Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Virginia Tech was also unique in how they handled the end of Beamer's career

Since Addazio used Virginia Tech as a model for patience earlier in the week. They were unique in how they gave Frank Beamer more time in the early 1990s than a Power 5 would typically give a coach today. But that was then, this is now. Virginia Tech also broke with college football conventional wisdom with how it handled the end of Beamer's career. Instead of letting their icon hang around too long like Florida State and Penn State did, they put heavy pressure on him to retire when things started slipping.


In Beamer's last four years he went 7-6, 8-5, 7-6, and 7-6. Leadership saw enough. Winningest coach in school history. So what? Six conference titles! What have you done for me lately? Beloved alumni who wanted to see his son or long-time assistant take over. Not gonna happen! Beamer was 68.

Now they still took care of him. He's still visible. Still celebrated and still paid. But that's it. The performance of the football team was too valuable to let it slip into mediocrity.

Addazio's best seasons at BC don't even exceed Beamer's waning days in Blacksburg. Tuesday I told him to stop talking. Now I am suggesting he proceeds more carefully in his examples. Virginia Tech's current leadership wouldn't put up with his results on the field.

6 comments:

Friar Tuck said...

Yep. ATL you finally got it (with some continued waffling) . Where have you been the last 3 years?

Yes Daz sucks in every facet of the game: recruitment, player developmen,t offensive strategy selection, offensive strategy implementation. Play calling and in-game coaching and post-gamr comment.

EL MIZ said...

VT was also giving a young coach a chance - Beamer went 42-23 in 6 years in D-AA, then went 24-40 in his first 6 years at VT. going into year 7 at VT Beamer was 47 years old and in 12 years of head coaching experience was 66-63.

Daz is currently 58 years old. Beamer was more than a decade younger with a better track record - Daz is 26-30 in 7 years, 18-31 against his conference opponents. Daz has won 9 games in a season 1x - Beamer at age 58 had done it 8x.

obviously silly to even belabor it this far - Daz is so clearly in over his head that refuting his absurd arguments is a waste of time.

Fire Daz

Georgia Eagle said...

Glad to see this blog is finally united in its demand Dazoshit be terminated. ATL is tepid but coming around.

knucklehead said...
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knucklehead said...

VT and Boston College are not comparable on this.

Boston College has a history of good football(prior to the lst 8-10 years. with some peaks and troughs). Virginia Tech was playing regional teams in the mid-atlantic until Beamer . . . successfully but they weren't playing Yale, HC, Auburn, Clemson, Alabama, Penn State the way we were.

Boston College didn't sell its soul out for football success. Bruce Smith can barely put two sentences together, Mike Vick and his fucking crazy brother. Plus, you never hear a word about academic or interpersonal problems with them. Everything is handled internally and not reported. No suspensions, no arrests, no gambling scandals no fights with townies? If the record were exposed you would wonder how Beamer lasted 35 years.

Boston College cannot put new windows into its libraries without getting it passed by the Newton Board of Selectmen. The offensive line coach spoke to a coach of the redskins on campus 5-10 years ago and the globe reported it. The guy had to quit(if I recall accurately).

ATL's mother could recruit and maintain a successful program at VT. There is no comparison.

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