That's right. I'm back on board here at Gobbler Country and a lot has changed in the eight months since my last post.
The Virginia Tech football team was in midst of spring practices and preparing for a season in which many expected an ACC Champion and a top five 2013 NFL Draft pick at quarterback. As the Spring Game was cancelled and summer passed, fans were filled with anxiety at the excitement of seeing who would be the next big star in the backfield for the Hokies and how the defense would fare with all of the high expectations from both local and national media.
Instead, Tech fans saw a team which faced its toughest season in almost 20 years, barely crawled into a bowl game, and then had one of the ugliest postseason performances in college football postseason history. This left a bad taste in the mouths of not only the players but the coaching staff as it is expected to be announced in the coming days that a new offensive coaching staff will be brought in to revitalize the program.
The basketball team, meanwhile, dismissed longtime coach Seth Greenberg and hired one of his former assistants James Johnson to replace him. This move led to the transfers of highly touted freshman Dorian Finney-Smith along with 2012 commit Montrezl Harrell.
Johnson, however, got off to a great start to his coaching career with the team starting off 7-0, including a win over No. 15 Oklahoma State. The team has since struggled and fell to 10-6 (1-2) but still feature the strong play of senior guard Erick Green who leads the country in scoring with 24.8 points per game.
While you certainly didn't need a recap of what has happened recently in Tech football and basketball, it is just a display of how much has changed since the last time I was an editor at the site.
Now that I am back, I plan to bring my all to the site. I am currently a student at Virginia Tech and majoring in communication with a focus on electronic and print journalism. I have experience with The Collegiate Times, WUVT, The Clubhouse with Kyle Bailey, and several other media outlets.
With Gobbler Country, we want to become a top spot for fans to come and discuss and read about Virginia Tech athletics. Our coverage of the school will be top notch and will extend all the way through spring sports and into summer workouts.
If you ever have any questions, comments, suggestions etc., please reach out to me as I am always willing to listen.
I look forward to working with the rest of the staff here and building up the site to a level it has never reached before.