A season filled with disappointment and frustration and fans calling for changes is a situation Virginia Tech has not seen itself in for quite some time.
After a 30-12 loss on national television last Thursday night to Miami, the Hokies sit at just 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the Coastal Division. The team’s eight year run of 10-win seasons is essentially over and it's barely grasping at the hope of even being bowl eligible.
“I’ve always said there’s a thin line between being OK and not OK,” said coach Frank Beamer. “I think sometimes you just assume you should win 10 games and that should happen. But it doesn’t just happen.”
“You get in there with some inexperienced players at times, but this late in the season, there’s certainly no excuse either.”
Now, a Tech team many expected to be in an ACC Championship and fighting for an Orange Bowl berth is looking at having to win two of the final three games just in order to go to a bowl this season.
“We haven’t not made it to a bowl game in forever here at Tech, so we need to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said cornerback Antone Exum. “Nobody wants to go out losing. Nobody wants to lay down for anybody. We’re not going to lay down for anybody. If we lose, we’re going to give it our best shot and play our hearts out. Or I know I am.”
Linebacker Jack Tyler agrees with his teammate, saying the team is simply not used to having this feeling at this time of year.
“We’re so used to winning here,” Tyler said. “It’s kind of a weird feeling."
We’ve been so good for so long. We have the coaches to get us back there and the players. We have the talent. We just have to execute and get it right on the field.”
To see the last time Tech wasn’t active during the bowl season, you would have to go all the way back to 1982 when Frank Beamer was in just his sixth season as head coach. The Hokies were a member of the Big East conference and went 2-8-1 on the year.
Since then, Beamer and company have been to 19 straight bowl appearances.