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Saturday 02/06/2016
Posted: February 06, 2016 - 4:29 pm
Hokies get jump on 2017 class with in-state commitment from four-star DE TyJuan Garbutt

The Hokies started the 2017 recruiting cycle off with a bang by getting a commitment from a big in-state defensive end.

Posted: February 06, 2016 - 10:05 am
Mailbag, Part II: Fuente's offensive approach, the timing of Gray's departure and previewing the Coastal

I got so many mailbag questions the other day that I'll spill them over into a Part II today. You can get to Part I here if you missed it.

Friday 02/05/2016
Posted: February 05, 2016 - 10:26 am
Hokies mailbag: Recruiting reactions, Gray's departure and potential replacements

Plenty of mailbag questions this week. The perceived lackluster finish to the Hokies' signing class and Torrian Gray's departure certainly riled up the masses. I might break some of this out to a s...

Thursday 02/04/2016
Posted: February 04, 2016 - 2:20 pm
Virginia Tech acknowledges Torrian Gray's departure for Florida

Hokies defensive backs coach Torrian Gray is leaving for Florida, as a source indicated Wednesday night, and Virginia Tech acknowledged as much Thursday.

Posted: February 04, 2016 - 11:15 am
A call for mailbag questions and a further breakdown of the Hokies' 2016 signing class

This is short notice to ask for mailbag questions, but I'm doing it anyway. I'll try to put answers together tomorrow if I can get a fresh batch of questions. Email me at andy.bitter@roanoke.com or...

Wednesday 02/03/2016
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 6:20 pm
Source: Torrian Gray leaving Hokies to become Florida's DBs coach

The coach most responsible for helping the Hokies lay claim to the moniker DBU is leaving to join Florida's staff, a source confirmed Wednesday night.

Posted: February 03, 2016 - 5:01 pm
Virginia Tech football coach Fuente pleased with first recruiting class

BLACKSBURG — The 2016 signing class wasn’t Virginia Tech’s highest-ranked, and the few recruits the Hokies tried to flip from other schools in the leadup to signing day mostly didn’t work out, but ...

Posted: February 03, 2016 - 11:00 am
What Virginia Tech had to say about the 2016 class on its webcast

Little bit of a change up here. Virginia Tech's starting its signing day webcast here in a few minutes. I'll put any pertinent information about these signess that comes from it on this post. So ke...

Posted: February 03, 2016 - 6:01 am
A running post: Virginia Tech on National Signing Day

National Signing Day -- aka Recruiting Christmas -- is finally here.

Tuesday 02/02/2016
Posted: February 02, 2016 - 12:36 pm
Hokies offensive lineman Austin Clark giving up football to focus on academics

Hokies offensive lineman Austin Clark knows it's tough to balance football and classes in college. It's why he's giving up the former to put more emphasis on the latter.

Posted: February 02, 2016 - 10:59 am
Which targets are left for the Hokies on the eve of signing day?

National Signing Day is tomorrow. As it stands, the Hokies have 19 commitments and a class ranked 48th by Rivals, 39th by 247 Sports' composite and 37th by ESPN.

Posted: February 02, 2016 - 9:39 am
Fuente adds four to Hokies' football support staff

What used to the be one of the smallest football staffs in the ACC continues to grow.

Monday 02/01/2016
Posted: February 01, 2016 - 11:22 am
Looking back at the Hokies' 2011 recruiting class five years later

Time for one of my favorite exercises of the year. National Signing Day is Wednesday, and it's a stone-cold guarantee that every coach in the country will be extremely pleased with the young men th...

Sunday 01/31/2016
Posted: January 31, 2016 - 6:24 pm
Fuente poised for recruiting success, just maybe not this year

BLACKSBURG — In his two months on the job, Justin Fuente learned quickly just how much weight the Virginia Tech logo on his jacket carries.

Posted: January 31, 2016 - 12:19 pm
Last recruiting weekend yields commitment from Florida DT Jarrod Hewitt for Hokies

Virginia Tech's last weekend push before National Signing Day on Wednesday has yielded at least one commitment so far.

Posted: January 31, 2016 - 10:05 am
Sunday links: Tyrod in the Pro Bowl, Senior Bowl redux and more

Having football withdrawal on this off week before the Super Bowl? Tyrod Taylor is here to help.

Saturday 01/30/2016
Posted: January 30, 2016 - 9:02 am
Hokies defensive end Dadi Nicolas set to play in Senior Bowl at 2:30 p.m. today

Dadi Nicolas is eager to wear the VT logo one more time.

Friday 01/29/2016
Posted: January 29, 2016 - 5:39 pm
Bryan Stinespring eager to undertake strange but exciting new opportunity at JMU

To save time getting all of the new football coaches at James Madison started, a human resource officer met with a handful of them at once to go over the paperwork.

Posted: January 29, 2016 - 10:30 am
Mailbag: Who will step up at cornerback in 2016 and where might the Hokies look for a punter?

Time for another edition of the mailbag, but first, two quick items: 

Thursday 01/28/2016
Posted: January 28, 2016 - 10:43 am
No other way to slice it: Hokies' d-line production disappointing in 2015

With 2015 in the books, spring ball a couple months away and a coaching change to factor in, it's an intriguing offseason for the Hokies. We'll spend the next couple weeks taking a look back at wha...

Wednesday 01/27/2016
Posted: January 27, 2016 - 9:04 am
Episode 47 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

Aaron McFarling and I are back with a new edition of the podcast.

Tuesday 01/26/2016
Posted: January 26, 2016 - 3:10 pm
ACC releases 2016 football schedule; Hokies have back-to-back Thursday nighters in October

Justin Fuente’s first season as Virginia Tech’s coach features a game at a racetrack, back-to-back Thursday nighters and a late-season trip to Notre Dame.

Updated: January 26, 2016 - 8:04 pm
Former Tech OC Stinespring to join JMU coaching staff

BLACKSBURG — Bryan Stinespring, who had been at Virginia Tech in various football roles since 1990, has accepted a position on James Madison’s staff.

Monday 01/25/2016
Posted: January 25, 2016 - 3:41 pm
Hokies get commitment from OL Silas Dzansi of Woodbridge

The Hokies got an offensive line commitment for the 2016 class on Monday, although Virginia Tech reportedly won't be his first stop.

Posted: January 25, 2016 - 10:53 am
Bills' Tyrod Taylor selected for his first Pro Bowl

Tyrod Taylor's first season as a starting quarterback in the NFL will end with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Posted: January 25, 2016 - 10:48 am
Hokies' o-line has numbers, experience in 2016, but will it lead to success?

Of all the position groups in football, the offensive line seems like the hardest to turn around. You don't do it on a dime.

Sunday 01/24/2016
Posted: January 24, 2016 - 10:28 am
Sunday links: Top games of 2015, a Bruce Arians story and more

SB Nation's Bill Connelly came out with the top 100 games of the 2015 season earlier this week and Virginia Tech made four appearances on the list.

Saturday 01/23/2016
Posted: January 23, 2016 - 9:19 am
Hokies DT Luther Maddy will play in Shrine Game at 4 p.m. today

In a locale much warmer than Blacksburg, Hokies defensive tackle Luther Maddy will play in the East-West Shrine Game today.

Friday 01/22/2016
Posted: January 22, 2016 - 11:05 am
Hokies mailbag: The conference revenue gap, RB and QB pecking orders and recruiting needs

With Snowmageddon fully upon us, you're not going anywhere anytime soon. So settle in and enjoy this mailbag. As usual, thanks to all the submissions. Keep sending them in via email at andy.bitter@...

Thursday 01/21/2016
Posted: January 21, 2016 - 7:30 am
Trey Edmunds plans to transfer to Maryland, concluding a what-if career at Virginia Tech

The first of the Edmunds brothers has moved on from Virginia Tech, and earlier than expected.

Wednesday 01/20/2016
Posted: January 20, 2016 - 9:04 am
Episode 46 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

Time for another podcast, which we're trying to do weekly even during the offseason.

Tuesday 01/19/2016
Posted: January 19, 2016 - 11:28 am
After a breakout season, what's running back Travon McMillian capable of in 2016?

With 2015 in the books, spring ball a couple months away and a coaching change to factor in, it's an intriguing offseason for the Hokies. We'll spend the next couple weeks taking a look back at wha...

Monday 01/18/2016
Posted: January 18, 2016 - 11:22 am
Making sense of Michael Brewer's career and what to expect from the quarterbacks under Justin Fuente

With 2015 in the books, spring ball a couple months away and a coaching change to factor in, it's an intriguing offseason for the Hokies. We'll spend the next couple weeks taking a look back at wha...

Sunday 01/17/2016
Posted: January 17, 2016 - 9:48 am
Sunday links: An NFL mock draft, a breakout year for Tyrod and more

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. came out with his initial first-round NFL mock draft, and it includes Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller.

Saturday 01/16/2016
Posted: January 16, 2016 - 9:47 am
Coleman, Hughes, Knowles to play in inaugural Tropic Bowl on Sunday

Three Hokies will participate this weekend in the Tropic Bowl, a new collegiate all-star game at North Miami Stadium in Florida.

Friday 01/15/2016
Posted: January 15, 2016 - 11:00 am
Mailbag: Was the Independence Bowl a troublesome sign for the Hokies' defense or an anomaly?

Time for the mailbag. Remember, you can send me questions anytime on email (andy.bitter@roanoke.com) or Twitter (@AndyBitterVT) and I'll try to get them in here.

Thursday 01/14/2016
Posted: January 14, 2016 - 8:05 pm
Punter Marshall Long commits to the Hokies for 2016 class

The Hokies might have found a replacement for departing punter A.J. Hughes on Thursday night.

Posted: January 14, 2016 - 10:51 am
What does Bucky Hodges' return mean for the Hokies' receiving corps in 2016?

Hokies coach Justin Fuente may have secured his most important 2016 commitment last night when All-ACC tight end Bucky Hodges put off his professional aspirations for at least another year to come ...

Wednesday 01/13/2016
Posted: January 13, 2016 - 5:42 pm
Tight end Bucky Hodges announces he's coming back to Virginia Tech for 2016

Bucky Hodges is putting off the NFL for at least another year.

Posted: January 13, 2016 - 8:58 am
Episode 45 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

You asked and asked and asked and FINALLY we listened. This podcast is now on iTunes.

Tuesday 01/12/2016
Posted: January 12, 2016 - 11:05 am
If Clemson can come that close to winning a national title in the playoff era, why not Virginia Tech?

For a moment, before Nick Saban called for the best onside kick since Sean Payton, it looked like Clemson was poised to win the national title. 

Monday 01/11/2016
Posted: January 11, 2016 - 10:31 am
Virginia Tech hires Ben Hilgart to lead strength and conditioning program

Virginia Tech hired New Mexico's Ben Hilgart to be its new associate athletics director for strength and conditioning on Monday, replacing long-time Frank Beamer aid Mike Gentry, who had been at th...

Sunday 01/10/2016
Posted: January 10, 2016 - 9:49 am
Sunday links: Scot Loeffler reportedly close to joining Boston College

Scott Loeffler is reportedly close to reuniting with his old boss Steve Addazio.

Saturday 01/09/2016
Posted: January 09, 2016 - 10:26 am
Hokies mailbag: Coaching salaries, football culture and defensive tweaks

It's time for the first mailbag of the offseason ... a day later than I anticipated running it.

Friday 01/08/2016
Posted: January 08, 2016 - 10:35 am
Total tab on Virginia Tech's football coaches in 2016: $6.54 million

Here's the Hokie High price for Virginia Tech's new coaching staff

Thursday 01/07/2016
Posted: January 07, 2016 - 2:12 pm
Hokies coach Justin Fuente on Bud Foster's title, the team's recruiting focus and the spring game date

Hokies coach Justin Fuente sat down with me and another reporter for an extended conversation this afternoon. We touched on a number of topics, which I'll expound on here:

Wednesday 01/06/2016
Posted: January 06, 2016 - 11:40 am
Episode 44 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

The football season's over, but the podcasts aren't. And this one's hot off the presses, recorded Wednesday morning.

Tuesday 01/05/2016
Posted: January 05, 2016 - 12:37 pm
Shane Beamer hired by Georgia as tight ends, special teams coach

Kirby Smart works long hours these days, preparing Alabama for Monday’s national title game in his current gig as the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator while putting a staff together for his new...

Posted: January 05, 2016 - 10:53 am
What to make of the ACC's bowl performance this season

There is one postseason game yet to play, and while not technically a bowl -- the College Football Playoff national title game operates outside of that definition -- it could largely color the perc...

Monday 01/04/2016
Posted: January 04, 2016 - 10:06 am
Hokies officially add Galen Scott as linebackers coach, complete staff

Virginia Tech officially completed its assistant coaching staff on Monday, adding Galen Scott as linebackers coach.

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