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If VT makes changes? One's that while not being a sure fire fix how many are willing to add to their HOKIE donations? We keep hearing of some that will quit donating. It has come to my attention that we as a fanbase need to step up maybe some ourselves. Now I am not telling anyone what they need to do or not do. All I am saying is VT does not get great donations as other schools. Times Yes are tough. We all know that. Some on here probably are maxed out what they can do. Does VT fanbase have it in them to raise the bar.? Much like we are asking Frank to do. I am not one that knows how the money system works. All I know is we lag behind in donating money to VT athletics. We have alot that talk SEC but oh my how far would we be behind. Would you guys up the ante? Or just chat? This post is not a popular one I am sure. Still for some time I thought I would come back and post it. Play with BIGDOGS VT needs to act it. Right?
My other concern. I am tired of VT losing BigGames and well games they should win. It basically means we don't have enough powder to shoot the guns. Or in other terms not enough talent. I respect VT admin and ATH department but let's face it they are HAPPY GO LUCKY!. No blood in water for this bunch. Trickle down effect goes through whole ath. dept. See VT loss to GA Southern. My point is there is no excuse for VT to be a wannabe program. We play on national stage like deer in headlights. Need to be like BOISE. Something to prove. What does it take Money? Desire? or new thinking at the highest level at VT? For football the answer should be soon. Please VT take the next step!
I think that Beamer and Co. while getting to ten wins each year, have consistently fallen short of expectations in winning the big games and taking the next step. We've seen a plateau. That has led to a lot of fan apathy. Losses in our BCS games, losses to Boise, to JMU to Georgia, to Auburn, to USC, to Alabama, to LSU, to Michigan etc. etc.
Win these big games and it's a different story.
We need to get Frank to change. Period. Our offense doesn't win games for us. We can't go toe to toe with anyone.
Bring in a new offensive coordinator and a new, consistent and systematic offense and I think our donations will pick back up.
Fact is - we need to show up against Rutgers. If we don't, again, you can expect that it'll be another down year for donations.
Last point - Weaver and Beamer need to come out and have an honest press conference to discuss the future of this program. To discuss the vision, to discuss the steps that they're going to take to get us on the road to (X).
That vision is lacking and I'm not sure that either guy is in complete understanding of what they are wanting to do - aside from just going through the motions.
Is there a capital improvement plan - a strategic vision which has been made public - a sense of participation from Hokie Nation? Nope.
We need a mission and vision. THEN you'll see donations go up.
Here's an idea, the staff should make an effort to engage the fan base that they'be been largely ignoring for a decade
Win more meaningful games.
I was an O&M member in 2002 and a Bronze member in 2003 and had good seats and a good parking pass those years. I dropped out during reseating because I couldn't keep up with the level of giving and just bought tickets to individual games after that. I was also planning to get married and get a house and all that and the tickets just had to take a backseat.
Then I was able to get season tickets during the 2011 season, as there were extra tickets available that had not been purchased by Hokie Club members. My family got them, my wife's parents got them and my sister and her family got them. We got a couple of parking passes in the same lot to tailgate in and we had a blast. We thought about joining up this year during reseating but the money to do so just wasn't justifiable for us.
I've posted before about how much of a bummer it is to never win any of the big games we play in. I went back through the 8 year streak of 10 win seasons and got a list together of maybe 10 losses during the streak to opponents that were better teams than any of the 84 wins we collected during the same time span. When I got tickets back in 2002 and 2003, I spent the money because I knew we would win big games. We had been to the title game previously. We beat #2 Miami and #6 WVU those seasons I had tickets.
The fact that I have absolutely no confidence in VT's ability to win a big game precludes me from spending the money it costs to buy season tickets. Actually, it is probably better to say that I have total confidence that VT will lose its big games. I won't spend money until I know I won't go home dejected after big losses in games like Clemson in 2011. Hiring a guy or two won't change that a damn bit. I need to see the changes on field before my mindset will change. I don't care if we lose a big game. I do care that I have a realistic hope that we can win a big game.
Welcome to the Terror Dome, baby! Welcome to the Terror Dome!
If you're going to down vote me, at least man up and engage me in a debate as to why your opinion differs. I can respect that.
Good post Enter.
Your post is correct. Much of my thinking. Good luck with all that happening though. Remember when they ultimate goal is to beat UVa your program is not aiming for much. So many years all the higher up's get excited for one thing. BEAT UVA. Now what they didn't realize was the fact that the VT fanbase is smarter then they are creditied. Well I guess we have allowed this louse offense to linger. So maybe we do have warts ourselves. Frank? Your win over UVa a month ago. All it did was make you not see the total collapse. No something new I am afraid like Bubby Bowden this could get ugly.
Thanks guys for the replies.
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