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.