By: MiklsanVT93 on May 8, 2023, 4:56 PM | 49 comments
Any TKPers heading out to Hardywood in Richmond to hear Pry tonight? I will be heading out there shortly.
How about any of the other upcoming stops?
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Heading there now. Perfect excuse to have a couple beers on a Monday night.
Been here since 4:30!
You must really be dedicated to the tailgate portion of this event
Report back with a summary!
I saw Fuente in Atlanta in 2017ish(?). It was pretty fun to hear from him.
It was a different time... Fuente was 19-5(?) in his first two seasons. Recruiting was looking good (enough). We hadn't lost to ODU yet.
I thought about it, but we got a late start heading back from Massanutten this morning, and I was pooped from my first trip to a driving range in about 8 years.
Beautiful evening. Much smaller turnout than last year.
That 3-8 will get after ya
It wasn't even just being 3-8. It's how we got there. Putrid offense. Like, basically at the bottom of the heap in the nation bad. And somehow throwing away 4th quarter leads multiple times.
3-8 is bad. But last year's VT version of 3-8 was epically bad.
Depth will get after ya.
Pry wearing Tennessee orange in support of Hooker I guess.
I didn't go last year so I don't have anything to compare it to, but great time overall.
Whit and Pry both definitely nudging fans to consider donating to Triumph. Pry talked about how much better the roster is and how he wants everyone to be working at a championship level. If players don't want to earn a spot they are not at the right program. Some was obvious fan service, but he seems genuine about making the roster championship caliber.
Ran into the head whistle in the boys room and was caught off guard. Best thing I came up with was a finger point and "how's it going man".
Should have hit him with the LetterKenny classic "oh is this where the dicks hang out?"
I'll be at the Tidewater Hokie club event tonight in VA Beach. Up here for work. If you see me, say hi, I'll be the guy wearing a shirt
I'll be at the 2 Silos event in Manassas on the 22nd. I will also be the guy wearing a shirt.
However, I make no promises about wearing pants.
....and nothing else, apparently
Probably shoes to protect his feet.
And to adhere to the shoes and shirt required.....
Link/info for the lazy:
I heard good things from SaladHokie.
We're glad he's better. /s
Mostly fan service from Pry, but a few interesting comments from the Richmond event (others feel free to chime in):
- Talked a lot about how the roster was upgraded. Said we were simply not athletic enough or fast enough last year
- Talked a ton about winning Virginia and being relavent in the "footprint". Said that both coaches we hired this spring and 4 of 7 transfers had ties to the footprint. That was intentional.
- Mentioned they were struggling to get 1 starting qualty WR last year and thought we would have 5-6 this season
- Said OL depth is still an issue and they were still pursuing transfer depth
- Burnop lobbed him a softball about being close but losing a number of close games last year. Pry asked for a beer (and a whiskey) and then proceeded to say we were ready to win those games.
- Talked about how he never wanted a player to choose VT for NIL money, but that you have to compete in NIL if you want to win.
- Pry mentioned Tuten ran a 4.32 timed for the S&C team last week (crowd loved that). That is one fast bowling ball!
And just as a comment, Pry and his wife were great with the fans. He is really good with people, and I am sure that helps with all of the aspects of managing and recruiting.. And Coach Cheetah Jones looks as slick in person as he does in his social media!
I see VT uses the same equipment to time 40s as they do to measure baseball's homerun distances. Several record setters donning the maroon and orange!!
Same script tonight, lots of props to Mines, talked about James Johnson
What did he say about Johnson?
Excited for the hire, wants to win Virginia recruiting battles and James Johnson's relationships are going to make that an easier proposition.
Separate note, I worry about Burnop's skin, looking extra crispy tonight.
Recruiting the "footprint" is great, makes a ton of sense. But it only works of you get the best players in the footprint. The late beamer years when these guys were going to Clemson and UNC- whether they panned out or not- was the beginning of the end for competing for ACC Championships. Pry needs to start landing top 5 Va players, top 10-15 NC players, etc.
I will be heading to the Manassas tour today. Looking forward to meeting coach and seeing what he has to say.
Mrs. Pailholder and I will be there. Looking forward to hearing/seeing the coaches.
All in all it was a pretty good event. Typically said the same thing at Richmond above and I'm surprised he also asked for whiskey here lol
I forgot my phone in the car so I couldn't take notes at the NoVA event but here are some highlights:
Whit's Interview - nothing earth shattering
Oh, and I won a bobble head in the raffle.
I hope the response to the coach in the lower 7 group was "well you're gonna start losing to VT again"
Wow lots of dirt from Pry here:
When did the mag7 coaches meet up??? Were all 7 schools there? Was this in person or virtual? Are these head coaches or assistants? Was Pat Nardouche the one who complained? So many questions!!!!
Was drones there? Was Pry saying that Drones is looking like a starter, or just that he came to VT with the intent of winning the starting job?
Is this an ACC rule or what?
It had to be Nardouche. He would be the one to start something.
If only head coaches were present, it's definitely him. If assistants were there too, then it could've been a lot of people.
He said coach "buddy". Nardz doesn't have any friends, so rules him out.
I imagine it was just a meeting of coaches and the discussion topic turned to the "Magnificent 7" news items
How often do the 14.5 acc coaches meet? Who leads these meetings? What are the agendas like?
Dabo apparently missed the meeting because he was on safari in Africa and texting pictures of animals to Elliott the whole time. Lol.
ohh okay so this was the last ACC meetings. Make sense. Thanks.
That is some shit talking there
Coach Pry also mentioned that being on safari may have cost Dabo a $10K fine for missing the meeting. "Joke" was if he paid the fine or not (Pry didn't know)
As folks have alluded to
No Tailgate tour in Atlanta (sad Hokie), but figured I could share some quotes/comments from another Hokie group chat:
Not defending it, but where D1 type players are in HS is no secret. I'm guessing Warick hasn't had any prospects? not unheard of. A buddy of mine had a kid at North Stafford- he said that he was going to either VT or Wisky or WVU, well exactly zero college head coaches visited the school to see him or talk about him. The word was out. He ended up at St Francis. There are no secrets any more