Darryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch kindly passed along some of Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg‘s postgame comments.
Greenberg isn’t exactly a guy to sugarcoat things. Spin them, maybe, but that’s what coaches tend to do and it’s hard to fault him for that. Still, Greenberg is an honest guy and about as open as a power-conference coach is going to be.
But even in defeat, Greenberg was cognizant it’s been a less-than-stellar week for his counterpart on the opposite sideline, Maryland’s Gary Williams. So even as he assessed the Hokies’ miserable day, he paid homage to the work Williams has done in the past —- and the present.
“We’re a team that has to have a chip. We’re not talented enough to be a team that’s going to go out and just win games,” Greenberg said. “That’s just the way it is. There are teams that are like that, all right? Despite what all the geniuses in the media around here think —— they just think that guys just come to schools. It’s not that easy. You can recruit your tail off and lose guys. That’s just the way it is, all right?
“We’re a team that relies on bowing our necks and being tough. Just like they are. Just like their national championship team was. You can win that way. You can win that way. You can win that way without selling your soul. That’s who we need to be if we’re going to win. That’s who we are when we do win. And if we’re not that, then we’re not going to win. It’s plain and simple.”
Obviously, “geniuses in the media” doesn’t leave much to the imagination. It also lends itself nicely to follow-up questions if anyone in the area happened to be standing around.
And so the follow-up question came.
“Yeah, it’s a joke. It’s a joke. It’s just an absolute joke,” Greenberg said. “It’s disgusting that he could go through that with what he’s built. The reason there’s a Comcast Center is Gary Williams. That’s just the way it is. As a coach, seeing someone with the success that he’s had have to have everyone that doesn’t know what they don’t know second-guess a guy - it’s pretty disappointing. It’s a reflection on our profession.”
—- Patrick Stevens