VT Beat: Hokies Introduce New Offensive Coaches

Hello and welcome back to the VT Beat. There has been lots of news surrounding the football program that has come out in the last week. Coaching changes, draft decisions, and schedule announcements have all been part of the discussion. We will cover all the headline news and more so lets dig in…

Men’s Basketball Weekly

The men’s basketball team has lost six out of their last ten games. Troubles were expected with the depleted roster and coaching changes made in the off season. The Hokies will be battling with adversity for the remainder of the season as they try to overcome lack of size and one of the shortest benches in country. Guard Erick Green continues to dazzle me and has been one of the most consistent scorers in the country. Thank goodness we have him, otherwise the win/loss record would be much worse.

NFL Hokies Tracker – Below is a list of current NFL players that played at Virginia Tech. I will update their stats each week so that we can all keep an eye on some of the former Hokie standouts. (Update)

Going into the Super Bowl, there will only be one former Hokie player on the sidelines. Former standout quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be the back up to Joe Flacco for the Ravens. Barring an unexpected injury or lopsided score, it is unlikely that Taylor will see the field. However, he has the opportunity to get a Super Bowl ring in just his second season.

Goodbye Stinespring: Hokies Introduce New Offensive Coaches

Hokie fans around the world are rejoicing as Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Athletic Department have made the official announcement of the hiring of three new offensive coaches.

The announcement officially confirmed the hiring former Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes to serve the same roles at Virginia Tech and adding former Stanford assistant Aaron Moorehead as the team’s new wide receivers coach. Although Stinespring is not completely gone, he is even more removed from gameplanning and playcalling than he was before. He will now concentrate on being tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. This was smart because as much as we all love to hate Stinespring, his recruiting abilities and ties to the talent-rich eastern Virginia area are priceless. We did part way with a few familiar faces, though. Among those who will not return are Mike O’Cain, offensive line coach Curt Newsome and receivers coach Kevin Sherman.

So what will the new changes bring? Well, it’s not like the players changed, so don’t expect a night vs. day result. Loeffler is a supposed quarterback guru who will continue to run the pro style offense. He will look to restore confidence in Logan Thomas through a balance running attack and hopefully a revamped offensive line. I don’t think the general public is in love with the new set of coaches. There were a lot of candidates that were a part of the rumor mill that sounded much more attractive. Blacksburg is a town where you have to earn your respect. And Beamer is known for balancing the budget so that all coordinators and assistant coaches are paid well. Bringing in a big name doesn’t match what Virginia Tech is about. We are always the nobodies that are overachieving and I’m fine with that. These guys will need three years to fully implement their system and have it running the way it should be. Will this school and its fan base have enough patience for that? Only time will tell.

Don’s Tidbits

  • New offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler ended the 2012 season against Alabama and will open the 2013 season against Alabama. Lets hope he has more success this time. Auburn only managed to compile 163 yards and seven first down in the entire game. And they didn’t score.
  • Arizona Hokies? Former Hokie and “VT Beat Feature” Bruce Arians has been named the new Head Coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Three former Hokies are on the active player roster right now (Ryan Williams, Blake DeChristopher, and Jeff King).
  • For a complete report on the announcement of the 2013 football schedule use the link below. The game dates will likely be announced in February.   http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20130111aaa.html
  • Logan Thomas has foregone the 2013 NFL draft. Cornerback Antone Exum and defensive end James Gayle also announced they would be returning as well
  • This is the first time in the last four years the Hokies haven’t had a player leave school early for the NFL draft.What to look for this week:
  1. Football Coaching Press Conference. On January 25th Frank Beamer and the three new coaches will sit down for an official press conference.
  2. VT Basketball. Hokie hoops are back in action on the 24th when they host rival UVA then on the road Jan 27th to play at Clemson. Both games will be on the ACC Network so check your local listings for the specific channel.
  3. NFL Pro Bowl! Yeah, it’s boring and meaningless and really shouldn’t be played. But congratulations to former Hokie Duane Brown for making the AFC team and representing Tech this weekend!


Until next week… Have fun. Be Safe. Go Hokies!

 

Don Deibler is a college football enthusiast and Virginia Tech alumnus who has had a passion for college sports since he was a young child. Outside of the ACC, he follows Notre Dame and South Carolina intently. He currently lives in Frederick, Maryland where he works in the mortgage banking industry and is in training for Air Traffic Control. You can reach him at [email protected].

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