Entering Selection Sunday, Seth Greenberg lobbies for Virginia Tech
To lobby or not to lobby, that is the question. Around this time of year, the coaches of bubble-sitting teams try to figure out the politics of politicking and many make a case publicly for why their team should be in the NCAA tournament.
Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg is no different. Since the Hokies lost to 12th-seeded Miami on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament, Greenberg has been stumping for Virginia Tech. That represents a shift in approach from even a few weeks ago, when Greenberg simply brushed aside questions that included the word "bubble."
When contacted on Saturday by some reporters who regularly cover Virginia Tech, Greenberg seemed in no mood to talk, and declined to prop up the Hokies to some of them. But he has pleaded his case in other venues, sometimes subtly, sometimes not so subtly.
Immediately after the loss to the Hurricanes in the conference tournament, Greenberg gave an endorsement for the Hokies when asked to assess his team's NCAA tournament chances.
"I would hope the team that tied for third place in the ACC would be in pretty good shape," Greenberg told a room full of reporters. "There are certain things that are in my control and out of my control. That is out of my control."
And on Saturday morning, Greenberg continued the ritual posturing by making an appearance on an ESPN program to state his case for the Hokies. He told The Post's John Feinstein what he hoped to get across in that segment.
"I'm going to point out that we played 16 games against teams in the top 100 and we've got three wins over teams in the top 50," Greenberg said. "Forget our nonconference schedule; look at the overall numbers -- that's what matters."
If the Hokies get left out, a big reason will be their dismal nonconference schedule, which ranks 339th in the Ratings Percentage Index. In any other year, they would almost assuredly be left out of the NCAA tournament, but the at-large pool is so weak this season, the Hokies are still sitting on the bubble.
On Sunday, Greenberg posted three successive messages on his Twitter account, @HeadHokie. They were as follows:
-- "Still holding out hope! Sad day for the ACC if a 10-6 third place team doesn't get a bid!"
-- "15 games vs top 100 with Georgia just outside the top 100. That's over half our schedule! Compare that to others."
-- "I am proud of this team and all they accomplished! No one but the people in our locker room thought we would tie for 3rd and win 23!"
In a matter of hours, Virginia Tech's fate will be decided. But with his team's fate now out of his hands, Greenberg has made his best effort to win over public support for the Hokies.
March 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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