I once thought that CSG was exactly what VT basketball needed. He's a fiery, passionate guy who brought some life into an otherwise dead basketball program. Problem is that his fire and passion also come with some baggage. While that baggage may not be anything big, it all adds up after a while. As someone who lives in b'burg, once you hear story after story, it begins to get old. When you're winning, it's something that people can deal with. When you're not winning, that baggage becomes very old and people get tired of it. I don't think it's so much that we are "losing" now, but it's the way we're losing the games we lose that have me and so many other fans frustrated. When you come out flat game after game, that's on the coach. Take the last two games of the regular season last year. Either one of those games would have secured our place in the NCAA tournament, no doubt about it. We then get blown out by two inferior teams. There's no excuse for coming out flat like that. Same story this year for the first three ACC games. We come out flat, get down early and never can get over the hump.
While there's no denying that our basketball program has improved under CSG's watch, I don't think you can say that we have a better program now than we had 5 years ago. Let me also add that i think some of CSG's initial success can be directly attributable to being in the ACC. We continue to shoot ourselves in the foot year after year and can't get over the hump. I don't buy the argument of "VT being a tough sell". If WVU can have a very good basketball program, there is no excuse for us not having one. I know Huggins is a scumbag, but you still have to get kids to come that craphole of a town for 4 years +/-.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't think there's any reason that we can't go to the NCAA tournament more years than not. We have a great practice facility, a great home court advantage and the state of VA has a good amount of basketball talent. I am tired of being a perennial bubble team and want someone who can take that next step.
Last edited by HokieFan14; Tue Jan 17 2012 at 04:30 PM.
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