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College Notebook: VMI Season "Greatest Story In All Sports"

VMI has received few tributes to rival the recent comments passed along by former Keydets football coach Jim Reid this past weekend.

Reid also was the head football coach at Massachusetts and Richmond, where he was the head coach from 1995-2003, including a 10-3 season in 2000.

He served as the VMI head coach for two seasons, 2006-2007, where his teams went 3-19. He later was an assistant with the Miami Dolphins, Virginia, Iowa and Boston College.

Clearly, Reid knows his way around the Mid-Atlantic, and has followed a current five-game VMI winning streak under head coach Scott Wachenheim and a No. 10 spot in the Football Championship Subdivision poll that is headed by James Madison at 4-0.

"This is the greatest story in all of sports; not just this year, but perhaps in a decade," Reid posted on Twitter this weekend after VMI's 36-31 victory at Wofford.

It was one of three VMI victories on the road and marked the fourth time VMI has scored 30 points or more. With 31.8 points per game, VMI ranks 20th out of 95 FCS teams in scoring offense.

Wachenheim's background has been on the offensive side of the ball, including stints as the offensive coordinator at Liberty and offensive-line coach at Virginia.

Parham To Arkansas State

Greg Parham, who averaged a team-leading 18.4 points per game for VMI's basketball this season, has chosen to spend his final season of eligibility at Arkansas State.

Parham, who goes by his middle name of Alden was redshirted early in his career at VMI  but could not play for the Keydets in 2021-2022 because VMI does not have a postgraduate curriculum.

Other incoming players transferring to Arkansas State are from Auburn, LSU, TCU and Memphis

"I’m honestly excited to be playing with these guys and to do something special together," Parham has been quoted. "All seem like high-caliber guys and play with a chip on their shoulder, just like me, and are eager to win.".

 •   VMI's incoming football class includes Braydon Thompson, who had 49 catches for 1,391 yards and scored 15 touchdowns for George Wythe High School as a junior in the fall of 2019.

Recruiting

As Gonzaga has been steaming along in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the Zags took a commitment in the past week from 6-5 Hunter Salis from Omaha. He is rated the No. 5 prospect in the country by rivals.com and had offers from Florida, Louisville and North Carolina.

Chet Holmgren, a 7-foot center from Minneapolis, is the No. 1 player on that list and remains undecided. He is listed by rivals.com with an offer from Virginia Tech as well as North Carolina, Florida State and Wake Forest. 

In Memoriam

Walt Fuller, an assistant men's basketball coach under Pete Gillen at Virginia and later under Charlie Woollum, passed away over the weekend. Fuller, who was from the Philadelphia area, played at Drexel and later served as an assistant at LaSalle. 

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