Mr. Teel names a couple of nearby options for the Virginia Tech job:
“Richmond coach Chris Mooney: The 2011 Spiders advanced two rounds in the NCAA tournament, something the Hokies have accomplished once, in 1967. Richmond stumbled to 16-16 this season, and Mooney’s seven-year record there is 128-103 — his team also made the NCAAs in 2010.
A Princeton graduate, Mooney, 39, preaches the offensive principles – wide spacing, back cuts, patience — that carry his alma mater name. He guided Air Force to an 18-12 record in his only season as the academy’s coach.
One potential hurdle: After Georgia Tech and others courted him in 2011, Mooney signed a 10-year contract. As a private school, Richmond is not required to reveal the deal’s terms, but the buyout could be pricey.
Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor: Universally regarded by his peers as a strategist. He’s 237-126 with four NCAA tournament appearances in 11 seasons on Hampton Boulevard. A former Stanford assistant under Mike Montgomery, the 54-year-old Taylor was 141-66 in seven years at his alma mater, Montana.
This would be an ironic hire, given that Greenberg irritated Taylor by not renewing the series between ODU and Tech. It would also be awkward, since Taylor just re-hired Hokies assistant John Richardson, who left Taylor’s staff two years ago for Tech.”