Update: I’ve heard from several sources that say Trevor was on his phone during the meeting with Buzz and the team on Saturday and Coach simply told him to put it away, not making a scene. So more and more (and based on additional info from these sources), it sounds like TT had more than a foot out the door even before Buzz was named the coach and all this stuff from his dad was simply excuses to rationalize it.
This Roanoke Times article pretty well sums things up with inside info from Trevor’s dad. It says Buzz recruited Trevor in high school but called him “soft” (allegedly). It says Trevor’s cell phone went off in a meeting between the team and coaches yesterday and that Buzz called Trevor out and would give him a release if he wanted it, and it said Trevor was “50/50″ about staying before the meeting. After yesterday’s meeting, Trevor decided to move on.
Since we only have info from one side, and a third party at that, we only understand so much of this situation. But I read it as either a coach running off a player he wasn’t sold on so that he can bring in his type of guys, or a coach challenging a player and the player taking his ball and going home.
This is the difference between a head coach and an assistant coach in terms of handling things. A head coach gets the matter resolved quickly and in private. An assistant coach keeps benching the player and calling him out in postgame press conferences.
Obviously I wish Trevor was staying as he showed great promise, but I’d rather have the matter fixed and move on, instead of dragging out over an entire season and potentially impacting other players. So I’ll trust Buzz and his experience. And I trust that he’ll be bringing in enough talent that guys will constantly be challenged and pushed instead of having to kiss their butts just to have 6-7 healthy guys.
I certainly didn’t expect any attrition from the current team or recruits when we got a coach like Buzz, but this just shows that attrition is a part of the game now. You will lose a player more years than you don’t. This will make things more challenging next year, but I really look at next with minimal expectations while we start to implement a system and get things running. I’d like to hope we can hit 6-12 in the ACC next year, but it is really about getting things on track two-three years from now.