Atlantic Coast Conference Archive
We're firmly in the No Man's Land portion of the offseason -- post-ACC Kickoff, pre-players reporting -- a two-week time frame of nothing but building anticipation to the start of practice. And in that space we have to fill time. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.
Virginia Tech was well-represented with four players on the preseason All-ACC team released Thursday, tied for the second-most selections in the conference. Tight end Bucky Hodges, cornerback Kendall Fuller, defensive end Dadi Nicolas and defensive tackle Luther Maddy were picked to be on the team by the ACC's media at Pinehurst Resort earlier this week.
With the ACC Kickoff in the books, I decided to sneak in a little vacation at the beach before the players report for practice in early August. So blogging might be a little sparse in the next few days. Forgive me for not being quite on top of any major happenings.
The ACC Kickoff is officially over. Hokies head coach Frank Beamer made the rounds Tuesday, speaking frequently about his health and his future at Virginia Tech. Columnist Aaron McFarling touched on that subject as well. If you missed it earlier, the Hokies were picked to finish second in the Coastal Division behind Georgia Tech.
Virginia Tech was picked to finish second in the Coastal Division by the ACC's media Tuesday, coming in behind division favorite and reigning Coastal champ Georgia Tech. The Hokies got 44 first-place votes, well behind the Yellow Jackets' 96 but a good bit ahead of third-place Miami, which got seven first-place votes. Duke was fourth, followed by North Carolina, Pitt and, in last, Virginia.
Day 1 of the ACC Kickoff is in the books. I wrote about Virginia Tech's offense being confident that this year -- no, seriously, this year -- is when it finally turns a corner. I start it all with a good fishing anecdote from Michael Brewer. Here's a picture of that fish just in case you need extra prodding to read that story.
The ACC Kickoff is underway, although we print writers don't have much to do until this afternoon. That's when the players will be available for interviews. They're doing radio and TV this morning. Cornerback Kendall Fuller and quarterback Michael Brewer are here from Virginia Tech.
It's a slow time in the college athletics news cycle, which afforded a perfect time for athletic director Whit Babcock to sit down with me for about 40 minutes Wednesday to chat about a variety of topics.
The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.
I've been debating how to do the look ahead to next year's schedule this June. In the past, I've done individual teams by day, but that was getting stale and, honestly, I didn't even enjoy doing the writeups.
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