Thursday, October 09, 2008


Some of you may have noticed that Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville removed Tony Franklin as offensive coordinator 6 games into the season. Auburn has the 104th rated offense despite having played Tennessee, #19 Vanderbilt and #6 LSU and is 4-2 on the season. The Hokies have the 108th rated offense, have played no other ranked teams and sport a 5-1 record. 

Of interest, Auburn's SCORING offense is also rated 104th, whereas Virginia Tech's is rated 73rd. As discussed ad nauseum in a previous post, this has been a fact over the past 5 years. The Hokie defense and special teams help elevate the scoring offense FAR BEYOND where the offense would get on its own. I think Coach Foster has inadvertenly saved Stinespring's job several times over the years, by putting points on the board, getting turnovers deep in the opponent's end and helping carry the team to its excellent record. 

Even if the scoring offense was as bad as the total offense, would Coach Beamer be able to make the tough decision that Coach Tuberville did? Well, he doesn't have to. While TSF would obviously be ecstatic if Stinespring was replaced in the next 3 minutes, I think Hokie Nation would be fine if Coach Beamer just made the move at the end of this season. By any reasonable analysis, when looking at the offense by itself (instead of throwing in scoring offense and wins/losses which are functions of the entire team) a change in leadership is needed there. Just look at what happened when similar numbers were posted at Auburn.


Brent Hobbs said...

I thought the exact same thing when I read about the Auburn situation on

MadJay said...

Great minds think alike Brent