The thing that upsets me the most about your statements concerning VT is that the BB job is not something that a really good coach (at least a coach better than CSG) would want and you have laid out all the reasons to support your view.
Well, that's your opinion, but it has been phrased in a condescending manner, IMHO, that riles me and some others.
Firstly, your opinion is tainted by a conflict of interest that is grounded in a business relationship with CSG and other coaches.
Secondly, your opinion is a static view of the situation and not a dynamic view.
Thirdly, your argument is undermined by what CFB has accomplished when he took over a program that was much more severely handicapped than our BB program currently is.
In 1987, VT had a better BB program than FB program, which is to say we had almost zero FB tradition. (We were the team that was scheduled for the patsy OOC team by ALA and other top tier teams as an example.)
He took over a program that had 3rd class facilities.
He took over a program that was in the boonies. Hell, we were almost unknown in the sports world. If you lived outside of the state, you never could read about VT FB, and were lucky to find a box scored stuck in there with the Slippery Rock College results.
He took over a program that was an independent.
He took over a program that was under severe NCAA sanctions.
He took over a program that virtually no one else wanted, but he had a vision, a skill set, and the will to change those static conditions.
So when I see what he did, what JoePa did in Happy Valley, what coach K has done for Duke, how other great BB programs were built by great coaches, I see that we are talking past each other.
You see things as they are, from your little knot hole in the fence, and I see things as they could be with the right coach that's got the vision, the temperment, the skill set and the will to build a BB program like CFB did in FB.
If you were evaluating VT's chances in FB in 1987, you nor anyone else would have seen what eventually evolved.
And if seeing that it is possible to build a great BB program at VT is "childish" and creating a counter productive atmosphere (translation: My view is the only mature view) on this board, then so be it.
Listen, FB will likely go down as one of 10 best cfb coaches EVER. It is utterly ridiculous to think the Frank Beamer of college bball is going to land at VT any time soon. That lightning won't strike twice at the same place. Hell, CFB's success may have even made such a bball transition tougher. Yes there was much early interest in seeing Duke and UNC in Cassell, but bball nor bball players at VT will not be grabbing the headlines in Blacksburg very often. I remember Bimbo Coles being like a God around this area 20 some years ago. He owned this town and people filled Casselll just to get a glimpse of him. Now fast forward 25 years and Beamer's created a program inwhich there's a few Bimbo's around campus EVERY year. Many are even much much bigger stars. With that being said, we can get better and are headed in the right direction.
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