What do you think of when you hear Virginia Tech football? Great defense, great special teams, poor offense. I think about one thing. Virginia Tech has never won a national championship. Until I read Heather Dinich's blog on ESPN.com last night, my reason had never been confirmed. Now it has.
Dinich spoke with Jim Weaver, the athletic director at Virginia Tech, and in his long rant about "Beamerball," he basically said mediocrity is okay for Virginia Tech football. Well, that sounds like something a failure would say to me.
He was going on and on about how Virginia Tech has always won with great defense and special teams and hasn't ever really needed an offense to compete. That would be an acceptable answer if we had a national championship trophy, but we don't.
The only time we've played for a national title was when we had one of the most explosive offensive players in college football at the time: Michael Vick.
The cliche is, offense wins games, defense wins championships. At Virginia Tech, defense wins games and a lack of offense prevents the Hokies from playing for a national title.
Whenever, Virginia Tech is projected to compete for a national title, they typically hang around for a while. They often climb the ranks to the third ranked team in the country, and then lose. Seems to be the trend.
In those seasons, our offense is much better than the 107th ranked offense in the nation. Still, it's nothing to brag about. For a school whose most famous alum played on the offensive side of the ball, I would expect to see good offense.
The problem is Weaver and Co. are okay with not winning national championships. This is why Virginia Tech has never kissed the crystal ball.
Do you think Texas was playing for the Fiesta Bowl this year? I don't think so, but a bad rule in the Big 12 prevented them from playing for the conference championship, thus preventing them from playing in the national title.
Teams like Kansas and Cincinnati play for BCS games other than the national title. Up until now, I never put Virginia Tech in that class. Now, I think they have to go there.
Nothing against Kansas and Cincinnati, but they shouldn't be in the same class as Virginia Tech when it comes to football. However, with all of the success Virginia Tech has had, they haven't won the greatest game of all in the sport.
If the Hokies were going out every Saturday, dominating opponents like Furman and Western Kentucky, and beating teams that they're better than, like Miami and East Carolina, then maybe more than just getting by would be expected. But it's the same story every year, especially since the 2005 season.
It bothers me to hear the Athletic director of my school to come out and say "Beamerball" has never needed offense to win games. It's one of the most ignorant things you can come out and say about a football program.
It also seems that Beamer won't be making any adjustments to his coaching staff after the season. So, if you're a Virginia Tech fan, expect much of the same. The offense will probably be ranked 101st next season, with a top 10 defense, and a few touchdowns scored on special teams.
The Hokies will win nine to 10 games, losing the tougher games on their schedule, due to the lack of offense, but they'll do enough to get by.
Then they'll travel down to Tampa Bay next season for the third straight year, more than likely win the ACC Championship and end up playing a team in the Orange Bowl that wants to be there more than they do, thus losing the Orange Bowl for the third straight year, let's say against Connecticut.
But hey, it's Virginia Tech. Mediocrity is expected.
I don't think Urban Meyer, Pete Carroll, Mack Brown, nor Bob Stoops work for anything other than the ultimate prize. Maybe that's what separates them from the rest of the coaches in America. No bowl matters. I'm sorry. If you get invited to a bowl, you'll be paid. It doesn't matter if you win or lose on the financial side of it. A national title is different. You're playing for everything that you've been practicing for since February.
Bowl games are important for some schools, which they should be. But Virginia Tech is expected to be in a bowl game every season, but they never expect themselves to be in the national title game, and that's the biggest problem.