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  1. Pretty sure that tracks back to the early years of the Tom Rife era. And to the point about the quality of basketball there, you're probably showing your age with your post and I am showing mine with this response. Beginning with the '82-'83 season Richlands went on a consistent winning trajectory. The Blues won the SWD tournament (under the old 11 team configuration) twice in three years and closed out the end of that decade by sweeping both regular season and tournament titles three years in a row. Even as enrollment was beginning to decline, the program put five different teams on the court on a consistent basis (varsity, jv, 9th grade, 8th grade, and 6th/7th grade) while still cutting kids in tryouts. Oh, and the girls were pretty good during that stretch as well. Pretty much mirroring the boys side -- although the Lady Blues actually had better success in the postseason. 1986 team lost a close game in the Class AA state semifinal (well before the basketball playoffs were expanded to 6 groups). All of this contributed to a solid identity for Richlands as a "basketball school."
  2. Agree with the point about talent and youth. But statistically this team and the 2012 verson are extremely comparable. 2012 (per game averages): Passing Rushing Total Offense First Downs Penalties Turnovers Split G Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg Pass Rush Pen Tot No. Yds Fum Int Tot Offense 13 17.2 33.6 51.3 230.9 1.4 39.0 145.8 3.7 1.4 72.6 376.8 5.2 9.8 8.4 1.0 19.2 6.0 51.0 0.7 1.3 2.0 Defense 13 16.2 32.4 50.1 199.1 1.3 37.3 134.1 3.6 1.0 69.7 333.2 4.8 8.7 7.1 2.1 17.8 7.0 54.6 0.6 1.0 1.6 Difference +1.0 +1.2 +1.2 +31.8 +0.1 +1.7 +11.7 +0.1 +0.4 +2.9 +43.6 +0.4 +1.1 +1.3 -1.1 +1.4 -1.0 -3.6 +0.1 +0.3 +0.4 2019 (per game averages): Passing Rushing Total Offense First Downs Penalties Turnovers Split G Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg Pass Rush Pen Tot No. Yds Fum Int Tot Offense 12 14.4 24.7 58.4 217.3 1.7 44.3 172.9 3.9 1.7 69.0 390.3 5.7 8.4 9.6 1.9 19.9 5.6 54.2 1.2 0.7 1.8 Defense 12 19.3 35.4 54.6 237.0 1.7 33.4 123.4 3.7 1.3 68.8 360.4 5.2 9.4 6.3 1.9 17.7 7.3 56.3 0.3 1.1 1.4 Difference -4.9 -10.7 +3.8 -19.7 0.0 +10.9 +49.5 +0.2 +0.4 +0.2 +29.9 +0.5 -1.0 +3.3 0.0 +2.2 -1.7 -2.1 +0.9 -0.4 +0.4
  3. To the excellent points you raised, there is no guarantee about the number of players who will return based on the nature of the transfer portal. (Our incumbent starting QB entered it himself just this past January.) And the expectations of the Hokie fan base aren't necessarily reasonable, either. A significant portion of Hokie supporters (including donors) were ready to chase Fuente out of town following the Duke game. With all due respect, he would be a lot dumber to discount that factor when calculating his future plans. In terms of competition within the SEC West, Alabama and LSU seem to be the only unreachable targets within the near term. Jimbo Fisher appears to be a poor match for A&M and Auburn is often its own worst enemy. Winning one of those four matchups on a regular basis (which is not unthinkable) might be enough to provide something akin to job security in Fayetteville. Ultimately it depends on Fuente's own personal career plans and ambitions. If the media reports can be believed -- incidentally, they can't -- then it appears that the Razorbacks are looking in another direction. But I'm positive that there has been communication between Fuente and Arkansas within the last couple of weeks.
  4. I hesitate to post this as a lifelong Hokie fan, but there was a definite bias against SWVA players during the Dooley years. Even if they did make the team, uber talented guys like Eddie Hall from Graham rarely saw the playing field. That changed under Beamer (maybe as a result of necessity in his first years -- playing under the effects of the probation terms that Dooley earned). Maybe that's also perception due to Beamer's roots. Fuente seems willing to go after talent wherever it is -- Mitchell is proof of that theory. But there doesn't seem to be the same level of commitment by the current regime to SWVA that Beamer had shown. (And more immediately I am really perplexed by the fact that they made little or no use of Mitchell yesterday.) For the sake of argument I will offer a theory. Virginia Tech will welcome students from Southwest Virginia in a broad and sweeping manner. But only the truly extraordinary athletes will ever be considered within the revenue producing sports.
  5. With regular season complete, I will rate this team as roughly comparable to 2012 team in terms of outcome -- assuming we draw a bowl assignment as "winnable" as the matchup with Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Really perplexed by a lot of things today that go back to coaching. But that might be a moot point. I wouldn't be shocked if Fuente accepts an offer from Arkansas.
  6. There probably is no video evidence of the post-game shenanigans from 1984. I don't think the game itself was televised. But anyone who stuck around to witness it probably remembers. In an effort to break things up (police presence was seriously overmatched) they turned on the sprinkler system and played "The Star Spangled Banner." Triggering effect was UVa fans making a bid to bring down the goal posts (just like Tech fans had done at Scott Stadium the year before). They didn't get either one. First attempt was at the south end zone, but that was blocked by quick reacting students/fans. The Hoo faithful then turned their attention to the north end zone. As a throng ran the length of the field, the first line of defense was the VT cheerleaders along with the Hokie Bird mascot. As the UVa fans arrived on that end, the Hokie Bird (pretty much blindly, I would assume) just started throwing punches. Quite a few of those connected and absolutely cold cocked some people. Like I said, not a really proud moment for either side. But still makes me laugh to think about it.
  7. I'm completely devout in my adherence to the Hokies, but I've always enjoyed some of the more colorful elements associated with the UVa rivalry from all angles. I actually found the old "scramble" band and their halftime shows satirizing Tech to be pretty hilarious. I also laughed at a sign one year that said, "The REAL score: UVA 1300, Tech 800." And although it's probably completely inappropriate, I chuckle every time I think about the fight between students/fans on the field at Lane Stadium after the 1984 game. But I will readily admit that I have a pretty screwy sense of humor. Here's hoping for an injury free -- yet spirited -- experience all around on Friday.
  8. Bringing in Jerry Kill was also a stroke of genius (easy to say in hindsight, of course).
  9. Look, if you need help watering the field ahead of your playoff game, don't beat around the bush -- just ask.
  10. I don't know. Those Mountain Lions will get after ya. *sniff*
  11. Also appears that Concord is very limited in available slots for scheduling non-conference games. Only possible reason to schedule a match-up with BC would be gate revenue (and that would project an outward appearance of weakness at the very least). Interesting idea and question. But it probably boils down completely to differences in classification (as pointed out by UVAObserver). Switching gears just a bit, a series with Emory & Henry would seem to be mutually beneficial (and actually similar to interactions between E&H and Concord that took place in years past). Was this year's game a one-off, or are there plans to continue that relationship?
  12. A lot of very goofy stuff happening in Front Royal/Warren County these days. While perplexing, the decision to skip the playoffs is pretty far down that list.
  13. With three games to go, I will amend my fretting to note that Tech appears to be performing on about the same level as Beamer's final years beginning in 2012. Fuente looks to be given more time to implement his system based on the play of his QB recruits (Hooker and Patterson). Will be interesting to see how that plays out. Thank God it's basketball season. (A bit TIC there but I do think we snagged a good coach in Mike Young.)
  14. Club used CaptainU. We were hooked up with them as part of a tournament we played in Richmond. My son also had a profile with Next College Student Athlete. For soccer, my perspective was that my son and his teammates got slightly more activity through CaptainU. But the best networks are still through coaches (both travel and school teams). Thanks for the well wishes. Just waiting to hear from Tech on December 15th. Hopefully things will be crystal clear then.
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