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Thursday 07/02/2015
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 10:33 am
Former Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver dies after battling Parkinson's disease

BLACKSBURG — Jim Weaver, who presided as Virginia Tech’s athletic director for 16 years during the most successful period in the school’s history, died Thursday morning after a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Posted: July 02, 2015 - 9:50 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 18: Justin Thomas

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.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
Posted: July 01, 2015 - 11:32 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 19: C.J. Reavis

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.

Posted: July 01, 2015 - 8:57 am
Wednesday reset: Indoor facility graphics and Battle at Bristol tickets

The work week is halfway over because of the holiday. Here are a couple of items of interest to start your Wednesday.

Tuesday 06/30/2015
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 10:04 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 20: A third wide receiver

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.

Monday 06/29/2015
Posted: June 29, 2015 - 10:31 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 21: Greg Stroman and Travon McMillian

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.

Sunday 06/28/2015
Posted: June 28, 2015 - 10:14 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 22. Ryan Malleck, and some Sunday links

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.

Saturday 06/27/2015
Posted: June 27, 2015 - 10:07 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 23: Larry Fedora

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.

Friday 06/26/2015
Posted: June 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm
Whit Babcock Q&A, Part II: COA implementation, revenue sources and uniform colors

I posted Part I of my recent Q&A with Hokies athletic director Whit Babcock yesterday. Now for Part II, which covers the cost of attendance implementation, revenue issues, future construction projects and yes, uniforms and logos.

Posted: June 26, 2015 - 9:04 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 24: Ronny Vandyke

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.

Thursday 06/25/2015
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 11:37 am
Whit Babcock Q&A, Part I: The Hokie Club's evolution, Jon Laaser's hiring and more

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.

Posted: June 25, 2015 - 9:01 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 25: A.J. Hughes

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.

Wednesday 06/24/2015
Posted: June 24, 2015 - 8:31 am
Wednesday reset: A Laaser story, Bud's third-down D and more

I had a late one at the Pulaski Yankees' rain-delayed opener last night and have an interview with Whit Babcock today to touch on a variety of subjects, so I'll throw a couple items up here on the blog briefly.

Tuesday 06/23/2015
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 12:57 pm
Virginia Tech tabs Jon Laaser as new 'Voice of the Hokies'

BLACKSBURG — Jon Laaser, who has called Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball games since 2010 and has done work on TV and radio calling VCU basketball games, has been hired by Virginia Tech as the new voice of the Hokies, the school and IMG announced Tuesday.

Posted: June 23, 2015 - 11:31 am
Better know the Hokies' 2015 schedule: Best defensive players

We've looked at the toughest matchups and best offensive players for each opponent on the Hokies' 2015 schedule. Now it's time to jump to defense.

Monday 06/22/2015
Posted: June 22, 2015 - 10:45 am
Better know the Hokies' 2015 schedule: Best offensive players

I started a look at this year's schedule last week by ranking the Hokies' toughest matchups. Today, I'll go through the best offensive players.

Sunday 06/21/2015
Posted: June 21, 2015 - 9:33 am
Sunday links: A story on the nearly complete indoor facility and more top lists

Happy Father's Day to everyone out there today. Hope it's an enjoyable one.

Saturday 06/20/2015
Posted: June 20, 2015 - 10:26 am
How do the preseason magazines rank the Hokies?

You can tell the college football season is getting closer when the preview magazines start hitting the newsstands. 

Friday 06/19/2015
Posted: June 19, 2015 - 5:10 pm
Woodbridge receiver Eric Kumah commits to the Hokies

Virginia Tech added a receiver to its 2016 recruiting class when Woodbridge's Eric Kumah said he'd sign with the Hokies next winter.

Posted: June 19, 2015 - 11:01 am
Mailbag, Part III: The state of recruiting, the VT logo and the ground game

Virginia Tech looks like it's in pretty good shape to receive a commitment from Woodbridge receiver Eric Kumah, who announces at 5 p.m. tonight. 

Thursday 06/18/2015
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 10:00 am
College football's proposed early signing period tabled for now, which is a good thing

The proposed early signing period got shot down yesterday.

Wednesday 06/17/2015
Posted: June 17, 2015 - 10:42 am
Who would you put on Virginia Tech's players-only Mount Rushmore?

Trolling for blog ideas in the slowest month of the year, I hopped onto the College Football Reddit page yesterday and saw an interesting thread.

Tuesday 06/16/2015
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 11:31 am
Better know the Hokies' 2015 schedule: Toughest matchups

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.

Monday 06/15/2015
Posted: June 15, 2015 - 11:23 am
Mailbag, Part II: Playing the national champs, scheduling redux and Battle at Bristol advice

I've got more mailbag questions for you from last week. If you missed the first part, you can get to it here. I'll probably spill this over to a Part III sometime this week.

Sunday 06/14/2015
Posted: June 14, 2015 - 10:15 am
Sunday links: The indoor in action, peak mullets and a Purdue game time

No long preamble today. Just straight to the links ...

Saturday 06/13/2015
Posted: June 13, 2015 - 9:35 am
David Wilson set to make pro debut in triple jump

They say there are no second acts in American lives, but David Wilson's out to prove that wrong.

Friday 06/12/2015
Posted: June 12, 2015 - 9:36 am
Mailbag, Part I: The indoor's impact, possible freshman contributors and Babcock's plan

OK, we had plenty of questions submitted this week, so this is going to be more than a one-post mailbag. Here's the first part. I'll probably get to more questions next week.

Thursday 06/11/2015
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 11:35 am
Michigan QB Josh Jackson commits to the Hokies

Virginia Tech has its quarterback for the 2016 class.

Wednesday 06/10/2015
Posted: June 10, 2015 - 11:31 am
How ambitiously have the Hokies scheduled going back to the BCS era?

We've hit a few of the research-intensive questions that I asked you for earlier this spring. If you've missed past ones, here they are:

Tuesday 06/09/2015
Posted: June 09, 2015 - 10:18 am
A few more details about the Hokies' soon-to-be-completed indoor facility

Virginia Tech's much-anticipated indoor practice facility is nearly completed.

Monday 06/08/2015
Posted: June 08, 2015 - 12:01 pm
Can you take anything away from these college sports fan figures?

Let me start by saying I don't really know what any of this means. That disclaimer out of the way, it is somewhat interesting, particularly for a slow news day in June.

Posted: June 08, 2015 - 8:24 am
A call for offseason Virginia Tech mailbag questions

Time to liven things up on the blog a little bit.

Sunday 06/07/2015
Posted: June 07, 2015 - 10:14 am
Sunday links: A few fixes to college football

The folks over at CBS Sports came up with six different fixes to make college football better, and a few of them have merit.

Saturday 06/06/2015
Posted: June 06, 2015 - 9:51 am
A look at the Tech coaches' recruiting territories in Virginia

Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors met earlier this week, and while that's not entirely a sports endeavor, the athletic department takes a portion of the presentation.

Friday 06/05/2015
Posted: June 05, 2015 - 12:19 pm
How has Virginia Tech fared recruiting in-state talent over the years?

I've been slacking on answering the reader-submitted, research-intensive questions lately, mostly because, well, they take quite a bit of research to properly answer. I'll try to catch up on some here in the next couple weeks.

Thursday 06/04/2015
Posted: June 04, 2015 - 10:52 am
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Special teams

At long last we've reached the conclusion of these offseason position glimpses. If you missed previous entries, get to them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers and tight ends | Offensive line | Defensive line | Linebackers | Defensive backs

Wednesday 06/03/2015
Posted: June 03, 2015 - 10:39 am
Phil Steele's preseason All-America and All-ACC teams are out, but are they a good predictor?

Nothing says "the offseason" like preseason magazines releasing their All-America and all-conference teams in June. 

Tuesday 06/02/2015
Posted: June 02, 2015 - 10:24 am
What does Andrew Ford's transfer mean for the Hokies?

Something had to give.

Monday 06/01/2015
Posted: June 01, 2015 - 10:24 pm
Hokies quarterback Andrew Ford granted scholarship release, seeks transfer

The first quarterback Hokies offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler recruited to Virginia Tech is looking for a new place to play.

Posted: June 01, 2015 - 10:33 am
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Defensive backs

We're finishing up the defense today. If you missed previous entries, get to them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers and tight ends | Offensive line | Defensive line | Linebackers

Sunday 05/31/2015
Posted: May 31, 2015 - 10:33 am
Sunday links: SEC revenue figures show widending gap for ACC

The Power 5 schools are starting to reveal their revenue numbers, a chest-thumping exercise that occurs around each league's spring meetings.

Saturday 05/30/2015
Posted: May 30, 2015 - 11:35 am
A brief history of time of the Hokies' indoor facility (in pictures)

I was bored yesterday and it was nice out, so I  went over to the fields by Lane Stadium to take some updated pictures of the soon-to-be-completed $21.3 million indoor practice facility.

Friday 05/29/2015
Posted: May 29, 2015 - 10:34 am
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Linebackers

We're approaching the stretch run of the offseason position-by-position looks today. If you missed previous entries, get to them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers and tight ends | Offensive line | Defensive line

Thursday 05/28/2015
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 11:07 am
A closer look: Virginia Tech athletic department revenues hit $73 million in 2013-14

On Tuesday, the USA Today released its comprehensive look at the finances of all the public university athletic departments in the country. 

Wednesday 05/27/2015
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 1:37 pm
All 21 of Hokies' athletic teams make NCAA's APR grade

All 21 of Virginia Tech's athletic teams made the grade in the most recent release of Academic Progress Rate data by the NCAA.

Posted: May 27, 2015 - 10:18 am
A look at the ACC over/unders: Hokies listed at 8 wins

The USA Today released its financial analysis of each public athletic department Tuesday, but the offshore site 5Dimes.com also released over/under win totals for nearly all of the Power 5 teams this season.

Tuesday 05/26/2015
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 11:01 am
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Defensive line

Summer school starts today at Virginia Tech. There were no enrollees from the Hokies' freshman class. Those players usually wait for the second summer session to arrive.

Sunday 05/24/2015
Posted: May 24, 2015 - 10:09 am
Sunday links: Fuller, Nicolas on NFL.com's list of top college defenders

If this list on NFL.com of college football's best defenders is accurate, Bud Foster's group should be in good shape this year.

Saturday 05/23/2015
Posted: May 23, 2015 - 8:10 am
Ranking the ACC's head football coaches

You know it's the height of the offseason when publications begin putting out rankings of college football's coaches. It means there's officially nothing to talk about.

Friday 05/22/2015
Posted: May 22, 2015 - 10:53 am
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Offensive line

We continue our offseason position-by-position looks today. If you missed previous entries, get to them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers and tight ends

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