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A night that was supposed to be a celebration of the 1999 team that built Virginia Tech football into a power became what felt like a funeral to that era as the Hokies fell 45-10 to Duke. Unsurprisingly, the largest home defeat in a conference game of any sorts since 1950 led to plenty of frustrated reactions including from former Virginia Tech players on social media.
Here's a rundown of reactions from some former players during and after the loss to Duke on social media.
First, former Virginia Tech OL Dwight Vick praising Hokie fans and stating the clear fact that VT fans deserve better.
We have the best fans and alumni and they deserve better https://t.co/Mg8d7NDnP1— Dwight Vick (@vick757) September 28, 2019
Former Virginia Tech WR David Clowney was also quite disappointed in Virginia Tech's performance.
BRUH @HokiesFB come on man this is embarrassing 😩😩😩— David Clowney IV (@DavidClowney) September 28, 2019
Former VT DB DJ Parker needed few words to show his emotions about the Hokies' performance.
Man we’re bad..— Dorian James (@djparker25) September 28, 2019
45-10 after a bye week 😔— Dorian James (@djparker25) September 28, 2019
Former Virginia Tech DT (and current pregame analyst for VT on IMG) Luther Maddy was concise in his thoughts on the game.
Tough game... Disappointing. Credit Duke for putting together a good game— Luther Maddy (@luthermaddy_) September 28, 2019
Former Virginia Tech S Davon Morgan continued his recent campaign to be the next head coach of the Hokies. Tweet is linked here (TLP does not condone the language in the comment before this tweet).
Meanwhile, the public frustration wasn't limited to former players who only played for Frank Beamer. Former Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford was also disappointed liking many of the tweets from former players who were also publicly frustrated while also sharing his own memories as well in response to the game.
This remind me of Miami my freshman year 🤦🏾♂️— Isaiah Ford (@IAF_1) September 28, 2019
There were two former players who seemed to come out publicly in support of Justin Fuente, both of whom played for Beamer and Fuente. First, former VT offensive lineman Kyle Chung.
Don’t speak on something you don’t know about unless you’re on the inside 🤷🏻♂️— Kyle Chung (@kchung84) September 28, 2019
Second, former OL Jonathan McLaughlin standing by his comment from a couple days before the Virginia Tech-Duke game.
I stand by my tweet 1000 percent !— Jonathan McLaughlin (@jglock1993) September 28, 2019
I’m sick of the disrespect Fuente has been getting this year! Everyone is quick to forget about his first 2 years at Tech! A lot of things has happen while he’s been the head coach. He has a young team. He knows what he is doing !! Let him work 💯 !!! #ThursdayRant !!— Jonathan McLaughlin (@jglock1993) September 26, 2019
However, the overwhelming sentiment among former players appeared to be frustration with former Virginia Tech LB Brendan Hill being among the most vocal on social media with this comment referencing the bowl streak that VT has taken great pride in being among the most profound.
Imagine starting 26 years all over.— Beta Mode (@BrendenHill) September 28, 2019