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Tuesday 06/02/2015
What does Andrew Ford's transfer mean for the Hokies?
Posted: June 02, 2015 - 10:24 am

Something had to give.

Monday 06/01/2015
Hokies quarterback Andrew Ford granted scholarship release, seeks transfer
Posted: June 01, 2015 - 10:24 pm

The first quarterback Hokies offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler recruited to Virginia Tech is looking for a new place to play.

Hokies offseason position glimpse: Defensive backs
Posted: June 01, 2015 - 10:33 am

We're finishing up the defense today. If you missed previous entries, get to them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers and tight ends | Offensive line | Defensive line | Linebackers

Sunday 05/31/2015
Sunday links: SEC revenue figures show widending gap for ACC
Posted: May 31, 2015 - 10:33 am

The Power 5 schools are starting to reveal their revenue numbers, a chest-thumping exercise that occurs around each league's spring meetings.

Saturday 05/30/2015
A brief history of time of the Hokies' indoor facility (in pictures)
Posted: May 30, 2015 - 11:35 am

I was bored yesterday and it was nice out, so I  went over to the fields by Lane Stadium to take some updated pictures of the soon-to-be-completed $21.3 million indoor practice facility.

Friday 05/29/2015
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Linebackers
Posted: May 29, 2015 - 10:34 am

We're approaching the stretch run of the offseason position-by-position looks today. If you missed previous entries, get to them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers and tight ends | Offensive line | Defensive line

Thursday 05/28/2015
A closer look: Virginia Tech athletic department revenues hit $73 million in 2013-14
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 11:07 am

On Tuesday, the USA Today released its comprehensive look at the finances of all the public university athletic departments in the country. 

Wednesday 05/27/2015
All 21 of Hokies' athletic teams make NCAA's APR grade
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 1:37 pm

All 21 of Virginia Tech's athletic teams made the grade in the most recent release of Academic Progress Rate data by the NCAA.

A look at the ACC over/unders: Hokies listed at 8 wins
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 10:18 am

The USA Today released its financial analysis of each public athletic department Tuesday, but the offshore site also released over/under win totals for nearly all of the Power 5 teams this season.

Tuesday 05/26/2015
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Defensive line
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 11:01 am

Summer school starts today at Virginia Tech. There were no enrollees from the Hokies' freshman class. Those players usually wait for the second summer session to arrive.

Sunday 05/24/2015
Sunday links: Fuller, Nicolas on's list of top college defenders
Posted: May 24, 2015 - 10:09 am

If this list on of college football's best defenders is accurate, Bud Foster's group should be in good shape this year.

Saturday 05/23/2015
Ranking the ACC's head football coaches
Posted: May 23, 2015 - 8:10 am

You know it's the height of the offseason when publications begin putting out rankings of college football's coaches. It means there's officially nothing to talk about.

Friday 05/22/2015
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Offensive line
Posted: May 22, 2015 - 10:53 am

We continue our offseason position-by-position looks today. If you missed previous entries, get to them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers and tight ends

Thursday 05/21/2015
Are the Hokies a borderline top 25 team? According to math, yes
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 10:47 am

The truth of the offseason is that there is very little new information that comes out that directly impacts what will happen in the fall.

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Will the Hokies ever have a receiver join the 1,000-yard or 10-touchdown club?
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 11:50 am

We kicked off the reader-submitted questions I asked for last week with a look at how some coaches have fared once they hit 68.

Tuesday 05/19/2015
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Receivers and tight ends
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 11:30 am

We're continuing our offseason position-by-position looks today. If you missed previous entries, get to them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs

Monday 05/18/2015
Stories? Yeah, Dave Smith's got a few. Here are some that didn't make today's article
Posted: May 18, 2015 - 10:35 am

As I wrote in today's paper, retiring Virginia Tech sports information director Dave Smith has got stories from his 40 years in Blacksburg. So many, in fact, that I couldn't pack them all into an article that was pretty lengthy as it was.

Sunday 05/17/2015
Sunday links: National writer bullish on the Hokies
Posted: May 17, 2015 - 9:36 am

Count FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel as another national writer who is high on the Hokies this year. 

Saturday 05/16/2015
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Running backs
Posted: May 16, 2015 - 10:02 am

Back to the position-by-position looks this offseason. If you missed the start of the series, click here to read about the quarterbacks.

Friday 05/15/2015
Early-season kickoff times announced; Ohio State game at 8 p.m., Furman at 3:30
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 12:04 pm

At least one third of Virginia Tech's 2015 football games won't be noon starts.

Virginia Tech football players past and present walking in graduation today
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 8:54 am

As you can tell from all the traffic in Blacksburg, it's graduation day at Virginia Tech. Over a dozen Hokies football players past and present are graduating or walking today and finishing things up this summer.

Thursday 05/14/2015
How have other college coaches fared once they hit age 68?
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 9:22 am

I asked and you responded. After requesting research-intensive questions about the Hokies, I got about 50 emails in the last couple days, all with pretty good ideas. So forgive me if I can't get to yours right away. Again, I plan on this being a summerlong thing (and possibly ongoing). 

Wednesday 05/13/2015
A look back at the talent on the field in the 2001 Virginia Tech-Miami game
Posted: May 13, 2015 - 11:04 am

It seems to be a popular thing nowadays to look back at certain games many years later and see how much NFL talent was on the field at the time.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Quarterbacks
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:20 am

Big thanks to everyone who sent in questions based on yesterday's post. I've got a lot of interesting things to dive into intermittently here in the offseason. Continue to send questions if you've got them. This will be an ongoing thing this summer.

Monday 05/11/2015
Got an in-depth or research-intensive question about the Hokies? Ask it here
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 8:55 am

With a solid two-plus months until college football really starts gearing up again, the blog has a lot of time to fill. So I'm asking you, the readers, for some help.

Sunday 05/10/2015
Sunday links: Where do the Hokies fit in the post-spring ACC rankings?
Posted: May 10, 2015 - 9:55 am

Let's be clear: there's no such thing as official post-spring rankings. It's a little exercise we media members do to fill the time and encourage debate, so this is all a mythical rankings discussion.

Saturday 05/09/2015
Which Hokies got invitations to NFL rookie mini camps?
Posted: May 09, 2015 - 8:36 am

The NFL wastes no time getting its rookies into mini camp, doing so the weekend after the draft takes place. That means all of the drafted players and a whole bunch of other former college players are fighting for roster spots right now.

Friday 05/08/2015
Rapid fire answers to whatever few remaining spring questions haven't been addressed
Posted: May 08, 2015 - 9:55 am

We've squeezed nearly every last drop out of spring ball, but we'll finish it off today.

Thursday 05/07/2015
Read a replay of today's live chat; Isaiah Ford named Virginia Tech's male rookie of the year
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 9:08 am

We chatted for a good hour and 15 minutes today, wrapping up the spring and looking ahead to next season. If you missed it, read the replay at the bottom of this post.

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Which Hokies might get drafted in 2016? Kendall Fuller looks like a first-rounder
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 10:33 am

It's a time honored tradition to look ahead to the 2016 NFL Draft immediately upon the conclusion of the 2015 event. And while it was a light load for the Hokies this year, next year is looking much more encouraging.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Who will be the Hokies' new starting safeties?
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 11:18 am

We posed five questions at the start of spring. Here are the answers, wrapping up with No. 5 today.

Monday 05/04/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Can the Hokies build some defensive end depth?
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 10:53 am

We're back from our regularly scheduled NFL Draft break to revisit the fourth of the five questions I posed at the beginning of spring. If you missed previous entries, get to them here:

Sunday 05/03/2015
Sunday links: Kyshoen Jarrett, Laurence Gibson extend Hokies' 22-year draft streak
Posted: May 03, 2015 - 10:25 am

Two Hokies were selected in the NFL Draft yesterday, extending Virginia Tech's streak of having at least one player taken to 22 years, the fourth-longest in the ACC.

Saturday 05/02/2015
Cowboys take Hokies offensive tackle Laurence Gibson in the seventh round
Posted: May 02, 2015 - 6:15 pm

A second Hokie got to hear his name called in the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Redskins select Kyshoen Jarrett in sixth round of NFL Draft
Posted: May 02, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Virginia Tech safety Kyshoen Jarrett had stepped outside for a second from a gathering of family and friends in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, taking a break from non-stop viewing of the NFL Draft when he got a phone call from Redskins coach Jay Gruden.

Friday 05/01/2015
ACC shines on NFL Draft's first day; Any trend to the Hokies' light draft years?
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 10:33 am

The ACC and Pac-12 ruled the NFL Draft's first round last night, with each conference having nine picks. That's the second most in the ACC's history, trailing only the 2006 draft, when the league had 12 players go in the first round.

Thursday 04/30/2015
A few odds and ends about Hokies in this year's NFL Draft
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 10:28 am

The NFL Draft starts tonight. Because of the NFL's need to be the center of everything, it will last three whole days. The first round is tonight, the second and third rounds Friday and the fourth through seventh rounds Saturday.

Wednesday 04/29/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Will a starting five emerge on the offensive line?
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 10:58 am

We're taking a look back at the five questions I posed at the beginning of spring. If you missed previous entries, get to them here:

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Who will emerge from a crowded group at running back?
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 11:15 am

I posed five questions at the beginning of spring. We'll spend this week revisiting them. If you missed yesterday's, here it is:

Monday 04/27/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Can anyone challenge Michael Brewer at quarterback?
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 11:02 am

Spring ball is over, but the analysis isn't. We'll take questions from the start of spring and revisit them one a day this week to wrap things up.

Sunday 04/26/2015
Sunday links: Spring game redux, ACC college town rankings & the economic impact of football in Blacksburg
Posted: April 26, 2015 - 9:37 am

A cold, rainy spring game is in the books. If you didn't make it out Saturday -- and for your sake, I hope you didn't sit through that miserable weather -- or even if you did, here are some links from our spring game coverage, plus a few more.

Saturday 04/25/2015
Wrapping up the Hokies' Maroon-Orange spring game
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 6:55 pm

Spring is over, and the long, dull wait until the start of the season is upon us. But we have plenty of spring game coverage first. Check out these links:

Hokies spring game: Team Medal of Honor wins 24-21
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 4:40 pm

The offense’s step forward this spring showed at Virginia Tech’s spring game Saturday, which Team Medal of Honor won 24-21 against Team Pylon.

Virginia Tech names spring football award winners
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Virginia Tech will hit the field for the spring game in, shall we say, less than ideal weather in a couple hours. But the Hokies did name their spring award winners already. Here they are:

Friday 04/24/2015
Hokies hoping for health and a few highlights at spring game
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 11:21 am

There are a couple of schools of thought regarding spring football games.

Thursday 04/23/2015
Virginia Tech announces spring football game format
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Virginia Tech's Maroon-Orange spring game will feature plenty of good-on-good for the first time in a while.

Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 8:22 am

We chatted for close to an hour and a half today. Read a replay at the bottom of this post. But first, read all this stuff:

Wednesday 04/22/2015
Hall of Fame Hokies broadcaster Bill Roth leaving for UCLA
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:19 am

Long-time Virginia Tech broadcaster Bill Roth, the wildly popular "Voice of the Hokies" for the last 27 years, is leaving to take a similar position at UCLA, Virginia Tech announced Wednesday.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
Practice report: Rogers taking notes from Kobe; McLaughlin comfortable at left tackle
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 9:01 pm

There are but two spring practices remaining: Thursday and the spring game on Saturday. There aren't any interviews Thursday, so this will have to last until Saturday.

Monday 04/20/2015
Despite limited workload, J.C. Coleman continuing what he started late last season
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 11:12 am

Blink at a scrimmage and you might miss J.C. Coleman.

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