Really, I am... One thing that doesn't get mentioned when it comes to BB attendance is the stinkin' economy. One didn't have to cruise far on the football boards to see many posters having to make choices about where they were going to spend their dollars re ACCCG or Sugar Bowl so I imagine that many of those same posters haven't gotten rich since January 3rd.
Look, Will - you admitted a couple of years ago that you didn't know what "going hard to the basket" meant so how are you one to really make any judgements about ANY college basketball program - well, you have the right to but not as a subject matter expert.
Chris, you have had a perpetual mad-on about CSG for two years or more - but at least two years. OK, we get it.
But you two need to understand that there are other people out there that do not agree with you - a lot of other people. Secondly, I just don't see how you fire CSG when you take into consideration our basketball history in the last 20+ years. Third, I don't think you two get how tough a sell VT basketball is to recruits, how darn tough this job really is. So quit pointing out the "problems" about CSG without having a solution. Fire CSG and hire a new coach? Who in the heck would we get? If JW fired CSG, the VT basketball job would be radioactive - i.e. it's not a destination job anyway and there are not many mid-major basketball Einsteins that would want the VT job after firing CSG. Especially after so many winning seasons and beating UNC and Duke both when they were #1 and beating them as much if not more so than 95% of the programs out there. My opinion is that you are putting football expectations on the basketball program and that is anything but fair. Remember, over half of the FBS teams get to go to bowls and get their participation trophies - only 19% of the Division I teams get to go to the tournament - a much, much tougher task.
But part of it is me - I'm just so tired of TSL right now and all the Sha Chi going on both the football and basketball boards and now I'm contributing to it. Time to take a huge break until next fall.
As far as the economy goes, it doesn't help, but it's also been bad for 5+ years. It was never a problem until this year. People are bored of VT hoops, tired of Seth, or really just don't care about hoops afterall. I don't know. But the fact is, they aren't buying tickets or coming to games. And Seth just got a big raise a couple of years ago, on top of that.
And I'm generally the first guy to point out how hard it is to recruit to Virginia Tech. I get more heat for saying that than I have for saying that Seth has taken us as far as he can take us.
Also, point out in the article where I said we should fire him. I've never written anything that flat out said a VT coach should be fired. In fact, I'm on record as saying I'm not sure Weaver is the guy to hire somebody better. I'm afraid he'd go hire Everhart, who has NEVER made the NCAA Tournament, just because it would be an easy hire and because he could get him for cheap. Everhart would be bad for the program long-term, IMO.
As far as Seth goes, as a Tech graduate (not the manager of a VT website), I'm not a huge fan of the way Seth represents the school sometimes. Too much complaining (we beat this team, but they didn't finish in top 50, we lost to this team when the were healthy, etc, etc.), and I think his comments don't sit well with the Selection Committee. How would you like to be called certifiable? I also think his coaching style can be very toxic, with the wrong group of players, especially if they get on a losing streak. That's why I'm particularly worried about this season. Finally, I don't like how he treats some people. Such as responding to question on Tech Talk Live with comments like "Well, I'm glad Tim isn't coaching the team." That's a direct quote from how he responded to someone last week, and I don't like it. That's not our culture at Tech to say things like that to people. Whoever Tim is probably didn't like it very much either. And comments like that from him are fairly common. All of that is just my opinion, as a Tech graduate and a guy who has gone to games for 10 years.
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