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It was just last Thursday that I wrote this story about associate head coach Chester Frazier leaving Virginia Tech and returning to his alma mater, Illinois. In that story I noted how amicable the decision was, the great respect Frazier and head coach Mike Young had for each other, and how no one could begrudge him going back to the school he played at a decade earlier.
Despite all that, I did express some concern. “Why?” some people asked. I had two thoughts, but only answered with one. The first was when you lose a really good assistant, you have to replace them with someone just as good, and there’s no guarantee that will happen. In all my years in the corporate world, you were very good and very lucky if you just hit on 50 percent of the people hired that ended up being as good as expected. It’s just the nature of the hiring process.
What I didn’t say about what concerned me was this sentence in the story about Frazier: “His fingerprints are all over just about every one of the key recruits the Hokies have landed, and he’s liked by just about everyone.”
If you’ve had a hand in all the key recruits, that means just about all the key recruits expected you to be there when they arrived. If you were a deciding factor and you’re not there, there was a possibility that players could back out of their commitments, since whoever is the replacement isn’t going to know all the recruits.
That happened today. The 7-footer the Hokies have both wanted and needed – Michael Durr – tweeted today he is opening back up his recruitment. The 7-foot, 250-pounder announced back in the first week of April that he was going to transfer to Virginia Tech (he was in the transfer portal), and today he changed his mind without really giving a reason
“I would like to thank Coach Young and the staff at Virginia Tech but I have decided to reopen my recruitment,” is all the tweet said. Then there was a picture of him with a jersey with a big question mark on it.
It’s an odd situation where a player went into the transfer portal, committed to a new school, then changed their mind before playing a game or even moving to campus. The only thing I can see that has changed since the first week of April is Frazier announced he’s leaving. That was Thursday, and four days later, Durr tweets he’s reopening his recruitment.
Maybe the two are not related. Maybe they are. We’ll see.