Va. Tech Football Archive
Let’s not confuse or conflate their situations. Separated by 145 miles and 226 career wins, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and Virginia’s Mike London operate in different climates when it comes to job security. London has been on thin ice for at least two seasons, and almost certainly will not survive a fourth straight losing campaign.
BLACKSBURG If there was a game last season that encapsulated Virginia Tech’s frustrating search for a competent offense to complement Bud Foster’s consistently stellar defense, it took place in November in Winston-Salem, NC.
Sept. 7 – Ohio State, 8 p.m.
BLACKSBURG Sometime during the summer, Frank Beamer developed a line about Ohio State that he has often repeated, one only reinforced by the Buckeyes' status as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country in The Associated Press poll. "I don't know that there's ever been a No. 1 team in the country that is as far No. 1 as this crowd is," the Hokies coach said again Monday.
BLACKSBURG Each member of Virginia Tech's starting defensive line is worthy of his substantial preseason billing. Every one a past All-ACC honoree. Every one a preseason All-ACC or All-American pick this summer.
BLACKSBURG Virginia Tech unveiled special metallic orange helmets for its season-opening game against Ohio State on Labor Day night, but it's what the Hokies added to them that has extra meaning. The helmets will be adorned with stickers to honor the two WDBJ television journalists - Alison Parker and Adam Ward - who were killed in a shooting Wednesday at Smith Mountain Lake.
BLACKSBURG Charley Wiles only has so many practice reps, so Virginia Tech's defensive line coach looks at a player like freshman Tim Settle and wonders just how could he possibly find snaps for him.
BLACKSBURG Ten dollars for a missed study hall? Forty-five for missing a Thursday class? A hundred for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty?
BLACKSBURG As quickly as the Virginia Tech football program's idea of fining players as a disciplinary measure came, it went. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster created a brief Internet firestorm Wednesday night when he said the Hokies were looking into fining players, possibly from their cost-of-attendance stipend, as punishment for frequent misbehavior in a variety of areas.
BLACKSBURG Travon McMillian ran out of bounds on a kickoff during practice and needed to get the ball back to the kicker - all the way on the other side of the field. So, the former high school quarterback chucked it 60 yards downfield, perhaps reminding the Tech coaches that they've always got that in their back pocket. "I had to show it off still," McMillian said with a smile.
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