Only One Person Can Stop Jon Tenuta From Succeeding at Virginia Tech

Let’s start today’s column with a life lesson — two things can be, and often are, true at once.

This can be applied to all life situations — your family, your friends, politics and yes, sports. So let’s apply this principle to Virginia Tech’s hiring of Jon Tenuta as a defensive analyst.

Tenuta’s hire is a no-brainer. And it still doesn’t absolve Justin Fuente of his flaws that make Tenuta’s hire necessary in the first place.

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An Incredibly Weak Solution to a Significant Problem

As more and more players transfer from their original school each season, Justin Fuente has repeatedly used the transfer portal to bolster his quarterback room.

Fuente added JUCO stud Jerod Evans for the 2016 season, acquired AJ Bush for the following year and prior to 2018, Fuente signed Oregon transfer Braxton Burmiester.

After two more departures, Fuente dipped into the portal again on Tuesday and brought in Texas A&M transfer Connor Blumrick. While Blumrick’s may not be a bad thing, it barely addresses the elephant in the room — the Hokies’ quarterback situation is unsettling. Continue reading “An Incredibly Weak Solution to a Significant Problem”

Virginia Tech Fans Left Needing Something to Believe

One of my favorite songs is “Believe” by The Bravery. The chorus goes like this…

So give me something to believe
‘Cause I am living just to breathe
And I need something more
To keep on breathing for
So give me something to believe

It’s a great song. I never knew it would relate to Virginia Tech athletics. Continue reading “Virginia Tech Fans Left Needing Something to Believe”

Fuente Ushers in Return to Normalcy With 33-15 Win Over Virginia

Justin Fuente delivered quite the early Christmas present on Saturday night, ensuring a joyous holiday season for all Hokies.

Fuente, his staff and most importantly, his players, engineered a 33-15 win over Virginia that eased the minds of Hokies across the country, even if for only a little while. Saturday night’s win was a thoughtful and meaningful present, even if it possibly ends up being Fuente’s last to the fan base. Continue reading “Fuente Ushers in Return to Normalcy With 33-15 Win Over Virginia”

How Justin Fuente Keeps His Job at Virginia Tech

Calm down. I know that headline might have got your heart racing.

Justin Fuente is wrapping up his fifth season at the helm of Virginia Tech football. It obviously hasn’t gone well — the Hokies just clinched their second losing record over the last three seasons.

There’s a running gun battle over which has deteriorated faster — the on-field product or Fuente’s relations with the fanbase and donors. Neither relationship is on the mend and the two sides basically aren’t talking. Continue reading “How Justin Fuente Keeps His Job at Virginia Tech”

Tech Takeaways: Hokies Flounder in Upset Bid of Clemson

The only thing more frustrating than wrapping that oddly-shaped gift for Christmas might just be Virginia Tech football.

Virginia Tech entered the warmth of their locker room at halftime on Saturday night within one score of the No. 3 Clemson Tigers. Down just seven points, the Hokies had life.

It didn’t last, as Clemson asserted their dominance to win a 45-10 laugher that became quite embarrassing in the later stages of the game. Virginia Tech had their chances and they squandered almost all of them. Continue reading “Tech Takeaways: Hokies Flounder in Upset Bid of Clemson”

Clemson’s Path to National Dominance, and How Virginia Tech Can Attempt to Follow

The scheduling changes of 2020 are once again giving Virginia Tech visions of what could be.

The Hokies are hosting Clemson this Saturday, the second time the Tigers have traveled to Blacksburg in Justin Fuente‘s tenure as head coach. In 2017, Dabo Swinney and his Clemson Tigers showed Fuente just how far he had to go in order to get Virginia Tech on a nationally relevant level, winning 31-17 in a game that wasn’t that close.

This time around, Fuente is even further from that level. And even though Clemson is likely to exorcise Virginia Tech into the shadow realm on ESPN in primetime, it could serve as a blueprint for how Virginia Tech can restore their brand.

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The Unraveling of the ‘QB Whisperer’ Narrative

Since Tyrod Taylor‘s departure in 2010, Virginia Tech has struggled to find dynamic quarterback play. Whether it be Michael BrewerBrenden Motley or Mark Leal, the Hokies’ quarterbacks in Frank Beamer’s final few seasons fell far short of the standard Taylor set in his curtain call.

Justin Fuente was hired to fix that and to an extent, he did. The level of quarterback play in Blacksburg has come a long way from the dog days of 2014 and 2015, but the narrative surrounding Fuente as a “quarterback whisperer” holds less and less merit the longer he coaches. Continue reading “The Unraveling of the ‘QB Whisperer’ Narrative”

Virginia Tech’s Honey-Do List for the Bye Week

When your spouse leaves you a to-do list, you best get it done.

So humor me for a bit, as I play the role of loving spouse to Virginia Tech football. The Hokies are mired in a four-game losing streak and close to securing their second losing record in three seasons. There’s plenty to do, even if it’s almost December.

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Whit Babcock Has No Easy Solution to Stop Virginia Tech’s Football Freefall

I really like Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, particularly where in The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent famously says, “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente knows this all too well.

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