Time to open the mailbag.
Geoff Hatley in Madison, Ala., writes: Hi Ms. Adelson, With the slow but steady decline of the Hokies over the last five years or so, and the miserable state of the offense and special teams, what are the chances that the new President and A.D. make a change in the head coaching position? If they don't, will Beamer at least make a change at offensive coordinator? (Since he seems to have found one of the few OC's in the nation who was actually worse than Bryan Stinespring). And will Frank Beamer finally hire a new special teams coach?
Andrea Adelson writes: It is hard for me to envision any change at head coach for 2014. But I do think changes in the Virginia Tech administration mean Beamer will face more pressure to get this program back into the ACC title game. Given the culture in college football today, past accomplishments only take you so far when success begins to wane. Look no further than Texas. Beamer himself said this to local reporters after Mack Brown resigned, "It just kind of reminds you that nothing’s certain about this business. But I’m very sensitive to staying around too long." As for Scot Loeffler, it would be a surprise if Beamer decides to change offensive coordinators for the second straight season. He needs some continuity there.
Jonathan in St. Petersburg, Fla., writes: Hi Andrea!! After comparing the All-ACC teams, there are a few minor differences, but one MAJOR difference. How is it possible that the media voted Kyle Fuller onto the third team while the coaches, ESPN, and the AP all voted him onto the First team and the Walter Camp Foundation named him a second team All-American!! What did everyone else see that the ACC media obviously missed? For me personally, this is a prime example of why I put very little stock into the media when it comes to something that they write about but have never actually participated in (i.e. football polls, All-ACC teams).
Adelson: I am not a voting member of the ACSMA group that selects the All-ACC media team so I cannot answer for them. We had Fuller on our ESPN.com All-ACC team because he was the second-best cornerback in the league at the time he got hurt. Perhaps his injury and the games he missed impacted his spot on the media team. But Heather and I took into account his performance on the No. 2 defense in the ACC when healthy. We were not alone there.
Ladominic Trabue in Louisville writes: Do you feel as though the Louisville Cardinals will have a successful year for the 2014-2015 season or a failed attempt at proving their point as a contender not just in basketball but as football as well??
Adelson: Since this is a football blog, I will talk about the football part of your question. I think Louisville has a ways to go before it can compete with Florida State and Clemson at the top of the Atlantic, especially if Teddy Bridgewater decides to leave school early for the NFL. But when you look at the rest of the Atlantic, there is no reason for Louisville to finish in the bottom third. The schedule gets much more difficult (Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami, Clemson) but I think Louisville will still have a good chance to make a bowl game.
Scott in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., writes: Do you see any team as a favorite in the Coastal next year?
Adelson writes: Tough to say at this point, but I think North Carolina might be my way too early favorite. Duke should still be strong. It will be interesting to see what happens with Miami and Virginia Tech with new quarterbacks. Georgia Tech loses some key senior contributors so I am not sure how strong its chances are in 2013.
Greg in Bristol, Tenn., writes: In light of Clemson's bad losses to Florida State and South Carolina, would a loss to Ohio State leave the average Clemson fan still feeling that they had a good year? They were expected to lead the ACC this year, after all. And another loss to a good team seems like they have not accomplished much but only against teams that they were supposed to beat.
Adelson: That is a great question for the average Clemson fan. Their view might be different from mine as an independent observer. From my perspective, a loss to Ohio State would make this season even more disappointing than it already has been for the Tigers. Yes, they have won 10 games but they were the preseason favorites to win the ACC and expected to compete for a national championship. Losing to Florida State and Clemson again -- the two absolute must-wins on the schedule -- has to leave some type of empty feeling. Beating Ohio State will help. Losing will only reinforce old perceptions about the program.
Jay Helms in Morrisville, N.C., writes: AA, I am here to revoke your right to write about Duke for the remainder of this season. How many times have you picked them in a lower bowl...and for how long did you not have them even going to a bowl? You had them not going to a bowl for a noticeable part of the season! Come on. A team you thought would, at best, be 5-7 won 10 games. That's not a little off. That's a huge miss. I had them going 8-4, maybe 9-3 (with losses to GT, Miami, and VT expected). A good writer would have seen this season coming. I did. And if you'll remember, I wrote you about it months ago. Go back and check. HD is allowed (barely) to write about Duke. But as a Duke engineering graduate, I hereby temporarily revoke our permission for you to write about our football team for the remainder of this season until you publicly admit you overlooked our team AND you just didn't do the work needed to know the truth about the state of the program. This is a probationary revocation. It can be reinstated for next season if you pay closer attention and see beyond the surface and into the program. We wish you the best in your efforts to regain our trust.
Adelson: I hope you skipped over my Q&A with Kelby Brown, then. I believe I have already said I was wrong, but if you are going to revoke my rights, you might as well revoke the rights of every other person who picked Duke to finish last in the preseason media poll. Old habits die hard, and we learned that the hard way.