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.
Whit Babcock probably didn't envision his night at the Blacksburg Sports Club ending like this.
We chatted Virginia Tech football during the lunch hour today. If you missed it, the replay is at the very bottom of this post.
As quickly as the Virginia Tech football team’s idea of fining players as a disciplinary measure came, it went.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We chatted again. Live, in fact. And the replay is available below for anyone who couldn't stop by this afternoon.
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.
The worst-kept secret in Blacksburg is finally out.
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.
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:
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.
We wrote a lot from the Hokies' media day yesterday, and those stories will lead off this week's Sunday links:
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.
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.
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.
The Hokies have now been in preseason practice for a week. Here are a few odds and ends today:
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.
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.
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.
The weight room video went viral this summer.
The Hokies landed their first defensive end commitment in the 2016 class Sunday from Jimmie Taylor of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Rivals.com was the first to report his decision.
Virginia Tech's 2015 Sports Hall of Fame class is football heavy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frank Beamer will now drive to work on Beamer Way.
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:
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon has returned to the Virginia Tech football team after leaving last offseason.
If you missed the top five position battles to expect in August, you can get to it here.
ESPN is coming to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech's season opener against Ohio State, but you won't be seeing Lee Corso wearing a mascot head.
Would you believe there are still four more days until the start of Virginia Tech's August practice?
NFL training camps are in full swing, the latest sign that the football season is just around the corner. (The Hokies have their first practice Friday.)
Virginia Tech's 2016 wide receiver class grew by one Saturday.
Backup Hokies defensive end Melvin Keihn has requested a release from his scholarship at Virginia Tech and is no longer on the roster, an athletic department spokesman confirmed Thursday.
Ohio State won't be at full strength coming into Lane Stadium.
The mailbag continues. If you missed Part I, you can get to it here.
BLACKSBURG — Sophomore safety C.J. Reavis lost his appeal to a Virginia Tech student conduct decision and remains dismissed from the university, an outcome his lawyer blasted as “completely unwarranted” and a “tragic decision.”
I got enough questions this week that I'll have to go at least three days on the mailbag. Let's dive in:
Frank Beamer flew up to ESPN"s campus in Bristol, Connecticut, to do a day's worth of interviews on various platforms Tuesday. They call it the "Car Wash," most likely because they're such big fans of Rose Royce.
The Hokies continued to add to their 2016 recruiting class with a commitment from Divine Deablo, a wide receiver from Mount Tabor High in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Charles Calvin (Big Daddy) Duncan, 64, of Roanoke, Va., passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015. Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Oakey's North Chapel, 540-362-1237.
James Edward "Ed" DeHart, Jr. passed away, on Monday, August 24, 2015. He was born in Martinsville, on January 2, 1959, to his parents, Mary Frances Haynes DeHart and James Edward DeHart, Sr.Ed worked at Val-Com in Roanoke, for twenty-seven years and was a member of Mill Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing the guitar and had a love for music.He is survived by his parents, Mary Frances Haynes DeHart and James Edward DeHart, Sr. of Henry; and sister, Sharon D. Thurman and husband, Larry B. Thurman; children, Brie Thurman and Adam Thurman all of Martinsville.The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel on Saturday, August 29, 2015, with Pastor Dr. Brian Goard. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel and other times at the parents' home, 7406 Henry Road Henry, VA 24102. Burial will be following the service at Mill Creek Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mill Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 6200 Henry Road Henry, VA 24102 or to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1834, Merrifield, VA 22116.Norris Funeral Services Inc. and Crematory Martinsville, VA, 1500 Kings Mountain Road, Martinsville, VA 24112 is serving the DeHart family.Online condolences may be made at www.NorrisFuneral.com.
Emily Campbell Gordon, 93, of Fieldale, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2015, at King's Grant Victory Chapel, Martinsville. Arrangements by Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory, 276-628-2778.
Georgianna Bella Conner Link, 85, of Bristol, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015, at Maberry Funeral Home, 540-745-2121.