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Chris Colston tweeted the following yesterday:
Reports of coach Hite and Cav's impending retirement not true. Happy to say they are still doing great things for #VirginiaTech.
Also Mike Barber tweeted this 4 days ago:
Mike Barber @RTD_MikeBarber
Virginia Tech's Jim Cavanaugh says he has no plans to retire from the football program this summer, as some had reported.
I've seen on this message board that they are retiring in June. Which is it?
Definitely a bizarre situation... The info from our gurus is rarely wrong, so I'm guessing the truth lies somewhere in between.
Most likely gurus are still correct. I'd imagine they're just trying to prevent a lame duck situation, especially with Cav who deals with groups external to VT. He'd lose some credibility with setting up visits / events etc if everyone knew he was on his way out the door. Definitely not Frank's style to have 'lame ducks' (at least publicly) on the staff, as we've seen with the latest round of coaching changes.
I just got the VT athletic fund mailer yesterday saying Cav is going to be doing the recruit night again so he will be around for a while, anyway. The one in NOVA is scheduled for February 13 at the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse at 7:00.
Personally I'd like to see Cav retain his position because I think he's an asset there.
So would I..:)
Cav can stay.. Hite can sit in the stands with the rest of us imo..
I also think that Hite has been scapegoated a bit on the boards, especially this year; and it just snowballs. He is retiring and we should show him the respect that a 30+ year career Hokie deserves. He did a good job for a long time.
Me too. I think he has value that is worth keeping
I agree, but it just goes to show that at some point one has to know when to step down and allow others to give a fresh perspective.
They'll be "retiring" from Virginia Tech. It has nothing to do with what they may or may not do after that. Cav has come out and said he doesn't intend to retire, which means he'll go find a job somewhere else. Pretty straightforward guys.
Count42... problem is that Hite came out and said that he hadnt been recruiting in years because he got disgusted with the process. He was and is drawing a huge salary and to hear that he was only doing half his job... well that left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. He effectively gave up on that part of his job which is incredibly important to the future and the results showed in the quality of the recruiting classes we had in 2009 - 2011. Thats not all on him, but when you look at the fact that O'Cain was the same way, we see the results.
And... given how he managed to completely "F" up the use of Ryan Williams and the running backs for the last couple of years it hard for a lot of people to remember the good things he did. Add to all this, when this past year it was reported that he was helping Frank on the sidelines that was the final straw for many. Unfortunately he stayed too long and wore out his welcome for many of us.
I wish him all the best, but its time for him to move on. If he wants to be up in the box or if Frank wants him to hang around his office, then that Frank's decision. He has become a point of disdain standing on the sidelines and that is not a feeling or sentiment that is going away.
I don't disagree with you on your points. The burn out on recruiting and redshirting Ryan Williams (although that was only apparent in hindsight) are both fact and hurt VT to some degree. Also agree that it was his time to step back and do something else. I was more referring to how much grief he got by being on the sidelines this year and how everyone started pointing a finger at him for a lot of our problems. He had a headset, but no mike. I do not think his influence there was very much. That is the "scapegoat" reference for me.
If NCAA rules allow other school officials to recruit from VT, why not keep Cav on the payroll?
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