Thursday, April 21, 2011
Hokies shift staff duties, not philosophy
By ESPN.com staff
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said his decision to have quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain call the plays this year was "not a shift in offensive philosophy," rather it was more from an "operational standpoint."
Beamer said O'Cain is in the quarterback meetings with first-year starter Logan Thomas and has a better connection with him. Offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring was moved back to the Tidewater recruiting area with guards and centers coach Curt Newsome, and will need to be at high schools on some Friday nights instead of in the team hotel with the quarterbacks, where O'Cain will be.
“It’s pretty much the same thing," Beamer said of the offensive philosophy. "You’ve got a taller quarterback who’s not quite as nifty as Tyrod Taylor was, but he can run. Some of the things he does best, that’s what you emphasize in your offense.”