When’s the last time you heard of a serious injury from court storming?
If you’re having a little trouble, that’s because they happen as much as you actually starting that diet and exercise routine. A quick Google search yields no incidents post 2004. Every other article’s headline contains the words “before someone gets hurt,” or “potential.” That’s all it is, potential.
This increasingly preventative culture we find ourselves in won’t be satisfied until all seven billion of us live in padded rooms and talk in clichés. Then again, I’ve heard straitjackets can cause those awful pins and needles. Ban them.
The court-storming at the University of Virginia produced zero injuries – well, save for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s bruised ego. Video packages of his kvetching poisoned the airwaves. A simple solution for you Coach K? Quit losing to inferior opponents.
It’s ironic this tsunami of prevention doubled in size after the court-storming at U.Va. It directly contradicts Thomas Jefferson’s declaration that all of us have a right to the pursuit of happiness. A novel idea the talking heads should explore.
Court-storming is an exhilarating experience for students. In 2006, I rushed onto the field at Lane Stadium after unranked Virginia Tech knocked off then-No. 10 Clemson. That ranks in my top five moments at college. Football coach Frank Beamer had the players come back out of the locker room to mingle with the fans.
Take that away, and the gluttonous football programs become even more isolated from the college experience (SEE: SEC, which banned field-rushing and court-storming nine years ago).
Arguments attacking the court-storming frequency have more credence but still are misguided. Students yearn for that bliss they see on television when a winless-in-the-Big-10 Penn State team shocks a top-five Michigan team. So, they lower the court-storming criteria.
Let them have their fun. The only people I see complaining about it are the ones who no longer have the chance to participate.
Nathan (Michigan) and my (Virginia Tech) college teams finally have something in common — they are the only ranked teams to lose to an FCS school.
I started to worry furing the first quarter against James Madison when the score wasn’t 21-0, and it all went downhill from there.
Coming into this season, every Hokie fan knew we had a lot to replace on defense, but the problems are far greater than anyone imagined. Even the most fundamental part of defense — tackling — is difficult for them.
Where do these players get off thinking they can just push people and they will go down? Why is it so hard to wrap up a player and bring them down?
Linebacker Bruce Taylor has already started making excuses saying practice tackling doesn’t equal game-speed tackling. Of course it doesn’t, but why don’t you start using proper technique and it won’t be a problem — especially against a second-rate opponent in JMU.
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow is struggling mightily in Cody Grimm’s old spot.
So, how much blame should be put on Bud Foster for the defense? About 50%. Allowing 33 points against Boise, then 21 against JMU should never happen under Foster. I could be giving him too much credit, but I think his schemes alone can limit teams to 15 points.
As for the absurdly bad offense, it’s time for a change. Bryan Stinespring has got to be in the bottom five for worst offensive coordinator in college football. With so much talent, how can Tech put up 16 points last week?
Tyrod is scrambling way too much. Every play he is rolling out of the pocket. Why? He is a good passer, and he used to have great chemistry with Danny Coale. I think I’ve seen Coale catch a handful of passes this year.
You’ve also got Ryan Williams, Darren Evans and David Wilson in the backfield, the latter of which is already saying he regrets not redshirting. The Hokies don’t need any more drama.
I could go on forever about the offense, but I’ll stop.
Last but not least, Frank Beamer. He’s now 1-26, I believe, against top-five teams. And now he’s lost to a FCS opponent. It’s time to start looking for a replacement now.
But the last thing we need is a Bobby Bowden or Joe Paterno situation. Just because Beamer has gotten Tech on the map and a household name in college football doesn’t grant him an automatic 10 more years of mediocrity.
Clearly whatever he says to the team before big games fails. It’s like a broken record — a big game involving Tech? Put all your money on the Hokies losing. It sucks to even say that, but it’s true.
Everyone seems Bud Foster is the easy pick to step up. I’m not sure if that’s the right pick. I’d be worried about a Norv Turner situation — great coordinator, bad coach. Foster’s enthusiasm is unquestioned, though, and it just might be what all the Hokies need to hear.
Whatever the case, something needs to change now.
I decided to take a couple days off before I wrote about this loss. My emotions were really strained on Saturday and any blog I wrote would have been out of emotion rather than logic. So 48 hours later, I find myself thinking the same things I was Saturday.
27-22. The final score. ECU beats #17 Virginia Tech.
So much for the undefeated season! Well, that was not going to happen anyway (The last two national champs have had at least 1 loss). Let’s break this down and figure out what is wrong with this team.
1. Sean Glennon
After last year’s performance things were looking up for the redshirt senior. On Saturday, I felt like I was watching the first year starter Glennon making questionable decisions that a veteran like himself should not be making. I realize he has a completely new wide receiver core but he should not be worrying about them catching ball. Just do your job Sean! Throw the ball where you are supposed to, do ot adapt to these young receivers! Glennon’s pocket presence is still dreadful and anytime pressure comes to him it seems like he has no clue what to do. I do think I know what is going on. Last year Glennon and Tyrod Taylor were both the quarterbacks. Glennon did not have all the pressure on his shoulders; if he was not doing well Tyrod could come in and give a different spark to the team. But because of head coach Frank Beamer’s decision to redshirt the sophomore, pressure was put firmly back on Glennon.
Simply put. NOT GOOD.
2. Bryan Stinespring – Offensive Coordinator
The running game was looking fairly decent throughout the game but instead of sticking with it in the fourth quarter, the ball was put back in Glennon’s hands. I just do not understand that at all. Kenny Lewis, who has come back early from an injury was very productive. Give the big dog the ball in those situations. He is a big boy now.
3. Special Teams
Well, Tech’s ‘defensive’ special teams showed up blocking the extra point and returning it for a safety. But punter Brent Bowden had his first punt blocked which ended up deciding the game. He needs to know the situation a little bit better. It is the fourth quarter and you are backup in your own territory. The punt needs to be quick. This also goes on the line up front for not blocking well enough. Learn from it. Don’t do it again.
4. Frank Beamer
Coach, please take the redshirt off Tyrod Taylor. It is going to be a long season for you and Hokie fans if Glennon is the one and only. We need Taylor. Glennon needs him. You need him. He has a maturity beyond his years and that needs to be showcased. It is not too late. The season can still be salvaged.
5. Hokie Fans
After this loss, I saw a lot of different reactions varying from the ‘Kill Sean Glennon’ type to the ‘Glennon did great!’ Then Tech fans start to turn on each other on how they are reacting. I think it is quite stupid for this to happen when you are not going to change somebody’s reaction. Just let them be. Personally, I think it is good when fans go off on their team after a loss. It shows they really love their team (ironic, isn’t it?) and that really want them to do well. They have high expectations for the team. I also understand the people who just want to support the team. Positive encouragement is good, but that is never going to solely help a team out. Just ask any coach for any sports team above 13 years old. You must criticize to get better.
So, the season is not over. Tech faces Furman this Saturday which, in theory, should be an easy victory but should not be overlooked. The Hokies must figure out how to fix things because next week is their first conference game against Georgia Tech. 11-1 is still possible.
With the new college season fast approaching, expert predictions are in full swing, and reactions to the AP poll everywhere. As usual, the experts focus on the national championship race and the top 5 teams. To address the AP poll first, starts with Georgia being ranked #1. Undoubtedly this has something to do with the massive 41-10 victory over Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. I think they are getting to much credit though. But truthfully it does not matter who starts off #1 because if the last few years have told us anything the preseason #1 is going to lose at some point during the season.
Getting back to the point of this article, many ‘experts,’ like Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN, have discounted Virginia Tech from the Atlantic Coast Conference race. Clemson seems to be the proverbial favorite to win the conference, easily winning the Atlantic division. While some have Virginia Tech pegged as the winner of the Coastal division, some believe Miami has a chance to dethrone the Hokies, and Wake Forest and UNC are considered dark horses.
This loss of confidence in Tech has come from the loss of key defensive players such as Xavier Adibi and Vince Hall. Make no mistake though, MLB Brett Warren played very well in Hall’s absence last season and is ready to step up as leader of one of the best defenses year in and year out. CB Victor “Macho” Harris also returns after deciding he did not want to leave for the NFL draft. He will give the Hokies leadership at cornerback after Brandon Flowers’ departure.
Offense is a different story. Things do look good though. Sophomore Tyrod Taylor looks to be redshirted this season leaving redshirt senior Sean Glennon with the full load. Glennon showed maturity last season having to deal with being pulled constantly for Taylor during games. There should be much less careless errors by Glennon, keeping the Hokies in more games.
The questions on offense come from the running back and wide receiver positions. With Branden Ore’s release from the team and almost all the Hokie WR starters going to the NFL gaping holes are left. Freshman RB Ryan Williams was looked on to step up, as was RBs Jahre Cheeseman and Kenny Lewis, Jr. However, Cheeseman and Lewis were lost to injury in the spring, giving way for Williams and redshirt freshmen, Josh Oglesby and Darren Evans. All three will probably be used throughout the season unless one truly stands out.
Tech’s presumed starting WR Zach Luckett was suspended this August following a DUI arrest. This leaves the door open for true freshman Xavier Boyce and Dyrell Roberts. It will be interesting to see how QB Glennon will deal with these young receivers. If they can get some sort of rhythm, there is no reason why Tech can’t regain the ACC title and be in another BCS Bowl game.