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TSL Article on Underpaid Assistants

Very interesting ARTICLE BY CHRIS COLEMAN ON TSL about how Virginia Tech’s assistant coaches are underpaid compared to where they go, and other schools in the league.  It gives a different perspective on all the “It must be tough to work for Seth” banter.

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  • Chris_atl

    I remember when we went through the same issue with football and almost lost Beamer to UNC. Unfortunately, SG is not in as strong a negotiating position. If he threatens to leave they may let him. I assume that if he leaves instead of being fired that he would forfeit the buyout money. I would guess that assts. are less important in b-ball than they are in football. But, we should still pay them in line with other ACC schools.

  • 69HOKIE

    An enlightening article. I thought of the Beamer episode also.

    It seems to me that there are just too many ‘issues’ with the VT BB program. Nothing good is going happen until some of them (if not all) are addressed. I am convinced that we can have the program we all want, including an excited fan base. Being in the ACC, we shouldn’t have any problem drawing good crowds to the Cassell. But we have to be competitive.

    We can only hope.

  • HokieGuru

    Through the pay wall, you can also see Coleman’s article on how attrition and staff turnover have held VT back:

    http://www.techsideline.com/subscription/2012/04/03/attrition-staff-turnover-holds-tech-back/

    Coleman has been on a roll lately.

  • HipHop_Hokie

    James Johnson is now leaving for Clemson. Wow… this ship is sinking fast.

    • Chris_atl

      Is this a reflection on Seth (don’t like working for Seth) or because they are concerned Seth will be let go and they will be without a job when a new coach comes in?

      • Niemo

        We’ll never know. It comes from a bucket of 5 things in all likelihood as changing any job does – location, growth potential, $$$, like/don’t like your boss(es), fear of losing a job. The first 2 we can throw out this year because I’m not sure I’d rank Birmingham or clemson over B’burg, and they’ve been lateral moves. I’m sure the latter 3 all play into it but I’m not sure how much.

        • Less

          Sure adds weight to the Seth approaching SMU rumor and sounds like all are anticipating some shoe to drop that affects the department, staff, and/or team.

  • HokieGuru

    James Johnson is gone – John Richardson is the only guy standing – I’m betting he takes a job at ODU.

  • HokieGuru

    I have no knowledge on that – peer guess lol.

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