BLACKSBURG — Quarterback rooms don’t get much deeper than Ohio State’s, although Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster could think of at least one other time in Hokies history that a third-string signal caller caused problems for his group.
If you haven't noticed, there's a heck of a lot of time to fill before this Monday night opener. I think I'm reaching the point where I can't possibly write anything new about this matchup.
BLACKSBURG — When the Virginia Tech football coaches popped in film this week of last year’s Ohio State game, they were once again struck by the sheer physicality of the Buckeyes.
All the answers you could possibly want about the Ohio State game are in this week's live chat. OK, that might be overselling it. But I did try to answer as many questions as possible over an hour and a half today. Read the replay below.
BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech billed it simply as a spring football experiment.
Virginia Tech's uniforms for the Ohio State game are officially out. The Hokies will have a maroon on maroon ensemble to go with their shiny orange helmets. (I'm not sure why there's blurring in the picture they released. Perhaps because Tech's players are running so fast?)
We spoke to (mostly) offensive players Tuesday night, and here are some notes and quotes from that as usual.
BLACKSBURG — Searching the memory bank of the most talented offenses his defenses have faced, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster settled on a couple of teams.
I wrote about everything that came out of the press conference earlier Monday, which you can read here. Now it's time for some notes and quotes from interviews with defensive coaches and players Monday night.
The first press conference of the year is in the books and it was, shall we say, uneventful. There were some things of note to come of it, however. Here's what was said:
Virginia Tech unveiled special metallic orange helmets for its season opening game against Ohio State on Labor Day night, but it's what he Hokies added to them that has extra meaning.
It's less than a week to the start of the college football season and a little over a week until the Hokies and Buckeyes clash in Lane Stadium on Labor Day. So it's finally time for our college football preview section to come out in The Roanoke Times.
Unbelievably this never-ending offseason still has nine days until the Hokies take on Ohio State on Labor Day night. I mean, who knows how many more coaches might be fired before then?
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.
Malcolm Potts, 63, passed away on Monday August 31, 2015, in Wilmington, N.C. He was born on August 18, 1952, in Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, to Rita and Abel Potts. Malc was a world traveler and a scientist at heart, he knew how to enjoy life to its fullest.
Betty Jane Boley Goodwin Volz, 81, of Roanoke, passed away Monday, August 31, 2015. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2015, at Oakey's North Chapel.
Charles Robert Smith, 98, of Copper Hill, passed away peacefully at the Salem VA Medical Center on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, his 65th wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Washington and Lou Cassie Smith and three brothers, Sherman, Wilbert and Sam Smith.
Donald W. Deyerle, 80, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2015, at Oakey's North Chapel.