Virginia Tech’s hiring of Justin Hamilton as the Hokies’ new safeties coach won’t wow anyone, and that’s perfectly alright.
Word began to spread over the weekend that Tyrone Nix, who was hired to replace Galen Scott as Virginia Tech’s safeties coach prior to the 2018 season, was leaving to return to Mississippi and Ole Miss. That move became official on Monday, when Tech announced that Nix was leaving and that Hamilton was being promoted to take his place.
It’s been a turbulent offseason for Virginia Tech, but head coach Justin Fuente just finished one hell of a week that seems to have the Hokies pointed in the right direction.
Just weeks after losing several players to the transfer market, Virginia Tech wrapped up their 2019 recruiting class with three key signees. Each of the players are important in their own way, and each player helps dispel some of the negative narratives surrounding the program.
The transfer portal giveth, and the transfer portal taketh away.
On the same day that it became public that running back Deshawn McClease had withdrawn his name from the transfer portal and will return to Virginia Tech for 2019, it also became public that rising redshirt sophomore Hendon Hooker had entered the portal and plans to transfer from Virginia Tech.
For more than 30 years, Virginia Tech has been the model of consistency. Blacksburg has been the bastion of tranquility and order. The Hokies football program has been as stable as they come in an industry that becomes less stable by the year.
But the last several months have been anything but consistent or tranquil at Virginia Tech. In fact, it’s hard to find a time in recent memory that has induced more panic, suspicion or worry than the timeframe that we are in.
Welcome back Hokies. Virginia Tech is making their final recruiting push on a couple of prospects over the next several days, with National Signing Day on the immediate horizon. By Feb. 6, we’ll know exactly how Virginia Tech is going to finish the 2019 class.
There’s plenty of other items to talk about, so let’s get to it.
It can be hard to hand out awards to a team that finished below .500 for the first time since 1992. Virginia Tech football waded through a tumultuous 2018 season and though the team struggled to win games, there are individual performances that are worth recognizing as the Hokies prepare to enter their winter conditioning period.
Let’s roll through some of this season’s superlatives and highlight some of those performances.
Mark Richt’s retirement at Miami just before New Year’s Eve shook up the coaching landscape for just several hours. The Hurricanes wasted no time in finding Richt’s replacement, wooing Manny Diaz away from his new Temple position.
In one day, the Miami football program changed and stayed the same. Things are different in Coral Gables now, but many issues remain that could doom the program.