Virginia Tech Football: 4 narratives Brent Pry destroyed in 2023

After a slow start to the 2023 season, the Virginia Tech football team rebounded in a big way to finish at 6-6 and become bowl-eligible. A lot of the success had to do with Brent Pry and the way he rebounded his team and some narratives they he destroyed.
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Brent Pry is the worst coach in the ACC

Before the season started, Will Backus of CBS Sports ranked all 14 ACC coaches and Pry was picked last in his list. Here is what he wrote in early July,

"It took just one season for Pry's outlook at Virginia Tech to turn bleak. His initial hire did not generate a ton of buzz, and instead of quieting any doubters, he created more by winning just one ACC game in 2022 and finishing the year with a 3-8 record overall. Let's not mince words here: The Hokies were awful in 2022. Few things stood out about the on-field product, and Virginia Tech only kept it close a few times during a seven-game losing streak that stretched from September to November."

Since that article was written, Pry's team started 1-3 and he rebounded them after the non-conference, navigated his way through key injuries, and turned things around to get his team bowl-eligible, something that looked bleak in late September. He rolled over five coaches ranked ahead of him, Dave Clawson (No.2) of Wake Forest, Pat Narduzzi (No. 6) of Pittsburgh, Dino Babers (No. 10) of Syracuse who has since been fired, Jeff Hafley (No. 11) of Boston College and Tony Elliott (No. 13) of Virginia. His team hung 38, 30, 38, 48, and 55 points on those coaches in that order. He's clearly not the worst coach in the ACC.