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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mike O'Cain
A trip to Florida hasn't moved the Virginia Tech football program away from rumors that changes will be made to the coaching staff after this week's bowl game.
Virginia Tech's offensive football coaches have repeatedly called their unit a work in progress this spring and insisted the players are doing the work to improve.
David Wilson ran up and down the field with abandon. His uniform was crisp and new with traces of burgundy and gold.
On Sept. 26, 1992, North Carolina State traveled to Kenan Stadium to face rival North Carolina. The Wolfpack's quarterbacks coach that day, Mike O'Cain, still hasn't forgotten the magic he witnessed. Quarterback Terry Jordan completed 23 of 25 passes for 361 yards as N.C. State won 27-20.
Virginia Tech's offensive players lined up at Miami's 19-yard line as the clock ticked toward one minute remaining Saturday night. The Hokies, trailing by four, had fourth down and 1 as they tried to again answer Miami's second-half surge. Nothing less than a touchdown would do if Tech wanted to avoid an 0-2 ACC record.
Maybe it was because he didn't look or sound like a first-year starting quarterback. He towers over almost everybody he meets, his 6-foot-6, 254-pound body quickly giving away that he is not a typical 20-year-old. He has a deep voice and speaks with mature sureness, in thoughtful, complete sentences.
Virginia Tech defensive line coach Charley Wiles would love it if his four linemen contributed to a shutout in Saturday night's ACC opener against Clemson — or even if they helped hold the Tigers' spread-the-field, fast-paced offense to 14 points or so. But he knows there is a big difference between idealistic and the realistic this week.
Virginia Tech's first four opponents this season are its least compelling since 2001. That year, the Hokies rolled over Connecticut, Western Michigan, Rutgers and Central Florida to begin the season. Every year since, the first four games have included a sexy non-league opponent and/or a conference game.
Somewhere at his house, probably stuffed in a box, Mike O’Cain has a playbook for the 1981 Murray State football team. O’Cain was 27 years old and four years removed from graduation day at Clemson when he pulled on his headsets and called plays for the first time that season.
Quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain said he doesn't know if there will be coaching changes in the offseason, but said he likes the make-up of the current staff.
"In our profession, that's always in the back of your mind, unfortunately," O'Cain, a Tech aide since 2006, said. "It's just a part of the profession. There's nothing we can do about that. If it happens, it happens. There have been rumors probably since I've been here about that. So you just take what happens and if you don't like it, that's part of the profession. It's happened before."