The search for the replacement for Jim Weaver as Virginia Tech athletic director is complete as reports have emerged that Cincinnati Athletic Director Whit Babcock has been hired to the same position for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Some thought that the Hokies might just stay in-house with the replacement but the Hokies have done their homework without any bias and found their guy in Babcock. Whit Babcock is a Virginian native that knows the potential Virginia Tech has to be a national powerhouse and not just the biggest collegiate athletic program in Virginia. Whit Babcock has worked his way up and laid the groundwork for Cincinnati to join one of the five major conferences as the James Madison graduate has proven himself as a quality athletic director.
As athletic director at the University of Cincinnati, Whit Babcock made some big time moves and built Cincinnati athletics into a program that could very well be the top candidate for any future expansion in the ACC and Big 10. Babcock led the charge in getting much-needed renovations done at Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium and while Lane Stadium is already in plenty good shape, Babcock knows how to raise money for massive projects. The Hokies have looked at expanding their athletic facilities and Babcock seems like the man that can do exactly that to continue to build the Hokies into one of the top athletic programs.
Whit Babcock has been willing to get rid of coaches who have been at a program for a long time as he did with former Cincinnati Bearcats‘ manager Brian Cleary to bring in a young guy in Ty Neal. James Johnson has only been the head basketball coach for two years but he was an assistant previously under Seth Greenberg so he might just fall into that category. Johnson also is a young coach with potential so Johnson might also end up being thrown in the Ty Neal category. Many new athletic directors love putting their own stamp on a program early on so Johnson could be in some trouble. However, Frank Beamer will be safe for as long as he wants to keep coaching so Hokies’ fans shouldn’t be concerned about that. Whit Babcock has all the makings to be a great replacement for Jim Weaver and hopefully, Babcock will be around as long as Weaver.