in Coach Pry's tenure unless he happens to make this a Beamer situation (not comparing just saying if he manages to sustain success over the years) but would just help VT be accessible to more people.

It would also help to expand 81 into 6 lanes. I would love for that to come to fruition by any means that are not toll booths

advantage of toll booths - you get money from out of state folks who drive on the road (and there would be TONS) to cut down on how much in-state folks would need to pay in taxes

disadvantage of toll booths - in-state folks who use the road routinely would have to pay a lot more in tolls than they likely would in taxes if the road was funded that way instead

Onward and upward

So WV sort of fixed that. When they started with their EZPass (not sure if it was ezpass or smart tag at the time). In state residents got their responder linked to a toll booth. The cheapest toll booth was in Beckley and cost $5 a year. Then all other toll booths cost money on top of that. But you could buy multiples so that for $20 a year you got both booths around Beckley. So locals did this and got unlimited access. Everyone else pays.

A NoVa equivalent would be a flat rate for the dulles toll road, but then Greenway would still cost money, the 495/95 tolls would cost money. That way visitor traffic would be paying way more than local.

Yeah that's my gripe, I routinely drive 30 miles of 81 one way for work, gas expense is enough I'm really not trying to add additional yearly expenses. That being said if it's $20 a year and I get unlimited access while double charging people with Maryland (all the offense Maryland residents) plates I'd be okay with that

I moved to Maryland for my work (cut my commute significantly). The move is slowly destroying me.

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Not necessarily. When I lived in South Jersey and had to take the AC Expressway to work everyday, if your EZ-Pass was used on the road a certain times a month you were considered a commuter and were charged at a substantially reduced rate. Could do something similar.

so based on this and the comment above about WV figuring out a work-around I would probably support making 81 a toll road (in sections) if that comes along with some significant improvements to the road and traffic flow while not negatively impacting VA residents who use the road regularly. I'm not sure what kind of cascade effect that would have, though. I know that 81 is a main shipping route (all those tractor-trailers....) and if the shipping companies are paying more to ship product that means prices go up for consumers. It might be negligible. I'm not sure, I don't work in that realm so I have no clue, really. Just something to consider.

Onward and upward

I imagine introducing a toll would be way less impactful to freight expenses than the increasing cost of diesel, which affects all shipping routes.

Not sure it's just that - sounds like it's also for a kid to be close enough to family if they're having a rough go with something. How many times have you heard that a kid entered the portal to be closer to family - seems more like that's so the kid could be closer, not that the family could just be able to drive to games.

This^^^^^^

It seems to be exactly what CBP is saying. Someone wrote about this last year. Kids who transfer rarely move farther away from home. Logically, it makes sense. That's how you develop a strategy, identify patterns and design them into your systems.

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Give Whit some props to get the complete opposite of FU.

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I think he checked every box of what he said he was looking for except the prior HC experience, which, 7 out of 8 ain't bad!

so sang Meat Loaf! oh wait, that's 2 out of 3 ain't bad. ole well.........

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I just wish Shayne Graham wanted to coach a little longer. But he did get married recently.

After that press conference I am even more excited to move forward. I am interested to see what Pry does for the Spring Game. It would be great to finally televise the game rather try and keep it a deep dark secret.

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I'll be thrilled to death just to have a spring game this year. We can give CBP credit for getting that done too.