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Sunday 03/01/2015
Sunday links: J.C. Coleman finishes 5th in 60-meter dash as Virginia Tech claims ACC indoor track title
Posted: March 01, 2015 - 10:30 am

J.C. Coleman's season to remember carried over to indoor track Saturday.

Saturday 02/28/2015
Which NFL Hokies could be coveted in free agency?
Posted: February 28, 2015 - 10:20 am

There seems to be a lot of good NFL players on the free agent market this offseason, which will be finalized Monday, and a few former Hokies are among that group.

Friday 02/27/2015
Slye family, friends starting Selfless Selfie campaign to honor lost loved one
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 7:30 am

By now many of you are familiar with the story of A.J. Slye, the older brother of Hokies kicker Joey Slye, who died a year ago today after a 14-month battle with cancer.

Thursday 02/26/2015
Hampton athlete Jovonn Quillen is Hokies' first 2016 in-state commitment
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Virginia Tech picked up its first in-state commitment for 2016 on Thursday night from Hampton athlete Jovonn Quillen.

Detrick Bonner sets focus on pro day after being limited by toe injury at NFL combine
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 9:50 am

Detrick Bonner wanted to compete at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week, but he knew it wouldn't be smart. Not with the toe injury he suffered last month at the Shrine Game.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
How attractive of a head coaching job is Virginia Tech's?
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 10:35 am

The folks at ESPN are undertaking an interesting exercise during one of the least busy times of year when it comes to college football.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Wrapping up the Hokies' performances at the NFL combine
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 10:15 am

One big step in the NFL draft process is over, with the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis concluding Monday.

Monday 02/23/2015
Bonner, Jarrett take the field for workouts at NFL combine
Posted: February 23, 2015 - 8:55 am

Friday was Laurence Gibson's day. Now it's Detrick Bonner and Kyshoen Jarrett's turn to do on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combing.

Sunday 02/22/2015
South Carolina WR Samuel Denmark commits to Hokies
Posted: February 22, 2015 - 11:40 pm

Virginia Tech continued its run of out-of-state recruiting late Sunday night by adding a 2016 commitment from receiver Samuel Denmark of Charleston, South Carolina.

Sunday links: Freshman ineligibility an out-of-touch, insulting idea
Posted: February 22, 2015 - 10:25 am

I had to check the date earlier this week to make sure it wasn't April Fool's Day when news broke that a group of people with legitimate positions in a 21st century athletic conference were actually entertaining the idea of making college freshmen ineligible.

Saturday 02/21/2015
Troy Pride Jr. the latest DB to commit to Virginia Tech
Posted: February 21, 2015 - 12:01 am

Virginia Tech is filling up its defensive back spots early in the 2016 class.

Friday 02/20/2015
Workout day for Hokies lineman Laurence Gibson at the NFL combine
Posted: February 20, 2015 - 8:35 am

The Underwear Olympics get into full swing today at the NFL Scouting Combine when the offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists hit the field in Indianapolis for workouts.

Thursday 02/19/2015
Offseason injury updates: LB Devin Vandyke likely headed for medical disqualification
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 8:00 am

Virginia Tech head athletic trainer Mike Goforth rattled off a list of offseason injury updates to Frank Beamer's website on Wednesday night. 

Wednesday 02/18/2015
Relationships the key to Zohn Burden's coaching, recruiting success
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Nearly everything new Virginia Tech wide receivers coach Zohn Burden has accomplished in his professional life he credits to relationships, be it starting out as a receiver at VMI, getting his coaching start at Fork Union or moving on to jobs at Old Dominion and Richmond.

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Super Mailbag, Part IV: The speed round edition
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 11:15 am

We've reached the end of the line on this edition of the mailbag, so I'll hit one question in-depth to start this post and try to briefly run through most of the rest of the questions I got. (And I apologize if I couldn't hit all of them.)

Monday 02/16/2015
Super Mailbag, Part III: Playoff tweaks, money matters and impact freshmen
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 10:50 am

It's going to snow a lot, and the area is pretty much paralyzed with fear. So let's give you a nice indoor activity and continue with this mailbag. Click on these links if you missed Part I and Part II.

Sunday 02/15/2015
Sunday links: How big of underdogs will the Hokies be against Ohio State?
Posted: February 15, 2015 - 9:48 am

The college football season doesn't start for another six and a half months, but that doesn't mean people aren't thinking about the season opener. Especially the oddsmakers.

Saturday 02/14/2015
With Burden's deal done, Hokies' staff salaries set for 2015
Posted: February 14, 2015 - 9:40 am

New Hokies wide receivers coach Zohn Burden will make about what former coach Aaron Moorehead was going to make this year.

Friday 02/13/2015
Super Mailbag, Part II: Running back recoveries, Beamer's health and spring unknowns
Posted: February 13, 2015 - 11:20 am

The mailbag rolls on. If you missed Part I, you can get to it here.

Thursday 02/12/2015
Super Mailbag, Part I: Tackling the quarterback questions
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 11:40 am

I got an overwhelming number of mailbag questions, so I'm going to stretch this sucker out over the next couple of days. As expected, I got plenty of questions abut the quarterback situation, so we'll start there:

Wednesday 02/11/2015
Frank Beamer has been Virginia Tech's head coach for a long time ... in graph form
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 10:08 am

All of the head coaching hires this offseason have been made -- for now. Central Michigan's John Bonamego was the latest, rounding out the Football Bowl Subdivision's 128 head coaches.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Bud Foster on Hokies' defensive signing class: 'We fit all of our needs'
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 12:15 pm

In terms of numbers, Virginia Tech didn't sign too many more defensive players in 2015 than it has in past classes.

Monday 02/09/2015
Hokies' 2015 signing class light on skill players, but Tech high on Lawson, McClease
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 11:45 am

High school coaches are sure to trumpet their own players. It's what they do. But when college programs start hearing good things from the coaches who played against those players, it carries a lot of weight.

Bitter: A call for Virginia Tech football offseason mailbag questions
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 12:01 am

We're officially in a lull for football news, with signing day complete, the NFL combine the only thing in the queue and spring football still a month and a half away. I think even the coaches try to get away for a little time off this time of year.

Sunday 02/08/2015
Hokies TE Bucky Hodges charged with public intoxication
Updated: February 10, 2015 - 9:56 am

(Correction: An early edition of this story said this was Hodges' second offense since November. That is incorrect. That charge was for someone with the same name. The Roanoke Times regrets the error.)

Sunday links: Gray, Stinespring ranked as Hokies' top recruiters in 2015 class
Posted: February 08, 2015 - 9:28 am

Assigning credit to coaches for which recruits they land in a given cycle can be difficult, particularly in Virginia Tech's case, where tag-team recruiting is usually done by a couple of staff members.

Saturday 02/07/2015
Baltimore CB Kareem Felder commits to Hokies for 2016
Posted: February 07, 2015 - 10:10 am

Virginia Tech continued its habit of grabbing defensive backs early in the recruiting process Saturday when it got a 2016 commitment from Baltimore cornerback Kareem Felder.

Friday 02/06/2015
Gibson, Bonner, Jarrett on official list for NFL combine
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Three Hokies will be among the 323 players heading to Indianapolis later this month for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Stinespring, Hokies 'roll with the punches' of recruiting hits and misses, plus more signing day notes
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 11:45 am

National Signing Day is usually a mass of information coming at you all at once, so I like to partition it out a little bit over a few days to make it easier to consume. (Click here, here, here and here for previous signing day posts/stories.)

Thursday 02/05/2015
Analyzing the Hokies' 2015 signing class
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 11:06 am

Signing Day is over, mercifully. Yesterday was a mass of information coming at you about all the new signees.

Wednesday 02/04/2015
Hokies go big in 2015 signing class, replenishing lines on both sides of the ball
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Every coach in the country thinks his team got better on signing day, although the full merits of each class won’t become clear for years.

The Hokies' running National Signing Day post
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 6:25 am

It's National Signing Day, what the Hokies expect to be a relatively drama free day of 2015 recruits sending in their letters of intent.

Tuesday 02/03/2015
Looking back at the Hokies' 2010 recruiting class five years later
Posted: February 03, 2015 - 11:35 am

Signing Day is Wednesday, when everyone tries to proclaim who the stars and sleepers are in every class across the country. (Spoiler: every college coach in the nation is pleased with his haul.)

Monday 02/02/2015
Tom Brady's historic Super Bowl success not surprising to long-time friend Scot Loeffler
Posted: February 02, 2015 - 4:10 pm

He’s older now, with more recruiting responsibilities as National Signing Day nears, so Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler didn’t attend last night’s Super Bowl to watch his good friend Tom Brady play like he had several times before.

Hokies hire ODU's Zohn Burden as new wide receivers coach
Posted: February 02, 2015 - 9:15 am

For its news receivers coach, the Hokies once again went young and once again went after a recruiter.

Sunday 02/01/2015
Sunday links: Chancellor aiming to be in exclusive Hokie Super Bowl club
Posted: February 01, 2015 - 10:10 am

Last year Kam Chancellor joined a short list of Virginia Tech players who have won a Super Bowl. The Seahawks safety hopes to join a more exclusive club today.

Saturday 01/31/2015
Despite email snafu, Laurence Gibson will play in today's College Gridiron Showcase
Posted: January 31, 2015 - 9:10 am

Laurence Gibson is the latest Hokie who will play in a college showcase game, although he almost didn't make it because of an email snafu.

Friday 01/30/2015
Year in review: Big plays bugged Hokies secondary, but final numbers still weren't bad
Posted: January 30, 2015 - 11:38 am

The Hokies' strange 2014 season, which included a win against the eventual national champion but also six occasionally head-scratching losses, is in the books. We'll spend the next couple weeks taking a look back at what happened last season and what it might mean for the future.

Thursday 01/29/2015
Some thoughts on the 2015 ACC football schedule
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Virginia Tech's 2015 football schedule is set, as is the entire ACC's. Read those links for the particulars, but here are a few more thoughts on the schedule:

Virginia Tech's 2015 schedule features Friday but no Thursday night game in Lane Stadium
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 9:51 am

Virginia Tech's 2015 schedule features home games on a Monday and Friday but not Thursday night as Hokies fans have grown accustomed.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
2014 in review: Despite consistency issues, Clarke was a major factor in spots
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 11:25 am

The Hokies' strange 2014 season, which included a win against the eventual national champion but also six occasionally head-scratching losses, is in the books. We'll spend the next couple weeks taking a look back at what happened last season and what it might mean for the future.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
UNC-Wake agreement might not start a trend but at least puts spotlight on ACC's scheduling problem
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 10:00 am

Yesterday, Wake Forest and North Carolina, two original ACC members, took an unprecedented step of scheduling a pair of games against each other that will be non-conference contests.

Monday 01/26/2015
2014 in review: Once again, Hokies' defensive line produced in bunches
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 11:23 am

The Hokies' strange 2014 season, which included a win against the eventual national champion but also six occasionally head-scratching losses, is in the books. We'll spend the next couple weeks taking a look back at what happened last season and what it might mean for the future.

Sunday 01/25/2015
Sunday links: Duane Brown representing Virginia Tech in tonight's Pro Bowl
Posted: January 25, 2015 - 9:55 am

The world is not devoid of football today. Just defensive football.

Saturday 01/24/2015
Hokies near the top of the ACC in returning starters for 2015
Posted: January 24, 2015 - 10:20 am

Noted college football analyst Phil Steele recently posted to his blog a list of how many returning starters every team in the country will have in 2015, and the Hokies are up near the top.

Friday 01/23/2015
Reports: ODU's Zohn Burden interviewing for Hokies' WR job
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 9:01 am

Old Dominion wide receivers coach Zohn Burden will interview today for the Hokies vacant wide receivers job, according to multiple reports.

Thursday 01/22/2015
Virginia Tech announces 'Pylons of Promise' program that commits to recent NCAA reforms
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Virginia Tech wasted no time in committing to the reforms enacted at last week's NCAA convention.

2014 in review: Injuries, lack of depth contributed to trying season on the o-line
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 11:38 am

The Hokies' strange 2014 season, which included a win against the eventual national champion but also six occasionally head-scratching losses, is in the books. We'll spend the next couple weeks taking a look back at what happened last season and what it might mean for the future.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
2014 in review: Tight ends rapidly became a focal point of the offense
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 11:10 am

The Hokies' strange 2014 season, which included a win against the eventual national champion but also six occasionally head-scratching losses, is in the books. We'll spend the next couple weeks taking a look back at what happened last season and what it might mean for the future.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Odds and ends as the new Virginia Tech semester starts; Beamer updates his recovery process
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 10:40 am

Class starts again today at Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer's website, which has been intermittent with its updates lately, has had a couple with a few things of interest in the last few days.

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