Just a bit of perspective in all this debate about Seth
I'm just now catching up on what everyone has written since the BC loss, and there seems a bit of generational gap on the program. It seems to me younger Hokies are saying it doesn't matter what we did pre-1995 (i saw one post that said "irrelevant, Grandpa") and I saw a few more than don't seem to take into account VT's basketball history. Oddly enough, the time period I want to describe also heavily affects the attitude you see over on the football board when someone suggests Frank needs to make major changes or retire.
If you watched VT basketball from 1976 until 1986, during that time the Hokies made the NCAA in 1976 (having a big lead at one point before losing to Western Michigan), 1979 (won a game, then lost to Larry Bird and Indiana State), 1980 (won a game, then lost to Indiana), 1985 and 1986. So that's five big dances in 10 years when a lot less teams made the field and VT wasn't in a major conference like the ACC. If you're from that era, you probably struggle with why can't VT make the NCAAs more than once a decade given ACC membership and a lot more teams being allowed in the field.
At the same time, that was the era VT was losing in football to the likes of Richmond, William and Mary, etc. and the thought of going to a bowl was a pipe dream. Frank changed all that and to a lot of people, it's frustrating we can't get over the hump in big games, but we sure as heck don't want to go back to 5-6, never being on TV and losing to VMI. To this same group, there's nothing that bad to regress to in basketball. We're doing far worse (vs. NCAA's) now than we were back in the day.
I can go either way on the Seth debate. I find him to be a standup guy who I'm proud to see associated with the program, yet also understand you get paid on results, not image. But history does matter. Ultimately, I'm going to pull for the Hokies to win the rest of their games, then wait to have an opinion until after the final record is in the books. Even the biggest critic would agree that no one would ever want to make a change during a season...
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