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Sunday 10/04/2015
Posted: October 04, 2015 - 10:33 am
Five thoughts the day after the Hokies' loss to Pitt

A night has passed, although I'm sure the strong feelings emanating from the Hokies' fan base haven't after yesterday's 17-13 loss to Pitt in the ACC opener. Read all of our stuff on these links:

Saturday 10/03/2015
Posted: October 03, 2015 - 6:27 pm
A post-game wrap: Pittsburgh 17, Virginia Tech 13

The Hokies lost in ugly fashion Saturday to Pittsburgh and probably continued to lose a few more fans. Head coach Frank Beamer vowed to make changes, although he didn't specify what afterward.

Posted: October 03, 2015 - 3:12 pm
Beamer: Changes coming after Hokies fall to Pittsburgh

BLACKSBURG — Frank Beamer’s postgame briefing with his team was short and his answers at a terse press conference that followed even shorter, the frustrations of Virginia Tech’s 17-13 ACC-opening l...

Posted: October 03, 2015 - 1:20 pm
Halftime: Pittsburgh 10, Virginia Tech 7

BLACKSBURG — Offense has been scarce after one half at a rainy Lane Stadium, where Pittsburgh holds a 10-7 lead on Virginia Tech.

Posted: October 03, 2015 - 12:31 am
Links to everything we wrote this week about Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh

It's game day in Blacksburg. Hope you brought a poncho.

Friday 10/02/2015
Posted: October 02, 2015 - 8:30 pm
Hokies must deal with Panthers, rain

BLACKSBURG — Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi knew what Frank Beamer meant.

Posted: October 02, 2015 - 11:19 am
Breaking down the Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh matchup

Hurricane Joaquin doesn't look like it's going to be a whole lot of fun in the next couple days. It's going to rain and rain and rain. The field can handle it. The question is: can the fans?

Thursday 10/01/2015
Posted: October 01, 2015 - 3:02 pm
Five questions with Pitt beat writer Sam Werner

If you missed today's live chat, read the replay here, but now it's time to take a look at the other side.

Posted: October 01, 2015 - 8:57 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

A much more rational-minded chat than I thought it'd be today. Didn't seem like anybody was on the verge of jumping off a cliff. If you missed out on the fun, you can read the replay at the bottom ...

Wednesday 09/30/2015
Posted: September 30, 2015 - 1:10 pm
Episode 32 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

There was big news this afternoon: All-American cornerback Kendall Fuller is out for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus. He had surgery Tuesday.

Posted: September 30, 2015 - 10:55 am
Hokies CB Kendall Fuller will miss rest of season after having knee surgery

The news on All-American cornerback Kendall Fuller was as bad as the Hokies feared.

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Posted: September 29, 2015 - 9:37 pm
Practice report: Sounds like surgery for Kendall Fuller; Terrell Edmunds likely to start vs. Pitt

We spoke to mostly defensive players and coaches after practice Tuesday. Some of that I used in my story for Wednesday's paper about the Hokies' tackling troubles, especially against mobile quarter...

Posted: September 29, 2015 - 8:34 pm
Virginia Tech defense struggling against mobile quarterbacks

BLACKSBURG — The disgust on the faces of the Hokies’ defensive players told the story when asked what their film review session was like, the day after they had numerous missed tackles that contrib...

Posted: September 29, 2015 - 10:39 am
As Hokies enter ACC play, running back carries remain split

Four weeks in, the Hokies have four rushers sharing the load -- Travon McMillian, J.C. Coleman, Trey Edmunds and quarterback Brenden Motley -- a development the Internet simply can't ignore.

Monday 09/28/2015
Posted: September 28, 2015 - 5:13 pm
All-American Fuller's status still up in the air for Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG — Frank Beamer’s not a doctor, nor does the Virginia Tech head coach pretend to be one, referring nearly all medical questions to the team’s head athletic trainer.

Posted: September 28, 2015 - 3:13 pm
Press conference notes: Fuller 'doubtful' for Pitt, McKenzie on medical redshirt path and 'exhibition games' redux

Virginia Tech put out some injury notes earlier Monday. To summarize, cornerback Kendall Fuller (knee) will re-evaluated today but doesn't sound like he'll play Saturday, linebacker Andrew Motuapua...

Posted: September 28, 2015 - 12:21 pm
McKenzie will seek medical redshirt, Motuapuaka might return this week, Fuller 'very doubtful'

The Hokies released the following injury updates before their Monday media availability:

Sunday 09/27/2015
Posted: September 27, 2015 - 9:36 am
Five thoughts the day after Virginia Tech's loss to East Carolina

For Hokies fans who are waking up, wiping their eyes and collectively wondering if last night really happened, I'm here as the bearer of bad news: it did. Here's everything we wrote form Virginia T...

Saturday 09/26/2015
Posted: September 26, 2015 - 10:32 pm
Post-game wrap: East Carolina 35, Virginia Tech 28

Not the result Hokies fans were hoping for in Greenville today. I documented the ugliness in my game story, which you can read here.

Posted: September 26, 2015 - 5:18 pm
Halftime: East Carolina 21, Virginia Tech 14

GREENVILLE, N.C. — A fast start is a distant memory for Virginia Tech, which trails East Carolina 21-14 at halftime in a driving rain at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Posted: September 26, 2015 - 12:15 am
Links to everything we wrote this week about Virginia Tech and East Carolina

It'll be a bright and early drive from Blacksburg to Greenville this morning for today's Virginia Tech-East Carolina game. 

Friday 09/25/2015
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 11:10 am
Breaking down the Virginia Tech-East Carolina matchup

The East Carolina game is tomorrow, so now's a good time to take a deeper look at the matchup.

Thursday 09/24/2015
Posted: September 24, 2015 - 7:32 pm
Five questions with East Carolina beat writer Nathan Summers

If you missed the live chat earlier Thursday, it was a rousing good time. Read the replay here. Oh yeah, and A.J. Hughes did this the other day.

Posted: September 24, 2015 - 8:59 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

Great chat today, with roughly 25 questions about what the Hokies might do if Brenden Motley is performing great when Michael Brewer is ready to return to action. But we got some other stuff in the...

Wednesday 09/23/2015
Posted: September 23, 2015 - 6:14 pm
Hokies' Clark prepares for another showdown with best friend Grayson

BLACKSBURG — King’s Fork High football coach Joe Jones sat in Lane Stadium last year like a proud papa, watching his program’s two recent standouts, Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark and East Caroli...

Posted: September 23, 2015 - 9:48 am
Episode 31 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

Aaron McFarling and I did another podcast that we recorded Tuesday.

Tuesday 09/22/2015
Posted: September 22, 2015 - 10:12 pm
Practice report: No sacks yet, but Hokies' primary pass rushers not losing faith

We had a decent round of interviews tonight with mostly defensive coaches and players. Here are a few main takeaways.

Posted: September 22, 2015 - 6:49 pm
Big plays at Purdue give sense that Beamer Ball's back

BLACKSBURG — Shane Beamer had a quick retort Monday to a question about if he still coached the Virginia Tech kickoff return teams, which have lagged in recent years.

Monday 09/21/2015
Posted: September 21, 2015 - 8:59 pm
Virginia Tech expects a fight, as usual, from East Carolina

BLACKSBURG — No matter how Virginia Tech seems to be playing heading into its nearly annual matchup with East Carolina, it has a tough time.

Posted: September 21, 2015 - 3:51 pm
Hokies aim to cut down on penalties, plus more press conference notes

A few coaches and players met with the media for interviews at today's press conference. There's nothing tonight (a change to the normal schedule), so these are all the quotes coming today. Here ar...

Sunday 09/20/2015
Posted: September 20, 2015 - 10:16 am
Five thoughts the day after the Hokies' win against Purdue

We're on the road back from Indianapolis early this morning, because Aaron McFarling has an adult league baseball championship to win, but we're mobile reporters, so our coverage doesn't stop.

Saturday 09/19/2015
Posted: September 19, 2015 - 10:27 pm
A post-game wrap: Virginia Tech 51, Purdue 24

The Hokies got contributions in all three phases Saturday, rolling past Purdue 51-24 to improve to 2-1 this season. 

Posted: September 19, 2015 - 5:21 pm
Halftime: Virginia Tech 24, Purdue 17

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Virginia Tech has far more yards but not that many more points, leading Purdue 24-17 at halftime at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday.

Posted: September 19, 2015 - 9:27 am
Links to everything we wrote this week about Virginia Tech and Purdue

Good morning from Indianapolis, where it rained quite a bit last night but should clear up in West Lafayette for today's Virginia Tech-Purdue game. Pretty nice town in Indy, where they have a heck ...

Friday 09/18/2015
Posted: September 18, 2015 - 8:31 am
Breaking down the Virginia Tech-Purdue matchup

We're on the road for Indianapolis, where we'll stay before the Hokies' game Saturday in West Lafayette. But here's a little daytime reading with a look at the matchups between Virginia Tech and Pu...

Thursday 09/17/2015
Posted: September 17, 2015 - 2:36 pm
Five questions with Purdue beat writer Stacy Clardie

I was going to post this tomorrow morning, but now's as good a time as any.

Posted: September 17, 2015 - 9:02 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

Solid chat today. Went for the usual hour and a half. If you missed it, read the replay at the bottom of this post. (And forgive my seemingly non-complete answers on Chris Durkin working some at ti...

Wednesday 09/16/2015
Posted: September 16, 2015 - 12:38 pm
Episode 30 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

OK, we're back in our podcasting groove.

Tuesday 09/15/2015
Posted: September 15, 2015 - 10:37 pm
Practice report: New mike LBs, DE production and Wyatt's missing mullet

It'll be redshirt sophomore walk-on Sean Huelskamp as the starting mike linebacker for the Hokies at Purdue on Saturday, with true freshman Carson Lydon burning his redshirt to back him up. That wa...

Posted: September 15, 2015 - 8:51 pm
With Motuapuaka out, Hokies look for help from newcomers at linebacker

BLACKSBURG — Before the season, Bud Foster said the one position on his Virginia Tech defense where losing a starter would hurt the most was at mike linebacker.

Monday 09/14/2015
Posted: September 14, 2015 - 8:59 pm
Practice report: Wyatt Teller hammering home strong play on o-line

The news from earlier is that mike linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka is out for up to four weeks with an MCL sprain. I wrote about that and the how the Hokies are preparing for their first road game at ...

Posted: September 14, 2015 - 7:07 pm
Virginia Tech linebacker Motuapuaka out with sprained MCL

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech’s football team hits the road for the first time this year with Purdue on tap Saturday, but the Hokies will do so without inside linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka, who could m...

Posted: September 14, 2015 - 5:28 pm
Hokies LB Motuapuaka has MCL sprain, could miss four weeks

Hokies mike linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka could miss up to four weeks after suffering a sprained MCL of his left knee in Virginia Tech's 42-3 win against Furman on Saturday.

Posted: September 14, 2015 - 2:25 pm
Beamer eager to see how Hokies react in first road game at Purdue, plus more press conference notes

It was not exactly an endless supply of information at today's press conference. We only got two players and head coach Frank Beamer. Here are a few takeaways, though:

Sunday 09/13/2015
Posted: September 13, 2015 - 10:06 am
Five thoughts the day after the Hokies' win against Furman

First here's everything we wrote about the Hokies' win against Furman yesterday:

Saturday 09/12/2015
Posted: September 12, 2015 - 9:33 pm
A post-game wrap from Virginia Tech's 42-3 win against Furman

The Hokies had an easy time with Furman 42-3 on Saturday. Here's everything that we wrote:

Posted: September 12, 2015 - 7:23 pm
New starting QB Motley leads Virginia Tech past Furman

BLACKSBURG — With injured quarterback Michael Brewer watching over his shoulder in the press box, Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler glanced down on the field, thinking Brenden Motle...

Posted: September 12, 2015 - 5:08 pm
Halftime: Virginia Tech 14, Furman 0

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech’s ahead comfortably on Furman, but its offense has left a lot to be desired.

Posted: September 12, 2015 - 8:49 am
Links to everything we wrote this week about Virginia Tech and Furman

You didn't have to wait long for another game day to get here. If you missed anything we wrote about the Furman matchup -- and in the aftermath of the Ohio State game -- the links are below.

Friday 09/11/2015
Posted: September 11, 2015 - 11:31 am
Breaking down the Virginia Tech-Furman matchup

I liked the matchup format I did last week. Let's do it again.

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