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Saturday 10/10/2015
Posted: October 10, 2015 - 2:10 am
A post-game wrap: Virginia Tech 28, N.C. State 13

The Hokies got a much-needed win Friday night against N.C. State to pull back to 1-1 in the ACC and 3-3 overall. Here's everything we wrote:

Friday 10/09/2015
Posted: October 09, 2015 - 11:21 pm
Virginia Tech rebounds, tops N.C. State 28-13

BLACKSBURG — As the Hokies left the team hotel for Friday’s game against N.C. State, offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler delivered a message to his group in the wake of last week’s debacle against ...

Posted: October 09, 2015 - 10:21 pm
Virginia Tech notebook: QB Brewer not cleared for action by Hokies medical team

BLACKSBURG — After a week of speculation, Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer was a no-go after all.

Posted: October 09, 2015 - 9:41 pm
Halftime: Virginia Tech 21, N.C. State 10

BLACKSBURG — The Hokies don’t have quarterback Michael Brewer, but they do have a lead after 30 minutes at Lane Stadium on Friday night.

Posted: October 09, 2015 - 7:44 pm
Michael Brewer not cleared; Brenden Motley to start at QB for Hokies

Quarterback Michael Brewer won't play tonight after all.

Posted: October 09, 2015 - 10:44 am
Five questions with N.C. State beat writer Joe Giglio

It's a weird week, so we're doing things a little out of order. If you missed my matchups post (which has a link to my game advance), you can get to it here.

Posted: October 09, 2015 - 9:13 am
Breaking down the Virginia Tech-N.C. State matchup

TGIFF. That's thank god it's football Friday. The Hokies and N.C. State are set to play at Lane Stadium tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Here's my game advance in today's paper about how Frank Beamer wan...

Thursday 10/08/2015
Posted: October 08, 2015 - 8:55 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

We chatted for an hour and a half today. Lots of questions about the coaching staff and what it can possibly do to turn things around. (Sorry folks, "Fire everyone!" isn't the answer.) If...

Wednesday 10/07/2015
Posted: October 07, 2015 - 7:50 pm
Beleaguered Virginia Tech offensive line searches for answers

BLACKSBURG — For an offensive lineman the numbers were nauseating, though it’s hard to pick which was more sickening in hindsight.

Posted: October 07, 2015 - 6:20 pm
QB Michael Brewer listed as probable for Hokies' game against N.C. State

Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer's shoulder appears to be ready to go.

Posted: October 07, 2015 - 9:09 am
Episode 33 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

We're back with a new episode of the podcast. Aaron McFarling and I discuss the embarrassing Pitt loss, what's wrong with the offense, Frank Beamer's accountability, the upcoming N.C. State game, F...

Tuesday 10/06/2015
Posted: October 06, 2015 - 10:45 pm
Practice report: Stroman, Reynolds eager for their new/expanded roles

The main attraction Tuesday night was quarterback Michael Brewer, who spoke to reporters for the first time since being cleared to practice after breaking his collarbone last month. I wrote all abo...

Posted: October 06, 2015 - 8:18 pm
Virginia Tech quarterback Brewer begins testing his injured collarbone

BLACKSBURG — Step 1, getting cleared to practice, occurred Monday for injured Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer.

Posted: October 06, 2015 - 10:26 am
Hokies' secondary now a primary issue as Tech turns to a younger group

This is not the secondary the Hokies envisioned this year, but this is the one they'll have to go forward with.

Monday 10/05/2015
Posted: October 05, 2015 - 4:11 pm
Michael Brewer cleared to practice, could be gametime decision; Marshawn Williams re-injures knee

Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer got the practice clearance he wanted to hear Monday after breaking his collarbone last month, although he’ll be evaluated all week and could still be a game...

Posted: October 05, 2015 - 2:54 pm
Beamer takes blame for Hokies' lack of emotion; Stroman moves to wide receiver full-time

The Hokies expect an injury update later today on quarterback Michael Brewer as he recovers from a broken collarbone suffered against Ohio State in the opener. When that news comes out, I'll have m...

Sunday 10/04/2015
Posted: October 04, 2015 - 4:01 pm
Hokies land commitment from four-star CB Khalil Ladler

Virginia Tech's lost two straight games, but it got a recruiting win Sunday.

Posted: October 04, 2015 - 10:33 am
Five thoughts the day after the Hokies' loss to Pitt

A night has passed, although I'm sure the strong feelings emanating from the Hokies' fan base haven't after yesterday's 17-13 loss to Pitt in the ACC opener. Read all of our stuff on these links:

Saturday 10/03/2015
Posted: October 03, 2015 - 6:27 pm
A post-game wrap: Pittsburgh 17, Virginia Tech 13

The Hokies lost in ugly fashion Saturday to Pittsburgh and probably continued to lose a few more fans. Head coach Frank Beamer vowed to make changes, although he didn't specify what afterward.

Posted: October 03, 2015 - 3:12 pm
Beamer: Changes coming after Hokies fall to Pittsburgh

BLACKSBURG — Frank Beamer’s postgame briefing with his team was short and his answers at a terse press conference that followed even shorter, the frustrations of Virginia Tech’s 17-13 ACC-opening l...

Posted: October 03, 2015 - 1:20 pm
Halftime: Pittsburgh 10, Virginia Tech 7

BLACKSBURG — Offense has been scarce after one half at a rainy Lane Stadium, where Pittsburgh holds a 10-7 lead on Virginia Tech.

Posted: October 03, 2015 - 12:31 am
Links to everything we wrote this week about Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh

It's game day in Blacksburg. Hope you brought a poncho.

Friday 10/02/2015
Posted: October 02, 2015 - 8:30 pm
Hokies must deal with Panthers, rain

BLACKSBURG — Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi knew what Frank Beamer meant.

Posted: October 02, 2015 - 11:19 am
Breaking down the Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh matchup

Hurricane Joaquin doesn't look like it's going to be a whole lot of fun in the next couple days. It's going to rain and rain and rain. The field can handle it. The question is: can the fans?

Thursday 10/01/2015
Posted: October 01, 2015 - 3:02 pm
Five questions with Pitt beat writer Sam Werner

If you missed today's live chat, read the replay here, but now it's time to take a look at the other side.

Posted: October 01, 2015 - 8:57 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

A much more rational-minded chat than I thought it'd be today. Didn't seem like anybody was on the verge of jumping off a cliff. If you missed out on the fun, you can read the replay at the bottom ...

Wednesday 09/30/2015
Posted: September 30, 2015 - 1:10 pm
Episode 32 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

There was big news this afternoon: All-American cornerback Kendall Fuller is out for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus. He had surgery Tuesday.

Posted: September 30, 2015 - 10:55 am
Hokies CB Kendall Fuller will miss rest of season after having knee surgery

The news on All-American cornerback Kendall Fuller was as bad as the Hokies feared.

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Posted: September 29, 2015 - 9:37 pm
Practice report: Sounds like surgery for Kendall Fuller; Terrell Edmunds likely to start vs. Pitt

We spoke to mostly defensive players and coaches after practice Tuesday. Some of that I used in my story for Wednesday's paper about the Hokies' tackling troubles, especially against mobile quarter...

Posted: September 29, 2015 - 8:34 pm
Virginia Tech defense struggling against mobile quarterbacks

BLACKSBURG — The disgust on the faces of the Hokies’ defensive players told the story when asked what their film review session was like, the day after they had numerous missed tackles that contrib...

Posted: September 29, 2015 - 10:39 am
As Hokies enter ACC play, running back carries remain split

Four weeks in, the Hokies have four rushers sharing the load -- Travon McMillian, J.C. Coleman, Trey Edmunds and quarterback Brenden Motley -- a development the Internet simply can't ignore.

Monday 09/28/2015
Posted: September 28, 2015 - 5:13 pm
All-American Fuller's status still up in the air for Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG — Frank Beamer’s not a doctor, nor does the Virginia Tech head coach pretend to be one, referring nearly all medical questions to the team’s head athletic trainer.

Posted: September 28, 2015 - 3:13 pm
Press conference notes: Fuller 'doubtful' for Pitt, McKenzie on medical redshirt path and 'exhibition games' redux

Virginia Tech put out some injury notes earlier Monday. To summarize, cornerback Kendall Fuller (knee) will re-evaluated today but doesn't sound like he'll play Saturday, linebacker Andrew Motuapua...

Posted: September 28, 2015 - 12:21 pm
McKenzie will seek medical redshirt, Motuapuaka might return this week, Fuller 'very doubtful'

The Hokies released the following injury updates before their Monday media availability:

Sunday 09/27/2015
Posted: September 27, 2015 - 9:36 am
Five thoughts the day after Virginia Tech's loss to East Carolina

For Hokies fans who are waking up, wiping their eyes and collectively wondering if last night really happened, I'm here as the bearer of bad news: it did. Here's everything we wrote form Virginia T...

Saturday 09/26/2015
Posted: September 26, 2015 - 10:32 pm
Post-game wrap: East Carolina 35, Virginia Tech 28

Not the result Hokies fans were hoping for in Greenville today. I documented the ugliness in my game story, which you can read here.

Posted: September 26, 2015 - 5:18 pm
Halftime: East Carolina 21, Virginia Tech 14

GREENVILLE, N.C. — A fast start is a distant memory for Virginia Tech, which trails East Carolina 21-14 at halftime in a driving rain at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Posted: September 26, 2015 - 12:15 am
Links to everything we wrote this week about Virginia Tech and East Carolina

It'll be a bright and early drive from Blacksburg to Greenville this morning for today's Virginia Tech-East Carolina game. 

Friday 09/25/2015
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 11:10 am
Breaking down the Virginia Tech-East Carolina matchup

The East Carolina game is tomorrow, so now's a good time to take a deeper look at the matchup.

Thursday 09/24/2015
Posted: September 24, 2015 - 7:32 pm
Five questions with East Carolina beat writer Nathan Summers

If you missed the live chat earlier Thursday, it was a rousing good time. Read the replay here. Oh yeah, and A.J. Hughes did this the other day.

Posted: September 24, 2015 - 8:59 am
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat

Great chat today, with roughly 25 questions about what the Hokies might do if Brenden Motley is performing great when Michael Brewer is ready to return to action. But we got some other stuff in the...

Wednesday 09/23/2015
Posted: September 23, 2015 - 6:14 pm
Hokies' Clark prepares for another showdown with best friend Grayson

BLACKSBURG — King’s Fork High football coach Joe Jones sat in Lane Stadium last year like a proud papa, watching his program’s two recent standouts, Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark and East Caroli...

Posted: September 23, 2015 - 9:48 am
Episode 31 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast

Aaron McFarling and I did another podcast that we recorded Tuesday.

Tuesday 09/22/2015
Posted: September 22, 2015 - 10:12 pm
Practice report: No sacks yet, but Hokies' primary pass rushers not losing faith

We had a decent round of interviews tonight with mostly defensive coaches and players. Here are a few main takeaways.

Posted: September 22, 2015 - 6:49 pm
Big plays at Purdue give sense that Beamer Ball's back

BLACKSBURG — Shane Beamer had a quick retort Monday to a question about if he still coached the Virginia Tech kickoff return teams, which have lagged in recent years.

Monday 09/21/2015
Posted: September 21, 2015 - 8:59 pm
Virginia Tech expects a fight, as usual, from East Carolina

BLACKSBURG — No matter how Virginia Tech seems to be playing heading into its nearly annual matchup with East Carolina, it has a tough time.

Posted: September 21, 2015 - 3:51 pm
Hokies aim to cut down on penalties, plus more press conference notes

A few coaches and players met with the media for interviews at today's press conference. There's nothing tonight (a change to the normal schedule), so these are all the quotes coming today. Here ar...

Sunday 09/20/2015
Posted: September 20, 2015 - 10:16 am
Five thoughts the day after the Hokies' win against Purdue

We're on the road back from Indianapolis early this morning, because Aaron McFarling has an adult league baseball championship to win, but we're mobile reporters, so our coverage doesn't stop.

Saturday 09/19/2015
Posted: September 19, 2015 - 10:27 pm
A post-game wrap: Virginia Tech 51, Purdue 24

The Hokies got contributions in all three phases Saturday, rolling past Purdue 51-24 to improve to 2-1 this season. 

Posted: September 19, 2015 - 5:21 pm
Halftime: Virginia Tech 24, Purdue 17

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Virginia Tech has far more yards but not that many more points, leading Purdue 24-17 at halftime at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday.

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