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Friday 09/04/2015
Posted: September 04, 2015 - 4:53 pm
Virginia Tech awaits the Buckeyes' QB decision just like the rest of the world

BLACKSBURG — Quarterback rooms don’t get much deeper than Ohio State’s, although Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster could think of at least one other time in Hokies history that a third-string signal caller caused problems for his group.

Posted: September 04, 2015 - 3:26 pm
Five questions with Ohio State beat writer Ari Wasserman

If you haven't noticed, there's a heck of a lot of time to fill before this Monday night opener. I think I'm reaching the point where I can't possibly write anything new about this matchup.

Thursday 09/03/2015
Posted: September 03, 2015 - 6:11 pm
Virginia Tech expects another bruising game from No. 1 Buckeyes

BLACKSBURG — When the Virginia Tech football coaches popped in film this week of last year’s Ohio State game, they were once again struck by the sheer physicality of the Buckeyes.

Posted: September 03, 2015 - 9:06 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

All the answers you could possibly want about the Ohio State game are in this week's live chat. OK, that might be overselling it. But I did try to answer as many questions as possible over an hour and a half today. Read the replay below.

Wednesday 09/02/2015
Posted: September 02, 2015 - 8:11 pm
Versatile Bucky Hodges continues to expand his horizons for Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech billed it simply as a spring football experiment.

Posted: September 02, 2015 - 4:19 pm
Virginia Tech unveils unis for Ohio State; plus episode 29 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

Virginia Tech's uniforms for the Ohio State game are officially out. The Hokies will have a maroon on maroon ensemble to go with their shiny orange helmets. (I'm not sure why there's blurring in the picture they released. Perhaps because Tech's players are running so fast?)

Tuesday 09/01/2015
Posted: September 01, 2015 - 9:54 pm
Practice report: Ohio State reminds Scot Loeffler of Urban Meyer's great Florida teams

We spoke to (mostly) offensive players Tuesday night, and here are some notes and quotes from that as usual.

Posted: September 01, 2015 - 7:34 pm
Virginia Tech's defense on mission to slow down Buckeyes attack

BLACKSBURG — Searching the memory bank of the most talented offenses his defenses have faced, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster settled on a couple of teams.

Monday 08/31/2015
Posted: August 31, 2015 - 9:21 pm
Practice report: Barrett or Jones at QB for Ohio State? Hokies say they're prepared for both

I wrote about everything that came out of the press conference earlier Monday, which you can read here. Now it's time for some notes and quotes from interviews with defensive coaches and players Monday night.

Posted: August 31, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Beamer: Challenge of playing unanimous No. 1 Ohio State is significant & more press conference notes

The first press conference of the year is in the books and it was, shall we say, uneventful. There were some things of note to come of it, however. Here's what was said:

Sunday 08/30/2015
Posted: August 30, 2015 - 5:19 pm
Hokies will wear helmet stickers against Ohio State to honor WDBJ shooting victims

Virginia Tech unveiled special metallic orange helmets for its season opening game against Ohio State on Labor Day night, but it's what he Hokies added to them that has extra meaning.

Posted: August 30, 2015 - 9:38 am
Sunday links: Our college football preview section is finally out

It's less than a week to the start of the college football season and a little over a week until the Hokies and Buckeyes clash in Lane Stadium on Labor Day. So it's finally time for our college football preview section to come out in The Roanoke Times.

Saturday 08/29/2015
Posted: August 29, 2015 - 9:48 am
Where are some national outlets picking the Hokies to finish in the ACC?

Unbelievably this never-ending offseason still has nine days until the Hokies take on Ohio State on Labor Day night. I mean, who knows how many more coaches might be fired before then?

Friday 08/28/2015
Posted: August 28, 2015 - 10:02 am
Hokies intend to redshirt Walker, Settle; plus some more d-line notes

Athletic director Whit Babcock put a swift end to a pretty dumb idea about fining players that has drawn national attention. I wrote about it in today's paper, with some pictures of what the ridiculous accompanying fines were.

Thursday 08/27/2015
Posted: August 27, 2015 - 9:27 am
Hokies AD Whit Babcock offers clarification on player fines, shuts down entire system

Whit Babcock probably didn't envision his night at the Blacksburg Sports Club ending like this. 

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 8:23 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

We chatted Virginia Tech football during the lunch hour today. If you missed it, the replay is at the very bottom of this post.

Wednesday 08/26/2015
Posted: August 26, 2015 - 8:35 pm
Virginia Tech football's fine system shut down before it starts

As quickly as the Virginia Tech football team’s idea of fining players as a disciplinary measure came, it went.

Posted: August 26, 2015 - 8:12 am
Wednesday reset: A McMillian story, Vick signs with Steelers and Loeffler mic'd up

There are more interviews tonight with players and coaches, but this should tide you over until then. As a reminder, I'll be doing a live chat again Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday 08/25/2015
Posted: August 25, 2015 - 1:44 pm
Former Hokies football coach Charlie Coffey dies at 81

Charlie Coffey, who had a three-year run as the Hokies' head football coach in the early '70s, died at his home in Shelbyville, Tennessee, on Monday night at age 81. Virginia Tech announced his passing Tuesday.

Posted: August 25, 2015 - 10:57 am
Bryan Stinespring breaks down the Hokies' versatile group of tight ends

It was a sparse interview crowd on Monday, but tight ends coach Bryan Stinespring spoke with reporters for the first time this August, providing some insight to his tight end group.

Monday 08/24/2015
Posted: August 24, 2015 - 6:45 pm
Monday wrap: Fisher, Payne transferring, Lawson learning, Patriots comps aplenty

Aaaaand we're back. My weekend golf jaunt to Minnesota is over. How'd it go, you ask? The first day was great. The second day we're never speaking of again.

Sunday 08/23/2015
Posted: August 23, 2015 - 10:24 am
Sunday links: A scrimmage summary, plus Tyrod continues to impress in Buffalo

The Hokies' second scrimmage is in the books. I did not attend yesterday, since I was out of town, but there were plenty of people who did. 

Saturday 08/22/2015
Posted: August 22, 2015 - 10:53 am
Which Hokies true freshmen might play this year? Here's a best guess

Virginia Tech will hold its second and likely last open scrimmage today at 3:15 in Lane Stadium, so if you want to see the Hokies in action before the season, this is probably your final opportunity.

Friday 08/21/2015
Posted: August 21, 2015 - 9:44 am
Reynolds, Alexander part of Hokies' young stable of reserve DBs who will likely play

There's no official initiation to Defensive Back University, per se. The Hokies freshmen simply have to sing or rap at the request of the older players, a rite of passage last winter's early enrollees Mook Reynolds and Adonis Alexander thought they'd avoided at first.

Thursday 08/20/2015
Posted: August 20, 2015 - 8:52 pm
Practice report: Facyson's other leg, whip diversity and Mook 'off the dome'

The Hokies had their 12th August practice Thursday evening, a workout that was interrupted by a downpour in the middle. No matter. All it did was send the players scurrying to the nearby indoor facility. A nice investment that was.

Posted: August 20, 2015 - 8:14 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

We chatted again. Live, in fact. And the replay is available below for anyone who couldn't stop by this afternoon.

Wednesday 08/19/2015
Posted: August 19, 2015 - 11:04 am
Hokies' search for backup receivers continues, but Burden more confident in group

Demitri Knowles is plenty aware of his surroundings. He hears things. He reads about how Virginia Tech is in dire need of receivers to step up behind standout sophomores Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips.

Posted: August 19, 2015 - 7:27 am
Free Brad Paisley concert announced in Blacksburg for night before Virginia Tech-Ohio State game

The worst-kept secret in Blacksburg is finally out.

Tuesday 08/18/2015
Posted: August 18, 2015 - 8:29 pm
Practice report: Nijman, Osterloh stepping up on o-line & Marshawn's not crazy about redshirt talk

First off, the Hokies will hold another open scrimmage in Lane Stadium on Saturday starting at 3:15 p.m. Fans are welcome to come.

Posted: August 18, 2015 - 9:34 am
Tuesday reset: Season tickets sell out, RIP Wyatt's mullet and a scrimmage review

Virginia Tech has interviews after tonight's practice, so we'll have some more information then from the offensive side of the ball. In the meantime, here are a few loose odds and ends:

Monday 08/17/2015
Posted: August 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
'Big baby' Tim Settle a camp curiosity, although role this year might be hard to find

Forget the interception for a second. The highlight of the Hokies' first August scrimmage on Saturday no doubt shows the full range of athletic abilities possessed by Tech's biggest camp curiosity, 350-pound freshman defensive tackle Tim Settle.

Sunday 08/16/2015
Posted: August 16, 2015 - 4:23 pm
Sunday links: Media day redux; NFL preseason games galore

We wrote a lot from the Hokies' media day yesterday, and those stories will lead off this week's Sunday links:

Saturday 08/15/2015
Posted: August 15, 2015 - 7:24 pm
Virginia Tech notebook: Newcomers Lawson, Settle off to strong starts

BLACKSBURG — If the Hokies plan to redshirt quarterback Dwayne Lawson and defensive tackle Tim Settle this year, the freshmen sure are making it a difficult decision.

Posted: August 15, 2015 - 5:49 pm
DT Tim Settle's interception highlights Hokies' scrimmage on Saturday

How do you inject some life into the latter stages of an August scrimmage in 90-degree heat? Have a 350-pound man-child intercept a pass.

Posted: August 15, 2015 - 1:52 pm
Ten somewhat interesting things from the Hokies' media day

Lots and lots of words were uttered today at Virginia Tech's media day. I'm sifting through the interviews now. Here are 10 things you might find interesting.

Friday 08/14/2015
Posted: August 14, 2015 - 8:53 am
Friday reset: Stroman, Knowles, Alleyne, tickets and Fan Day

The Hokies have now been in preseason practice for a week. Here are a few odds and ends today:

Thursday 08/13/2015
Posted: August 13, 2015 - 8:33 am
Read a replay of today's chat; Hokies have open scrimmage Saturday

Rejoice, anyone who wanted to watch practice! Contrary to the initial schedule, the Hokies are actually opening things up after Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday.

Wednesday 08/12/2015
Posted: August 12, 2015 - 11:36 am
Shane Beamer breaks down the Hokies' running backs

Running backs coach Shane Beamer spoke at length yesterday about a variety of topics, including his dad's energy, Scot Loeffler trying to have some healthier habits this season and more.

Tuesday 08/11/2015
Posted: August 11, 2015 - 3:37 pm
Odds and ends: Bristol, Metallica, Paisley, Settle, Frank and more

It was a dog and pony show today at Virginia Tech, with the Hokies and the Bristol Motor Speedway doing a joint photo op that included a few players and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon.

Monday 08/10/2015
Posted: August 10, 2015 - 10:52 am
Small but tough, RB J.C. Coleman has proved his doubters wrong

The weight room video went viral this summer.

Sunday 08/09/2015
Posted: August 09, 2015 - 2:18 pm
Hokies add first DE commitment in 2016 class from North Carolina's Jimmie Taylor

The Hokies landed their first defensive end commitment in the 2016 class Sunday from Jimmie Taylor of Jacksonville, North Carolina. was the first to report his decision.

Posted: August 09, 2015 - 10:20 am
Sunday links: Randall, Furrer, Coles head Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame list

Virginia Tech's 2015 Sports Hall of Fame class is football heavy.

Saturday 08/08/2015
Posted: August 08, 2015 - 9:37 am
Examining the Hokies' initial August depth chart

The hoopla of Day 1 of preseason practice is over, in its wake a mound of information and quotes that'll it'll take a few days to entirely sift through.

Friday 08/07/2015
Posted: August 07, 2015 - 8:58 pm
Day 1 wrap: Facyson's health, a rover breakdown and Vick's message

Day 1 of Virginia Tech's preseason practice is in the books. I wrote about it for Saturday's paper but figured I'd add a little bit more to expand on it from interviews we had Friday night.

Posted: August 07, 2015 - 8:34 pm
Hokies get football preseason started with high hopes

BLACKSBURG — Sitting in a chair at an observation deck high above the action, Hokies coach Frank Beamer alternated watching the indoor and outdoor fields at Virginia Tech’s first preseason practice Friday.

Posted: August 07, 2015 - 4:10 pm
Running back Shai McKenzie reinstated by Hokies, suspended for Ohio State

Running back Shai McKenzie has been reinstated to the Virginia Tech football team, five months after his arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but he'll be suspended for the team's season opener against Ohio State.

Thursday 08/06/2015
Posted: August 06, 2015 - 5:37 pm
Blacksburg's Spring Road renamed for long-time Hokies coach Frank Beamer (with video)

Frank Beamer will now drive to work on Beamer Way.

Posted: August 06, 2015 - 8:29 am
Thursday reset: Reavis going JUCO, cash for Cassell's court and Skip gets NFL shot

The Hokies report today, with practice starting tomorrow, so this is the final day of treading water on the blog. But there are a few things to touch on today:

Wednesday 08/05/2015
Posted: August 05, 2015 - 10:18 am
Hokies camp countdown: Top five most intriguing players

We at the blog have looked at five position battles to watch this August and five players with something to prove.

Tuesday 08/04/2015
Posted: August 04, 2015 - 3:34 pm
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon returns to Virginia Tech

Linebacker Dahman McKinnon has returned to the Virginia Tech football team after leaving last offseason.

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