Virginia Tech’s 4-5 start has been a major disappointment for fans this season and understandably those same fans are calling for accountability from the coaches. In some cases, fans are looking for coaches to be replaced. Now, let’s put all of the facts on the table, blame must be spread around the entire Hokies program from Frank Beamer on down for this season. The defense and special teams have had their issues, but, as per usual, the offense receives the brunt of it.
The Hokies entire season has been wildly inconsistent, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line can’t run block, the running backs can’t consistently gain positive yards, quarterback Logan Thomas can’t hit wide open receivers consistently and his receivers are dropping the passes that he does throw accurately. Virginia Tech’s coaching staff has tried to adapt the offense to the 21st century by adopting the pistol formation, but up until this point of the season it has been a bust.
Fans have been calling for offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring to be fired for years…and years, and after this season it might just be the time for Beamer to listen. Stinespring however, isn’t the only offensive coach that needs to be held accountable. Play caller and quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain has also had a poor year. Nothing seems to be going right for the duo in the booth, and at the end of the year the time will be right to consider other options. There is one option that would immediately bolster the offense and improve the team, and his name is Tony Franklin.
Franklin is the coach responsible for the second best scoring offense in the nation with the 20th ranked Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. He has a history of success as a coordinator. Before making the Bulldogs offense one of the best in the country, he turned around the offense at Middle Tennessee, and before that he enjoyed success at Auburn. He was fired by Auburn in 2008, but he showed that his offense could succeed at a major college program before his dismissal.
Now the question is why would Franklin leave LA Tech for VA Tech? There are plenty of reasons. Any coach worth his salt wants to coach at a major college program and the Hokies could offer him that opportunity. Franklin is a Murray State alum, Frank Beamer used to be the head coach for the racers, and he was teammates with VT defensive coordinator Bud Foster. So take your pick as to which reason Franklin would decide to find his way to Blacksburg.
This is all just speculation and it probably won’t happen because there isn’t a coach in the country that is more loyal to his coaches then Frank Beamer. But if Beamer finally decides to make a change then there are much worse options then Franklin, and who knows maybe he could take the Hokies back to the Promised Land.