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Justin Fuente to...Kansas? What?

By Mike McDaniel | March 25
Justin Fuente to...Kansas? What?
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Well, well, well...we have a new internet rumor surrounding Virginia Tech's head football coach.

A tweet circulated on the timeline on Wednesday morning, linking Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente to Kansas' open head coaching job.

Uh, what?

Let's start here. I have no idea who W. Keith Friedman is and whether or not he's credible. In fact, I don't believe he's credible at all, and I'm not alone in that sentiment.

The Key Play had a member of their online community pen a quick blog on this mysterious Friedman account back in December, questioning whether or not Friedman is who he says he is...you be the judge.

In the era of social media, news can be broken by anybody at any time. Because of this, I reached out to a source close to the team to verify the validity of the rumor.

"Less than zero validity," I was told.

So there you have it, Justin Fuente will not be departing for Kansas, which is probably a good thing for Fuente and for Virginia Tech. Regardless of whether or not you believe Justin Fuente is the right man for the job in Blacksburg, losing a coach to a bottom-feeding FBS school would be a new low for the Virginia Tech football program.

Plus, even if you're not a fan of Justin Fuente and believe a change should be made at head coach, hiring a new head whistle in the middle of spring practice in late March is not a recipe for long-term program success.

Heck, think back to January 2020 when Fuente was having his brief dalliance with Baylor. That was two months earlier in the calendar, and the general consensus at the time was that hiring a coach in mid-January was poor timing, as the coaching carousel following the 2019 season had already reached its conclusion.

A late-March, early-April hiring cycle would be even worse.

Lucky for Whit Babcock, that's not something he needs to worry about.

Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel

As a first generation Hokie, I can't say that Virginia Tech has always been in my blood, but I can say unequivocally that I bleed maroon and orange now. I graduated from the Pamplin College of Business in 2015 with a double major in accounting and finance, and have parlayed that into a five-year career in government compliance consulting in the Washington D.C. metro area where I grew up. At Tech, I enjoyed going to as many sporting events as I could, playing four years for the Club Golf team, and realizing my passion for writing and creating content.


I have previously written for Gobbler Country on the SB Nation network, Fighting Gobbler for Fansided, InsideTheACC.com, The Tech Lunch Pail, and most recently for Sports Illustrated's All Hokies, where I was the lead publisher.


In addition to writing, I am also co-host of Basketball Conference: The ACC Football Podcast and the Hokie Hangover Podcast covering Virginia Tech athletics.


I'm passionate about Virginia Tech, but also hope to bring an objective and journalistic background to enhance the already fantastic athletic coverage here at Sons of Saturday.



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