What is Wrong at VT?How many college football coaches wouldn't want a great running back who graduates this year from high school, Galax High School to be exact? He set a new Virginia High School League (VHSL) record for most rushing yards in one game (502) this year and proved himself to be a premier running back in the State of Virginia and beyond by having several games with 100 yards rushing in 2013 but this wasn't good enough for Frank Beamer at our exclusive under-performing university, good old Virginia Tech.
Oh yes, he's for real alright and his feats are only exceeded by his screw-up's. Maybe not in number but most certainly in the capacity for his deeds to have severe lifetime consequences. So many of us have asked, "how can this young adult male possess such bad judgment that he commits acts that will most likely get him blacklisted by the NFL". Being kicked off a college team by a coach that doesn't have a reputation of kicking players off the team is enough to send a message to NFL teams that little Cody is big trouble in a small package.
Recently I visited an elderly couple who’ve been married for over 60 years and lived life with meaning and wholesomeness. They have brought wonderful children into this world and successfully instilled their spiritual beliefs and practices into the fabric of their children. They are dedicated to their small church and community of close-knit neighbors, most of whom have known each other all of their lives, just as did their parents and grandparents before them.
After watching Coach Beamer respond to questions about VT’s recent losses, I’m amazed at his point of view on that subject. Just as Coach Beamer, I also believe in a positive attitude but when repetitive mistakes become the primary reason for losing a game, then it’s time to take a strong and firm position with those involved.
I’ve always known that Coach Beamer is a gentleman and a “gentle man”. He isn’t Bear Bryant or Bobby Knight, some good and some not so good with those two coaches, but they won games. They were disciplinarians and anything other than a win was unacceptable to them. Coach Beamer doesn’t display a strong position against losing, instead he makes excuses and rambles on about how well the team played in other areas. If that is the best he can do then so be it, but he won’t last much longer as the VT head coach, if he continues to lose games that should have been won.
Their current 2013 season record is 6-3 and in my opinion they will struggle to win any of the three remaining games, not that they can’t win them but unless something is done to correct the problems that have caused their three losses to date, they will finish the 2013 season with a 6-6 record.
Logan Thomas is an example of raw talent that has yet to be developed to his maximum ability. A good example was shown in a photograph of him getting ready to throw a pass in the game with Boston College. He was holding the ball parallel to the line of scrimmage in lieu of perpendicular to his target. How many professional QB’s throw from that position?
Concentration seems to always be a problem with VT players. How difficult is it to keep your mind focused on the task at hand? Maybe the players need professional help in the area of proper brain utilization and this isn’t intended as a disparaging criticism, but a serious suggestion for VT consideration.
The defense has been playing exceptionally well. There have been a few instances where the defense isn’t as good when the offense is playing well, but all of us know how rare are those occasions. The field goal kicker, Cody Journell, is comparable to predicting the weather. He played for Giles High School and was more consistent during that time than he has been at VT. This might be an example of where the patient side of Coach Beamer has worked, or maybe I should say it is a work in progress. I was very pleased when Coach Beamer gave him a shot at the 56 yard field goal and Cody made it. He is capable of 56 plus, if he wants to be.In summary, this season has been less successful than what should have been the case. I don’t have all of the answers, nor do the VT coaches for that matter. But when we watch their games and see confusion from the sidelines about a play call, or a player substitution, immediately after a prolonged period of time while the game officials determine whether the prior play was a completed pass, or not, it becomes obvious that the coaches were responsible for the QB having to call a timeout that later in the game would be needed to stop the clock. That is not good coaching.
A good friend of mine owns a construction company (Allen R. Neely Construction Company) that has performed millions of dollars of work at Virginia Tech for approximately 20 years. His company was awarded recognition for exceptional work during that period from both Virginia Tech and National and International awards. He enjoyed a good working relationship with Virginia Tech. In recent years he encountered a design problem on a job that cost him tens of thousands of dollars to perform the originally contracted work, as well as additional work beyond the original contract scope due to the design problem that he warned the University of before the work began.