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Welsh/Beamer vs. Groh/Fuente

Someone may have made a similar post in the pass, but I was just thinking about this over breakfast and I think there's definitely a comparison to be made.

- HOF coach that resurrected program and took it to new heights after a slow initial start
- Won multiple conference championships and had winning records against major rivals
- Got programs closest to their first ever national championship (UVA in 90, VT in 99)
- Built winning tradition by tapping into in-state recruiting talent

- Seemed like an excellent hire at the time
- Had strong initial success with previous coach's recruits
- After a few seasons, recruiting starts to taper off and losses to inferior teams occur
- Fan bases begin to grow apathetic and eventually the team bottoms out

I don't know what will happen next. Maybe we'll blow them out in Blacksburg to close the season like they did to us in C'ville in 2009. Maybe they've still got a few more years with Fuente and he'll get a Covid Mea Culpa (though with the state of VT's recruiting right now, I don't know it he'll get back to that year one success). My hope is that the buyout and Covid inspire them to give him more time, the wheels completely fall off, and the Hokie Mike London rolls into town. One can dream, right?

Posted: 11/22/2020 at 09:19AM


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Current Thread:
Welsh/Beamer vs. Groh/Fuente -- AmericanHero247 11/22/2020 09:19AM
  Couple of things -- Oregon Hoo 11/22/2020 12:12PM
  2018 and 2020 hokies are very similar IMO -- hooman#1 11/22/2020 4:23PM
  I'm still angry about that game -- AmericanHero247 11/22/2020 4:34PM
  Always tough to follow a legend ** -- Brother Griswold 11/22/2020 11:26AM
  Nepotism undid Groh -- 4thYear5th 11/22/2020 11:31AM
  I think fuente -- rives 11/22/2020 11:02AM
  Great points -- rives 11/22/2020 12:46PM
  Absolutely. He is Larry Fedora part 2 ** -- HooWorldOrder 11/22/2020 11:21AM
  The Cop = Shame Beamer -- Warrior Wahoo Wolverine 11/22/2020 10:49AM
  Lol no. ** -- HTrain90 11/22/2020 10:51AM
  Easy in theory, but as we all know, very difficult to execute ** -- HowBoutThoseHoos 11/22/2020 12:47PM
  .....attrition ** -- GoochlandHoo 11/22/2020 11:23AM
  If Sewell had played his junior year, Groh's still coaching here -- Williamsburg Wahoo 11/22/2020 10:22AM
  Hope they keep him as long as possible -- hooman#1 11/22/2020 10:14AM
  More likely that VT-Clem gets cancelled. -- HTrain90 11/22/2020 10:55AM
  Clemson must play or miss ACCCG -- Fred F. 11/22/2020 1:04PM
  Clemson/VT is 2 weeks away. It will likely be played -- HooWorldOrder 11/22/2020 11:23AM
  By the way, I wouldn’t necessarily fault VT. -- HTrain90 11/22/2020 11:08AM
  Can Tech afford to fire JFu at this point? ** -- RyDogg 11/22/2020 09:27AM

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