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Per Clemson reporter. After all the rumors, I think this is great,
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Will that help us keep our recruiting class together?
This makes too much sense. It can't be. I think Hokiestone should be in line for the AD job. He had this figured out months ago.
Let's just hope this report is correct. I think this has to be the most popular choice for so many reasons:
1. Money. Bringing in a high dollar guy would be a gamble - not the least of which would be the possibility of upsetting some of our football coaches, who have earned it.
2. Motivation - How much does JJ want this compared to other candidates?
3. The players, future and present - no guess work on that. They all love him.
4. Fanbase. It is a whole lot easier rooting for a guy that this than some high priced hired gun.
This post was edited by coach mcguirk 2 years ago
Agree with everything you say, Coach (usually do...). Anyway, hope this true so we can get back to finishing out the recruiting in BBall and get the players excited for next year!
This post was edited by HokieJack 2 years ago
Jesus we need out of this conference. This is what being an ACC baskeball school allows you to leverage? Awful football conference and a basketball conference that features 2 real teams and 10 high school teams. This hire reiforces that. Awful.
Hopefully this is true and not just a rumor. i like the hire of JJ, but my question is what kind of staff can he bring in? Just wondering if any guru's have any insight on this.
This would be great. I feel we could all get behind James Johnson and support him to the fullest. The guy was going to be a Head Coach sooner rather than later. And if he catches fire, it's best he does it at VT since he's local and ingrained in the Blacksburg community. He's probably our best shot at keeping a young coach that has great success.
Hope this is true.
Welcome to the Terror Dome, baby! Welcome to the Terror Dome!
A high price guy with a proven record is not a gamble. I am a fan of JJ and him coming back would be great but lets not kid ourselves. If he is the next HC it is because the current AD made a rash decision and did not have a game plan. Bringing JJ back as an HC is an easy call, we will have to see how it pans out to see if we backed into the right decision.
I disagree. I feel like James Johnson was the best assistant coach we could hire, given our circumstances. Time will tell.
Also, just because VT is willing to pay a high profile coach large $$ does not mean they can get the guy to come to VT. You're kidding yourself if you think VT can just go show some cash to a "high price guy with a proven record" and be able to woo him to VT. In VT's case, it would probably take $3M to do that, and paying that price is a fiscal atrocity.
I don't like this hire.
I'm sure JJ is a real sweetheart and a great recruiter, but if we're going to hire an assistant, i'd rather hire someone that worked under a good coach who knows what its like to run a college program and succeed. Assistants are gambles, but i'd feel more comfortable with an assistant from an established power.
I think bringing in a high priced guy is a big gamble. Are we talking about a 2 million a year guy? How do you think that would go over in the football department?
How do you think it goes over when the guy struggles to get to .500 in the ACC? Or gets hit with recruiting violations?
Sure, those things could happen with any coach. ANY hire is a gamble. But when you put down a big dollar salary, your gamble necessarily is higher.
With JJ, that salary makes the risk lower all the way around. There are no ruffled feathers around town, the players LOVE him - want to PLAY for him, he has recruiting ties here already, and he is motivated to succeed. He may even keep Harrell on board, which is a major coup that has to included in the equation.
Being in the ACC did not hurt our chances with coaches IMO. The fact that we were not looking to spend top dollars, the lateness of Seth's firing, and our lack of history hurt us in our search. With that said, I think Johnson was the guy we wanted from the start. I think they were planning on hiring next season to take over for Seth, but once he left for Clemson, VT had to undergo a search just to prove that Johnson was the guy they wanted, instead of it looking like an undermining from a disgruntled employee (which is may have looked like if he was hired immediately).
It's a stop gap hire. I don't think Weaver wanted to make a long term decision with this hire since he will retire shortly. Seth clearly wasn't going to the be the long term solution and instead of making a decision for a new coach that the new AD might not like, the new AD can easily make a change without any financial burdens in place. If Johnson is successful, then the new AD can keep him.
If true, I'll be rooting hard for JJ. Not the most exciting hire, but hopefully we'll look back on it months and years from now and realize it was the best hire. I'll be excited and interested to see what kind of a staff he can assemble.
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