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My 2 Cents

Eff’em.  Eff Dorian Finney-Smith and eff Montrezl Harrell.  That’s my stance.  Like associate AD Tom Gabbard said, if they don’t want to be here, I don’t want them.  I love Virginia Tech… a lot.  I realize it has some negatives, and some negative people, but it is a beautiful campus with an outstanding fan base, alumni, students, etc.  And full of people that would do anything to support them and make them better.  That’s apparently not good enough for them, or in one case, their mother (she’s a whole other story — a real piece of work if you ever sat near her at a game).  Just like I love my country and if someone wants out, good riddance.

Now, I won’t sit here and say, “He stinks anyway.”  “I don’t want him.”  “He’s trash.”  No, I’d have loved to have had Doe Doe and Harrell on the court for us next year.  Doe Doe took a big step forward as the year went along and showed flashes of brilliance in the clemson ACC Tournament game.  Harrell, by all accounts, was a combination between Cheick Diakite, Cadarian Raines, and the Tazmanian Devil.  He would have been a guy that got the crowd fired up with dunks and shot blocks, and scared the dickens out of other teams when they tried to go in the paint.

Do I wish them luck in their future?  To be honest, I don’t care.  They are now dead to me.  I actively rooted against gus ‘benedict arnold’ gilchrist and the entire south florida program, but this is different.  Gus and his handler, probably more so the latter, used the events of the shootings to leverage Gus’s rising stock to go to a ‘better program’.  That made me sick.  The same way bobby petrino makes me sick (I’m an Atlanta Falcons fan).  Now, I was legitimately concerned when petrino wrecked his motorcycle – I never wish an injury on anyone (I have at least a pinch of class).  But I must say the daily revealings of his misdoings were like a Christmas Day present.  Seeing him fail, after what he did to the Falcons, brought a rye smile to my face.

This is different though.  Doe Doe and Harrell haven’t done something I find truly wrong.  They just simply decided my school wasn’t for them.  While I respect their decision to leave, I don’t have to like it.  Don’t let the door hit you in the rear on your way out.

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Niemo is a member of the VT Class of '98. While not a professional journalist by any stretch, Niemo analyzes and breaks down every minute of Hokie hoop action. He also researches topics of interest such as Hokie recruits, program revenue, statistical data on the team, previews VT opponents, and discusses his favorite bourbons/Scotches. In addition to his passion for Hokie hoops, Niemo has attended 126 straight VT football home games (every game since '94), eclipsing the 100 mark in September of '09 and recently attended his 20th consecutive VT/uva game. During the final home basketball game of his senior year, he was brought onto the court and was awarded 2 passes to the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament in Philly during a timeout for being a "Super Fan" during his time at VT. The Hokie Bird made the award on behalf of Athletic Director Jim Weaver. Niemo was known to be in the front row of every home game with his familiar red afro hairdo.

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21 Responses to “My 2 Cents”

  1. Goodraisin says:

    Niemo, your thoughts on Petrino are like my thoughts on LeBron James (yes, I’m a Cleveland guy through and through). FYI, there’s a ton to that story that the average person doesn’t know, about the way James treated people in the Cavs organization, and about the collusion that took place during the 2008 Olympics. Brian Windhorst will write a tell-all book about it when the LeBron gravy train finally runs dry (he followed Lebron from Cleveland to Miami to make ESPN money… can’t blame him for that).

    But back to the post at hand… my feelings about Harrell and Doe-Doe are the same as yours. It’s a shame we don’t have them, they would have been useful, but they’re not here and we still have a good core group of players and a new coach who beams positivity. I’m going to be positive too.

  2. hokiegrad says:

    I feel sorry for DFS. I don’t blame him. Enough said there.

    I don’t know what to think with Harrell. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Losing him hurts more than DFS, frankly.

  3. HipHop_Hokie says:

    Eff em. Thank you for saying it. Didn’t want to be the only one.

    But EFF em.

  4. Max says:

    Yep, eff both of them. I think they both would’ve been huge for Tech, but we must move on. I think Doe-Doe’s excuse is stupid. I’ve heard he was unhappy after the UVA game. Really? You lost 1 game and you’re unhappy? You were going to start again this year and now you’re transferring, sitting out a year, and then probably going to be used for depth where ever you end up going. Also, I heard he was homesick but Old Dominion isn’t on his list of final 7 schools. Montrezl was going to be huge for us, there’s no doubting that. And we could have kept him by denying his release and then his appeal would have meant nothing since a coaching change is not grounds for an appeal. Yet, we released him to anyone which is stupid. This following statement maybe ignorant but, I personally think Harrell is after $$$ and the NBA. IF he ends up going to UK, then that shows what he’s really thinking about. Psh, forget about VT, I’m going to go to UK where I can win National Titles, get drafted, and make lots of money. I’m sorry if I offended anyone with this post but these are my personal feelings and 2 cents.

  5. Pete says:

    Yeah, I’m with Niemo. They wanted out, so see ya. Harrell can be just another body at Kentucky and Doe-Doe, well who knows what his future holds.

    Now, sorry to get off topic, but can you give us the DL on what’s up with the Chaney tweet that he’s been cleared? Will he actually end up playing for us? This would be huge shock and a very welcome surprise.

    • Niemo says:

      Chaney can be cleared by doctors but not by a school. I think he was cleared by some doctors in Philly last year but no school wanted to take the risk. I haven’t heard anything lately but this could be the case.

      • Les says:

        It was the same doctor that previously cleared him on the condition that he had an implanted defibrillator. It’s not new news. He’s still available for some school to evaluate him and possibly clear him to play.

    • Max says:

      This could be HUGE if Chaney could play, even if it’s just 5-10 minutes a game. He was a big time transfer and could spell Raines or Barksdale some minutes if Barksdale gets into foul trouble or if Raines starts raining sweat.

      • Goodraisin says:

        VT wasn’t going to clear Chaney to play even with the defibrilator, so the news may end up being good for whatever team gets Chaney, but it means nothing for our basketball team, unfortunately.

  6. I saw the Chaney tweet and sent you guys an e-mail about it, but looks like you guys are on the up-and-up too. Nice job. Here’s what I have on it:

    But it’s interesting that you bring up that he can’t be cleared by a school Niemo. From what I’ve seen it sounds like he has to be if he wants to play again, or at least to play for Tech. Do you mean that no school clear him or that it’s not a school’s job to clear him or what?

  7. 69HOKIE says:

    Well said Niemo. My feelings exactly! We want people at Tech that want to be at Tech!! Maybe the change wasn’t handled as well as it should have been, but I’m glad it’s done. Should have been done last year.

  8. Juan Cobos says:

    My opinion regarding Chaney is that he should’ve walked a few days ago.

    It’s tough to understand, as he was a high major player and everything he’s gone through, but that’s all.

    In the end, we couldn’t play college basketball either.

  9. LJ says:

    Agree that VT is an awesome place to get an education. Great people, great part of the country etc…As I sat again in Cassel Coliseum for graduation ceremonies two weeks ago I looked around at the few banners of former players and championships and realized VT just does not have a basketball tradition. So how do you elevate the program and leverage the great college experience, people and awesome atmosphere that few other Universities can offer? How does basketball compete against football at Ohio St, Florida, Stanford, Texas and others? Upgrades! I love VT, but until there is a 100 percent commitment in hiring an experienced top tier coach along with providing a first class arena it will not compete with conference rivals Duke, UNC, FSU, NC St, and yes UVA. Not saying it can’t be done but it takes a lot of work, planning and experience. If you have never done it before it is even more difficult. Weaver certainly hasn’t had to…and Johnson is more concerned about building his resume and getting his feet wet…he will take anything over the .500 winning percentage in his first 5 years..Hey what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…just wish we were not a test bed for first timers!

  10. Juan Cobos says:

    And what did you expect?There was no way we were hiring Shaka, Brad Stevens, Archie Miller or that guy from Roanoke at Wichita State.

    So it was this (and keeping at least Erick Green), or making a move towards someone out of the business (as of today).

    Maybe Ron Everheart would’ve been a good option but his resume is not impressive at all and comes from being fired at Duquesne. That’s why he has only managed to get an assistant position (at WVa).

  11. chuck says:

    Sure…eff em…but eff Weaver more for being lukewarm and not making a coaching change sooner….

    “….since you are lukewarm…neither hot nor cold, i spit you out…i reject you.”

    If Weaver had fired Greenberg sooner, we’d have had a better shot at retaining a recruit that KENTUCKY WANTS! How often is it that we are in the running for a national caliber recruit like that….try never.

    Especially not Doe Doe, who didn’t have the desire to be the alpha player we needed him to be. Too much Igoudala in him…and he was homesick anyway, so i don’t bemoan the loss….what you call improvement should have been a starting point with his gifts.

    So we move on, after having hamstrung ourselves….let’s hope our UNC-W transfer turns out to be a strong player and we can look bit slightly more fondly on this off-season’s activities. As of now, it’s been an unmitigated disaster.

    Forgive me if i’m in a bad mood, Braves are a MASH unit (stolen from Faux Frank Wren), and have lost 5 in a row…and can never seem to beat the Nats…

    Let’s hope football at least can join the SEC here soon and relieve that stress…i don’t want to be without a chair when that music stops.

  12. Ryan says:

    everybody quit crying and support… it is what it is… we put on the court the best team we can with the payers at VT… Everybody move on and live in the present!

    • chuck says:

      No time for PATTs here….honest, objective analysis…..key word being honest….

      Support what? A feeble AD (and i’m not referring to his physical condition even) who can’t effectuate a very important transition in timely fashion, leaving us completely unguarded in many regards?

      A one dimensional coach who apparently had a slight God complex (when i think of a mural of him at our practice facility looking down on the court, i am reminded of George Bluth and Buster in Arrested Development), couldn’t take constructive criticism, or adjust his teams playing style in the slightest to account for matchups, strengths, or weaknesses?

      Or a heartless player (for whatever reason) who doesn’t want to utilize his skills to be the best player he can be, who was clearly an overrated prospect to begin with? Yes, i mean Doe Doe….

      The only person in all of this i support is Harrell, who had the right to change his mind when the coaching situation changed….good luck to him….

      And of course, Mr Johnson, whose work is clearly cut out for him…

      No, there isn’t much to be positive about, and that’s a shame for all the kids who suit up for us in our wasted 2012-2013 campaign where we will play short-handed (AGAIN!)….

      PATT stands for Positive ALL THE TIME….and it’s just as tiresome as those of us who are NATT….even more so, because again Honesty is the key….and you aren’t being honest with yourself.

  13. Hank says:

    Harrell signed with Louisville today according to ESPN

    • HipHop_Hokie says:

      Cool… hope he enjoys the 7-8 bench minutes he’ll get every night.

      • chuck says:

        So he’s good enough for all of you to come to the ACC and be a key cog, but he’s only worthy of 7-8 bench minutes a night in Louisville? C’mon….

        Sour grapes make for good whine.

  14. Chris_atl says:

    Did I see correctly that DFS is transferring to Florida? I thought he wanted to transfer to be closer to home.


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