OT: Coach Pry participates in the Drillfield snowball fight

How awesome is this guy?

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Good lord that's awesome. So many of these little things that just add up. If nothing else, he seems to just know the people side.

He had a head start by knowing the traditions.

But, yeah, he's perfect so far.

I mean knowing the traditions, or some of them, and actually participating in things and saying the right things. Being able to execute and not get bogged down in the minutiae is important. I'm sure things have changed a fair amount since he left in '97.

Either way, so far, so good.

Chris Coleman made a good point on the TSL podcast that this was likely as much the Athletic Department learning from past mistakes as it is Pry looking for engagement.

This was a highly coordinated production with all the video and photo crews onsite as well as some assistant coaches.

Glad to see VT as a whole learning from our mistakes.

good PR. If nothing else, he's done this better than the previous staff. No doubt about that.

Onward and upward

In only a few weeks..........

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

Did you guys check out all the pictures? So many selfie's with students and he really looks into it. God I hope he wins a shit-ton of games for us!

I'm trying very hard to keep my emotions in check......Oh hell, I'm amped up. Let's go, Hokies! When does football start?

Pry be like:

Coach Pry, and really the whole staff, is killing it with the PR right now. It definitely seems like the fans are getting re-engerized and excited. Still have games that need to be played to see how this staff does but they are crushing the off season!

1-0 every week

I expect building a rapport and winning over the fanbase, will help immensely with this rebuild. The more goodwill he's earned from us, the more charitable we'll be when things are looking rough. He's not walking into the roster CJF had in 2016, and things could look bleak these next few seasons.

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

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

I also root for: The Keydets, TexAggies, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and Braves.

This is a role that VT has embraced for years as the underdog..down and out. We know there are going to be lean years ahead, but that will make it that much sweeter when we start winning. Similar to how it was playing TX in 95. This is where the support comes from.

fucking A, Pry is killing it

What was his strategy out there? Did he use any sweeps to attack the flank or did he use overwhelming force to control the line to advance his position? This information could tell us a lot about the future.

Judging from that one photo, he made an attempt to push the snowball down field. I hope he made the one read he was allowed to and really forced it there.

80 layups driving downfield

My strategy in the two I got to be a part of was always just to avoid the corps guys with the 3 man slingshots lol...didn't always work though, and good god could those slingshot snowballs leave a mark when they smacked you in the side of the head.

Is it my imagination or has he done more, higher quality fan engagement stuff in 2 months than Fuente did in his whole 6 years?

That isn't hard because Fuente did exactly nothing for fan engagement.

Fair enough - it feels like Fuente gave like one or to "go us!" type pressers, but nothing stood out that I could distinctly remember. I would assume that if he did, it was so few and far between and so forgettable that I just couldn't remember. I mean, Pry probably beat Fuente with that first campus trip where he met with, what was it, 18 different groups, from faculty, other coaches, Beamer and Foster, the Corps of Cadets, etc.

We'll always have the one Friday night tweet sesh

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

Yes......
And its not your imagination.

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

It's not you. My wife and I were talking late last week that it seems that we're now getting notifications daily through the VT Sports of stuff that the football team is doing or little PR blurbs. Can't remember that occurring under the Fuente regime.

Can Pry bring Tre back?

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

I think technically speaking, yes e can.

He keeps checking boxes I didn't know I had on a list of what a Virginia Tech coach should be. The talking heads always discuss 'offseason winners', but it looks like the words and actions by Pry is the biggest offseason win we have had as a program in quite some time. Really hope he can re-build consistent success here, it's impossible to not love his embracement of VT and Blacksburg.

And.... he didn't end up on the injury report.
Perfect execution!

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

Social media team really upped their game recently

FAM! (Which now includes CBP)

It's hard to not fall in love with the honeymoon but man, does Pry just get it. If he can recruit as well as he seems to completely understand the culture, he could do some special things.

I thought the idea was to fall in love BEFORE the honeymoon. ;>)

Ut Prosim Ad Dei Gloriam

We're doing middle ages arranged marriages now.

Barber from the top rope!

BAH GAWD

THAT'S MIKE BARBER'S MUSIC

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

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

Here is the difference between a head whistle who understands the VT culture and how to leverage it for goodwill versus a hired gun from another time zone who is unwilling to embrace the unique VT culture.

VTCC '86 Delta Company, Hokie in Peru, Former Naval Aviator, Former FBISA, Forever married to my VT87 girl. Go VT!

He's done everything else perfectly... when does Pry get his Key Players Club Membership and do an AMA?

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."

What if he actually answers the almost arrested question? Total meltdown here

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

I'll put money on him responding with "JC Price, Bourbon Street, end of comment."

For the record, he's already stated team pie.
Pumpkin pie, if my memory serves.

And The Allman Brothers Band.
(Some earlier interview at VT)

I feel like he's a pie guy, someone needs to ask

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

Oh so these aren't considered riots now? Well damn

what

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

Voicemail that was distributed to all the RolmPhones in the dorms about how the snowball fight would be considered a riot and police would be reacting to it as such so don't do a snowball fight.

This was around 95-96 iirc.

Ah the old RolmPhones. Great for running a BBS back in the late 80's.

BBS?

Bulletin Board System. Precursor to web sites.

Whoa. Weird. Going to have to Google that.

I looked it up and I remember my great uncle doing this a few times back in the early 90s. Seemed like a really cool way to connect to people back in the pre-internet days.

Old is a relative term.

Thankfully, this was just before my time (by a year). I did spend hours compiling FORTRAN using MS Fortran 4.1 on an IBM PS2, though.

As a Business major, I did my required one "quarter" of Fortran on punch cards. Racking my old brain as to which building we went to feed the hopper.

I remember the class itself being in the large lecture hall in McBride, but also cannot remember where we had to go to feed the hopper. Definitely a different building. My somewhat warped mind takes me to a dingy, basement room filled with banks of huge processors with whirling reels of magnetic tapes like some old sci-fi movie being lampooned on 'MST 3000'.

Probably the Physics building.

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

Raise your hand if you ever saw someone drop their stack of cards while on their way into CS class to turn them in. This was slightly before my time, but my brother saw it happen a few times. Pro tip: Spend the extra couple cents on decent rubber bands, your grade will thank you for it. Also, number your stupid cards as soon as you get them.

Side note: He also got to use a 300 baud modem to connect remotely, but it was literally several seconds for each character to show up on his screen after typing it so he would just book 2am time slots on campus. Ah, the good old days!

EDIT: Typo was driving me nuts

Technically, I didn't see anyone do this, but it actually happened to me on a cold, windy day crossing the Drill Field spring tri of '76.

Punch cards sucked, Fortran sucked, and yes my grade suffered for it. An early indication that CS was not for me...

Back in my day I had to carry my 300 pound piece of shit $5000 IBM PC across campus from Pritchard to McBride to show a professor that I actually installed FreeBSD on my own computer.

I had the first required computer with a hard drive. 20mb hard drive and 1mb RAM. Had someone say "you'll never outgrow that computer. It'll last you a lifetime. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Yep, in Fall '88 they started requiring PCs for engineers (and Macintoshes for CS). The base model was an IBM PS2 model 25 with dual 3.5" floppys. You could upgrade to a model 30 to get a 10mb HD or a model 50 to get a 10mb HD and a math co-processor.

I was there right around when you were - I remember having like a 40mb hard drive and 4mb RAM. We had to uninstall one or all of the MS office tools to install CAD if memory serves. I think a year or two after they had the first computers with CD rom drives. Also, fun stuff like messing with people's autoexec.bat files, or changing the DOS prompt to read "fatal drive reading error in C". Good times ๐Ÿ˜‚

I can remember Dad's first home computer. 386 with 1 MB of Ram and 40 MB hard drive. people asked him what he was going to do with all that memory.

Dad's first home computer. 386 with 1 MB of Ram and 40 MB hard drive.

I must be older than your dad. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‚

I think no. His profile says class of 97, so I'm guessing the key word is "home" computer, whereas ours would have been "dorm" computers. So my family's first "home" computer was an Apple 2e with no hard drive and just 2 floppy drives. But that bad boy had a color monitor!

I had a 1984 AT&T computer. It had a "color" monitor. The text was green instead of white. That counts, right?

Lol - hilarious. I remember I think a bunch of computers back then being green and greenish white. We had a true color monitor (well, like 16 bit color or 8 pack of crayon equivalent), but my friends were a little jealous. I mean, playing Karateka and Where in the World/USA is Carmen Sandiego in color was fantastic.

You're right - I was mostly just lamenting about my age. I took no offense whatsoever.
As a kid, our family's first computer was a Trash 80.

I maintain I'm still 25. Most of the time I feel that way, just much more out of shape than I was when I was really 25.

Dad died in 2019 at 79 years old.

Mom was a teacher, so she started brining home those old Apples with disk and tape drives in the early 80's. Some of my first programing was with LOGO.

I did this as a kid starting in approx 1972 with my dad during family visit day (during xmas time) where he worked as a computer programmer for Bell Labs in Whippany NJ. (Ultimately became AT&T) We used to make like 200 cards just to make it print out your name. I remember being taken to see the original IBM mainframe on site. (4 year old me remembers all tubes and wiring and cooling equipment in a room the size of the warehouse at the end of raiders of the lost ark. I was told that that original IBM mainframe is where they got the name for HAL in the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey. (Advance the letters in HAL by one each to get IBM). A few years later we used to collect the 'punches' to use as confetti at the Cosmos games (NASL soccer league) at the newly built original Giants Stadium. That team had Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinalgia, Shep Messing, among others IIRC....but i digress.....OK..onto the BB game vs NC State. GO HOKIES!

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

BB game vs NC State.

We won.

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

Basically the original Internet forums/message boards.

If that was the case the entire Corps would have been brought up on Exec Court charges for riot/breach of peace. That would be frickin hilarious to watch.

Based on Instagram comments, apparently this was P.

Huh?

You aren't TKPing hard enough. In the recruiting thread, one of the coaches from Oscar Smith was giving our coaches shit for several things, but put a "P" in the Tweet, people were wondering what it was, several comments about it there.

It's a reference to the song 'Pushin P' that's popular at the momentโ€”if you aren't P you aren't a player etc

I was just referencing the other comment string. I wasn't going to go into details since there were already a number of comments in the other thread..

My bad Doug! Got ahead of myself thereโ€”hadn't seen the other thread (and admittedly did not click)

Not a problem - I don't remember if the song was mentioned in the other thread either, so apparently I need to TKP harder also. I probably should have linked to the other comments too.

Was just trying to not clutter up the discussion with stuff that was already somewhere else. For the record, song reference was not in the other string, so good info!

Damn kids these days and their damn rap music!

Sometimes I'm glad I'm an old codger.

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

New or Old coaches?

New coaches - there is a whole thing in the Jan. recruiting thread about Jones responding (diplomatically) that coach Mines wasn't on the road yet (he'd JUST been hired). I think the new coaches are working to smooth things out, but there was some drama there.

Thanks, I checked out. Such drama lol

Have we ever had a coach that was this engaged with the students and fans?

Buzz Williams comes close, but I don't know if he was to this extent. Seth Greenberg had a good relationship with the students, but seemed to keep his distance. Pry just randomly shows up and has fun.

He's the kind of coach where, I genuinely wouldn't be surprised if he showed up to a tailgate 3 hours before a game and took a rip off a beer bong or took a turn in flip cup.

This is my school
This is home

I'm just glad to have a coach who cares about our community.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

I was on campus the days of Seth Greenberg. He worked hard to engage with students and fans. I definitely went to multiple of his "workshops" and other events he put together and hosted. They were fun and it was cool to see the basketball program being built into something more than a doormat.

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I agree, I attended Greenberg's workshops and they were very educational/entertaining. Also, whenever we hosted an NIT game, Greenberg would buy a bunch of tickets and give them to students for free. For a broke college student like me, that was really awesome!

CMY was out drinking beer at football tailgates in Chicken Hill lot a few years back. I had a tall, cold BL Smoothie with him.

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 drank a beer with him at PK's the Friday before the Syracuse game this year. Looked like his bar beer of choice is Yuengling. Seemed like a hell of a guy - was super approachable and nice.

CBP and the PR department have been knocking it out of the park the last couple of weeks and it's becoming very hard not to become completely smitten even though there have been 0 games played. He's everywhere it seems and making all the right moves and doing all the right things to win the fanbase over to make next year easier on everyone.

Good golly ms. molly, I hope we don't get our hearts broken.

I love this man so much already, it's going to be heartbreaking if it doesn't work out on the field.

Achievement unlocked: All of the Fullers

"Sam Rogers is a college football icon" SB Nation

Thanks Frank!

Everything he has done so far is making it hard to not get ahead of myself with on field expectations. I need to keep reminding myself that we will be bad before we get good and thats all part of the process.

Danny is always open

My cadet hokie texted me saying cbp wants to talk to the vtcc at a corps lab.
Giggity.

Cole slaw is a condiment.

This is the first non-Gunfighter Panel Corps Lab I've ever actually wanted to attend. Only took them 18 years since I enrolled at Tech ๐Ÿ˜†

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

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

For this week's episode of 'Brent Pry Gets It', I bring you the following:

This is my school
This is home

I ran into Pry, Price, and Marve at PK's a couple of months ago. They were getting swarmed and graciously took pics with everyone who asked.

What a savings

And there's a chance that things'll get weird
Yeah, that's a possibility

First of all, I love that they are as out in the public as they are. But to do this only a few hours after the Spring Game wrapped up?

Could you imagine the scene if the coaches just waltzed into any of the bars after a win this fall? It would be a madhouse, in all of the best ways.

This is my school
This is home

Please, for the love of Frank Beamer, start a new thread.