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C.J. Barksdale Leaving VT

As had been long rumored, C.J. Barksdale will not return to Virginia Tech for his senior season according to this ARTICLE.  This means only one player is left from the highly regarded Class of 2011, and that’s the lowest rate one — Joey van Zegeren.

CJB is the 5th Hokie to decide to leave the program since the end of the season.

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4 Responses to “C.J. Barksdale Leaving VT”

  1. King says:

    Once again, here’s hoping everyone stays healthy next season. VT will be young and thin, ideal qualities for a supermodel…not so much for a Bball team. Tempering my expectations for the upcoming season but still remaining very optimistic for the future. IBWT, In Buzz We Trust.

  2. Chris says:

    I hope I’m not being out of line, but with all of the transfers out we’ve seen since Buzz has taken over, I think it says something about the mental fortitude of the guys we had on the roster. Buzz is a demanding coach, and he’s going to do things his way. You’re either in or you’re out.

    I’m just they all had their reasons for leaving, but my gut tells me they didn’t have the toughness to play for a coach like Buzz. I wish them all the best, but I have no problem with Buzz cleaning house right now. Next season will likely be pretty rough (but not worse than this past season), but I think we’ll be good again sooner rather than later (as soon as the 15-16 season).

    • Niemo says:

      Chris – that seems to be feedback I’m getting — let’s just blow the whole thing up and start new, rather than try and just keep afloat with the ship we had. It could be painful (again) this season. The key will be whether or not we show progress as the season goes on. The last 2 years we didn’t. In 2012-13 we peaked in the first month, and last year we were bad from start to finish, winning just one game in 2014. Even if this year is a struggle, do we at least put some wins together at the end of the year? Do we survive past Wednesday of the ACC-T? The bar will be low on expectations, but high on our trips to get beverages to survive a rebuilding effort. We really need beer at Cassell this year.

  3. Pat Leonard says:

    I wonder if Buzz ran him off or if Barksdale was the one who wanted to leave? Strange that he would choose to sit out a year at this point when he only has one more year left to play.


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