Bryan Stinespring Water Boy proponents rejoice, all 11 of you: The reviled Virginia Tech offensive coordinator has been demoted, and replaced in the position by quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain. Stinespring will remain on staff in a position coach capacity, handling tight ends and offensive tackles. The news comes courtesy of VT beat writer Kyle Tucker's Twitter feed, and seems to have come as something of a surprise. (This isn't to say it's a bad surprise in all corners of Hokie fandom: Stinespring had a large swath of very vocal detractors in Blacksburg.)
On paper, the 2010 VT offense wasn't a disaster -- at least not beginning in Week 3, when the Hokies shook off back-to-back losses to Boise State and James Madison to rattle off 11 straight wins and gain a conference championship en route to the Orange Bowl. (Where, you'll recall, they were neatly dispatched by Stanford, 40-12). They ran the ball well in a unit that ranked 23rd nationally, behind the efforts of Darren Evans, Tyrod Taylor, David Wilson, and Ryan Williams, and boasted a passing offense that languished back at No. 72 thanks in large part to Taylor's adept feet. In terms of total offense, the team ranked 41st nationally, fifth in the ACC.
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