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Tuesday 11/24/2015
Posted: November 24, 2015 - 10:22 pm
Practice report: Fuente buzz, Mihota will start and Ekanem would like a holding call

Plenty of notes and quotes from Tuesday's round of interviews with coaches and players.

Posted: November 24, 2015 - 5:29 pm
Virginia Tech football assistants await their fates

BLACKSBURG — When Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer made his decision earlier this month to retire at the end of the season, part of the difficulty in coming to a final determination was that he was...

Posted: November 24, 2015 - 10:29 am
By the numbers: A few figures about the Hokies' success vs. UVa

The Hokies have won 11 straight games against Virginia, a streak most teams never come close to against their most heated rival.

Monday 11/23/2015
Posted: November 23, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Virginia Tech will start UVa game minus suspended Dadi Nicolas

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech still needs to beat state rival Virginia to become bowl eligible for a 23rd straight year. In trying to do so, it won’t have one of its best defensive players for a half.

Posted: November 23, 2015 - 3:44 pm
Hokies notes: Dadi's suspension, bouncing back from emotional UNC loss and more

It's officially Virginia week. The Hokies opened as 3.5-point favorites against their state rival. Here's what Virginia Tech's players and coaches had to say at today's press conference:

Posted: November 23, 2015 - 1:18 pm
Dadi Nicolas suspended for first half of UVa game after contact with official vs. UNC

Frank Beamer announced Monday that defensive end Dadi Nicolas will be suspended for the first half after making contact with referee Ron Cherry after he disagreed with a call in the North Carolina ...

Sunday 11/22/2015
Posted: November 22, 2015 - 10:42 am
Five thoughts the day after the Hokies' loss to North Carolina

What an emotional rollercoaster that was yesterday. The Hokies will probably have a similar kind of game at Virginia next Saturday, which the ACC set last night for a noon start on ESPNU.

Saturday 11/21/2015
Posted: November 21, 2015 - 7:47 pm
A post-game wrap: North Carolina 30, Virginia Tech 27, OT

The Hokies came close, but they couldn't send Frank Beamer off with a perfect Lane Stadium farewell, losing in overtime to No. 12 North Carolina 30-27. It was actually a result that's epitomized Vi...

Posted: November 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Virginia Tech football notebook: Defense slowed down high-scoring UNC

BLACKSBURG — Considering the caliber of opponent, Bud Foster’s Virginia Tech defense turned in one of its best performances of the year Saturday against No. 12 North Carolina.

Updated: November 21, 2015 - 6:13 pm
North Carolina spoils Beamer's home finale at Virginia Tech in OT

BLACKSBURG — For a moment it looked like Frank Beamer was going to get the storybook Lane Stadium farewell he deserved, his Hokies improbably charging back from a two-touchdown, fourth-quarter defi...

Posted: November 21, 2015 - 1:35 pm
Halftime: North Carolina 7, Virginia Tech 3

BLACKSBURG — Frank Beamer’s Lane Stadium finale, fittingly, has been a defensive battle.

Posted: November 21, 2015 - 12:13 am
Links to everything we wrote this week about Virginia Tech and North Carolina

It's an historic day at Lane Stadium, with it being Frank Beamer's final game on the sideline of the field that will bear his name. It sounds like there will be hundreds of former players in attend...

Friday 11/20/2015
Posted: November 20, 2015 - 4:30 pm
Memories plentiful as Hokies prepare for last home game under Beamer

BLACKSBURG — His eyes welling with tears and his grip on the podium tightening, Virginia Tech tight ends coach Bryan Stinespring managed to hold himself together when reminiscing about Lane Stadium...

Posted: November 20, 2015 - 10:25 am
Breaking down the Virginia Tech-North Carolina matchup

The hours are dwindling until Frank Beamer's final home game at Lane Stadium. We'll have a wrap around our sports section in the Saturday Roanoke Times, so check that out if you have a chance. Here...

Thursday 11/19/2015
Posted: November 19, 2015 - 2:38 pm
Five questions with North Carolina beat writer Andrew Carter

For all the talk this week about the hoopla surrounding it being Frank Beamer's final home game, there's also an opponent to consider. And North Carolina is pretty good.

Posted: November 19, 2015 - 9:18 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

Solid chat today. Some coach talk. Some Frank Beamer talk. An unscripted M.C. Hammer appearance. Read a replay at the bottom of this post.

Wednesday 11/18/2015
Posted: November 18, 2015 - 8:51 am
Episode 39 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

We're back with another edition of the podcast.

Tuesday 11/17/2015
Posted: November 17, 2015 - 11:01 pm
Practice report: Lane Stadium memories, a bowl game for Beamer and more

Lots of quotes to get through tonight, so this is coming in later than usual.

Posted: November 17, 2015 - 6:08 pm
Tech offensive coordinator Loeffler very familiar with UNC DC Chizik

BLACKSBURG — If there’s a blueprint for beating North Carolina, which has the ACC’s top scoring offense at 42 points per game, it might actually lie on the offensive side of the ball, as strange as...

Posted: November 17, 2015 - 10:44 am
By the numbers: A few facts about Frank Beamer and Lane Stadium

If you haven't heard, this Saturday will be Frank Beamer's final game at Lane Stadium. I wrote about some of the tributes (unis) and emotions that everyone expects around the game in today's paper.

Monday 11/16/2015
Posted: November 16, 2015 - 6:20 pm
Virginia Tech aware that distractions have to be avoided during game with No. 12 UNC

BLACKSBURG — There were many reasons Virginia Tech’s players were excited about the all-black uniforms they’ll wear against North Carolina this week, chief among them that they look “pretty dope,” ...

Posted: November 16, 2015 - 3:20 pm
Hokies notes: 'Dope' black unis, high emotions and facing the 'hottest team in America'

For those of you wondering when the Virginia Tech-Virginia game will kick off, you'll have to wait another week.

Posted: November 16, 2015 - 10:20 am
Hokies will wear black, then retro unis in final two regular season games

Frank Beamer's final two games will feature a new uniform and a really old one.

Sunday 11/15/2015
Posted: November 15, 2015 - 10:00 am
Sunday reset: No GameDay, UNC's rolling and a bowl outlook

It was a wild Saturday of college football, with the No. 6 (Baylor), No. 7 (Stanford), No. 9 (LSU) and No. 10 (Utah) teams in the College Football Playoff committee rankings losing and a couple mor...

Saturday 11/14/2015
Posted: November 14, 2015 - 10:00 am
Will the #GameDay4Frank movement work? (UPDATE: the show's not coming to Blacksburg)

If you follow the Virginia Tech football Twitter account, you no doubt have been relentlessly hit over the head with the #GameDay4Frank hashtag, an online movement to get ESPN's College GameDay to ...

Friday 11/13/2015
Posted: November 13, 2015 - 10:50 am
Five thoughts the day after the Hokies' win against Georgia Tech

Frank Beamer was in a dancing mood after Virginia Tech's 23-21 win against Georgia Tech last night. As well he should be. It got the Hokies within a win of bowl eligibility for a 23rd straight year...

Posted: November 13, 2015 - 1:15 am
A post-game wrap: Virginia Tech 23, Georgia Tech 21

Thriller of game tonight -- even if not exactly well-played -- which is great for a TV viewing audience but not great for us writer types on deadline.

Thursday 11/12/2015
Updated: November 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
Virginia Tech edges Georgia Tech 23-21

ATLANTA — Bowl eligibility just got a whole lot more plausible for Frank Beamer on his farewell tour.

Posted: November 12, 2015 - 9:34 pm
Virginia Tech notebook: Beamer receives ovation from Yellow Jackets crowd

ATLANTA — Frank Beamer’s farewell tour began with a nice ovation from a host crowd.

Posted: November 12, 2015 - 9:02 pm
Halftime: Virginia Tech 14, Georgia Tech 14

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech won the first quarter, Virginia Tech the second. After 30 minutes, it’s all square at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Posted: November 12, 2015 - 11:17 am
Breaking down the Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech matchup

It's game day in Atlanta, but things between Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech don't get underway until 7:30 tonight on ESPN. Here's a breakdown of the matchup to get you through the day. But first, s...

Wednesday 11/11/2015
Posted: November 11, 2015 - 3:54 pm
Hokies feel good about kicking game with Slye on the field

BLACKSBURG — In warmups, Virginia Tech kicker Joey Slye will test his limits, pushing his kicks back farther and farther, even as teammates chide him about trying from ridiculous distances.

Posted: November 11, 2015 - 2:57 pm
Episode 38 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

Making a pit stop around Greenville, South Carolina, to post this podcast. We'll be in lovely Atlanta shortly.

Posted: November 11, 2015 - 11:32 am
Five questions with Georgia Tech beat writer Ken Sugiura

It's a screwy week, with the Thursday night game, so we're doing things a little bit out of order. And my apologies, but I'm not going to be able to fit a live chat in this week.

Tuesday 11/10/2015
Posted: November 10, 2015 - 9:42 am
Coaching turnover is 'where the business is going,' Loeffler says

It's a condensed week, so all of our interview sessions came fast and furious on Monday. Here's what I wrote yesterday in case you missed any of it:

Monday 11/09/2015
Posted: November 09, 2015 - 8:18 pm
Bud Foster on the Hokies: 'I don’t think this program needs a culture change'

The question was rhetorical, providing an answer everybody already knew, but defensive coordinator Bud Foster crystallized his feelings about the subject Monday night.

Posted: November 09, 2015 - 4:30 pm
Beamer excited to coach Virginia Tech in one last Thursday night contest

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech’s final three games are a fitting capper to retiring Hokies coach Frank Beamer’s career.

Posted: November 09, 2015 - 3:13 pm
VT-UNC game will be at noon; Hokies well-rested for GT despite hectic off week

Frank Beamer's final game at Lane Stadium will be a nooner. The ACC announced Virginia Tech and North Carolina will meet in Blacksburg on Nov. 21 at the fan base's most-despised time. Television is...

Sunday 11/08/2015
Posted: November 08, 2015 - 3:42 pm
Proper goodbye possible for Beamer

BLACKSBURG — After Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer told his players last week he’d be retiring at the end of the season, teary-eyed fullback Sam Rogers walked into running backs coach Shane Beamer...

Posted: November 08, 2015 - 9:17 am
Sunday reset: Money matters in coaching search, a decommit and GameDay's outlook

I enjoyed a nice Saturday of watching football on the couch for once. It was everything I imagined it would be, with great games, horrible officiating calls and season hopes going down the drain al...

Saturday 11/07/2015
Posted: November 07, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Next Hokies coaching staff will likely cost Tech more money

BLACKSBURG — When Virginia Tech finalized Frank Beamer’s first contract in 1987, the school agreed to pay the football coach a starting annual salary of $90,000, with some haggling that produced an...

Posted: November 07, 2015 - 7:47 am
If the Hokies make a bowl game, where might they go?

There'd be no finer way for the Hokies to send Frank Beamer out than to extend the school's bowl streak to 23 years. As Beamer has often said, he's never been to a bad bowl.

Friday 11/06/2015
Posted: November 06, 2015 - 11:13 am
Of all the major college football job openings, where does Virginia Tech's rank?

College football hasn't seen a coaching turnover this massive in recent memory, with 10 Football Bowl Subdivision jobs already open, including seven at Power 5 schools.

Thursday 11/05/2015
Posted: November 05, 2015 - 8:23 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

Great chat today. Well-attended and we got plenty of good discussion in about what might be in store for the next head coach at Virginia Tech. If you missed it earlier, read the replay at the botto...

Wednesday 11/04/2015
Posted: November 04, 2015 - 6:53 pm
Hokies fans aim to get ESPN's attention for one last Beamer GameDay

BLACKSBURG — Could ESPN’s College GameDay make one final appearance at Virginia Tech to pay tribute to retiring Hokies head coach Frank Beamer? An online movement sure would like to see it happen.

Posted: November 04, 2015 - 4:30 pm
Beamer gets high marks among current, former rivals

BLACKSBURG — Jim Grobe doesn’t like to bother his coaching friends during the season, so he hasn’t talked much lately to his golfing buddy, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer.

Posted: November 04, 2015 - 11:45 am
Episode 37 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

Hmm, anything to talk about this week?

Tuesday 11/03/2015
Posted: November 03, 2015 - 11:29 am
Who might Virginia Tech target as its next football coach? Here are some names

Now for the hard part: replacing a legend.

Posted: November 03, 2015 - 8:14 am
Complete coverage of Frank Beamer's retirement press conference

It was an emotional day at the Merryman Center yesterday, where Frank Beamer tearfully explained why he's retiring after this season.

Monday 11/02/2015
Posted: November 02, 2015 - 5:15 pm
Emotional Frank Beamer says retirement is 'right thing'

BLACKSBURG — Before Frank Beamer even stepped to the dais at his retirement news conference at Virginia Tech on Monday, the emotions of the day overwhelmed the Beamer family.

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