Okay, I have been hinting quite strongly about the Vad Lee situation. I did not know he was considering a transfer, but I knew he would never be an option quarterback; he was the main one for the reference "square peg in a round hole". If I remember the AJC from his initial arrival at Tech, he thought about redirecting his talents to another school. Some said he had a girl friend that would attend the school of which he wanted to attend. However, I truly believe he knew his forte was as a standard drop back quarterback who could pass and had the speed to elude tackling when his receivers were covered.
If I am not mistaken, there were some rumors that CPJ promised he would open up the offense and pass more. This has not happened, the square peg was forced to learn to adapt to the round hole of the option. It is obvious to me, he does not have the quickness or decisiveness to play the option. He is just not talented in that direction. I think CPJ talked him into staying and learning the option. I think everyone knows he cannot run the option, and now he fully knows it himself. I do believe it probably bothers him that he is letting his buddies down. However, he is not letting them down. If he walks off to another school, it may be a win-win situation for him and the team. Since he is not an option quarterback, he would be hurting the team by staying and hurting his own chances to try and excel in another type of offense. I don't blame him one iota if he transfers, and I would guess it is correct that his parents sees the same thing.
In any business or business activity, it is sometimes best to cut your losses and go in a different direction. I honestly believe Vad Lee would excel in one of the Run and Gun offenses. If I was Vad Lee, I would definitely transfer, but I would go to a smaller school which needs his type of passing talent. He needs to be careful to shy away from a school that does not utilize the pass as an equal part of their offense.
There is no way of telling if Thomas can run the option if CPJ continues to stick with it. Some players need to be playing the position as the starter to excel in it. Thomas might be the quarterback needed for it, but he is presently in a no-win situation when he is not used by CPJ or used sparingly. Personally, I believe Thomas or any other quarterback at Tech who has the quickness and decisivenes will function better with the option than Vad Lee. I would wish Lee the best at another school, and I would wish Thomas and other candidates the best. Since CPJ has been held back by his own fears of making a system change, it appears to me next year may be a long year again, but, then again, it might turn out better.
I do believe the players did not appreciate the way CPJ handled things this year. While my son and I attended this year,and I saw the total ineptness, I told him that CPJ had lost the players and the rest of the year would not be good right after the VT game. I saw some things in that game that told me their were problems between the coach and players. As the year progressed, he finally admitted to me that it seemed true.
Now, does it make sense that we lost some early recruits last year in the last week, had others to quit ot transfer, and other possible flips this year. I think all of the problems on the team must come out and be handled by the coach and team prior to the NSD. Recruits may not be edgy if they know things have been covered and fixed.