BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Hope rang throughout Virginia Tech’s campus on Tuesday as the university named Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry as the new head football coach for the Hokies.
Many football fans in Blacksburg say they hope this becomes a turning point for the Hokies.
“I hope that we start to win more games. I am a little disappointed this season that we were losing the big games, but hopefully, the new coach will give us more hope,” said Miles Reid, a supporter of Virginia Tech football.
Meanwhile, others say that with a new coach in town, the Hokies will soon have a winning record that will provide a sense of pride for the school.
As soon as word began to spread on Tuesday, Nov. 30 that Virginia Tech hired a new head football coach, some sports enthusiasts immediately checked Pry’s stats and record.
“He has been moving up in every position that he has had, which is good to see that he isn’t moving up and then like back down or anything,” said Ethan Montemuro, another fan of Hokie football. “So, he has been moving up in every position that he has gotten, so that is good to hear.”
According to Montemuro, he likes that Pry is not unfamiliar with Lane Stadium — after all, he served as a graduate assistant under former head coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster from 1995 to 1998.
On top of that Montemuro believes Pry’s time as a defensive coordinator at Penn State proves his worth to become a Hokie once again.
For a fan like Alex Natt, he says he still cannot believe this is how the season ended after the Hokies started out strong for the season’s opening game in Lane Stadium with a 17-10 victory over North Carolina, which was ranked No. 10 at the time.
“Fuente he was cool, but it was becoming obvious that he just couldn’t deliver,” said Natt. “He couldn’t really fill the shoes of the coach that came before him. I think he tried, but he wasn’t the right fit, to be honest.”
The Hokies are 6-6 after their win over the University of Virginia in the Commonwealth Clash on Saturday, Nov. 27 and are bowl eligible. As a result, the first opportunity to possibly see Pry coach is the upcoming bowl game, which has not been decided on yet.
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