THE SPORTS DOC- High hopes? Hokies' Glennon taken down a peg
Despite our best efforts, we can't avoid all the things we find unpleasant. We can put off going to the dentist, but sooner or later we have to face it. If I never had to go to Wal-Mart again, I wouldn't complain.
But when I face an unpleasant task, I try to remember those less fortunate. Lately I've been remembering Sean Glennon.
Poor Sean Glennon. How can I put this nicely? It sucks to be him.
When it comes to football, Virginia Tech fans aren't known for their good humor. Who can blame them? Despite their best efforts, Beamer and Foster haven't transformed the fitful Hokies into a Bowl Championship Series powerhouse. Years of erratic Bowl appearances may have tempered Tech fans' national aspirations, but when VT fails to lead the ACC, it's no laughing matter.
The Hokies entered week 11 ranked seventh in the ACC behind UVA, an uncomfortable situation, to say the least. Virginia Tech has rarely faced a do-or-die situation in their own conference, but for the Hokies to retain any shot at a title, Thursday's game against Maryland was a must win.
Question: How many Hokie quarterbacks does it take to win a game?
Answer: How many do you have?
The Hokies kept their small-time dreams of an ACC championship alive, defeating Maryland 23-13, but the game was more variety show than football. In keeping with the rest of the season, the only thing Thursday's parade of quarterbacks lacked was an appearance by Tommy Smothers.
After Frank Beamer announced fifth-year senior Glennon was going to be this year's starting quarterback, it took one week for him to change his mind and take Tyrod Taylor off the bench, a whole week less than it took to make the same decision last year. Unfortunately for Glennon, it was one week too late.
Glennon didn't want to play second fiddle and didn't mind letting the coach know. After being benched in favor of true freshman Taylor last year, Glennon wasn't going to let it happen again.
"I hope the coaches realize that I need to be on the field," Glennon told the Virginian-Pilot last September. "But if they don't, and at the beginning of next season I know [that] ... I think a lot of programs would be willing to take me."
Ouch. I guess he didn't know.
But Frank Beamer knew. According to offensive tackle Ed Wang, the Hokies spent the preseason practicing with two quarterbacks. What Beamer didn't know was that all his talk about Glennon's unquestionable talent would be exposed as mere lip service when Maryland came to town.
When Glennon and Taylor were both injured playing Florida State, Glennon knew his chance to be starting quarterback had come. All he had to do was recover faster than Taylor, and the job would be his– at least for a little while.
What a little while it was. Glennon must have felt pretty confident when he took the field against Maryland. Taylor was dressed but still nursing his ankle, and QB coach Mike O'Cain wasn't going to play third-stringer Cory Holt if he didn't have to.
By halftime, Glennon had been sacked more times than Eliot Spitzer. Glennon's one-man show was a bigger flop than Lipstick Jungle, and the quarterback who claimed, "I'm good enough to play on any team in this country" was taken out of the game.
Greg Boone, a 280-pound junior tight end who hadn't played quarterback since high school, took Glennon's place.
My guess is that after the Maryland game, Sean Glennon would much rather go to the dentist than football practice. When he can't be trusted to keep the Hokies in ACC contention, even a root canal must be preferable to facing thousands of desperate fans. He should remember the less fortunate: Cory Holt, perhaps?