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Tuesday 07/28/2015
Posted: July 28, 2015 - 1:21 pm
What has Frank Beamer had to say during his visit to ESPN?

Frank Beamer flew up to ESPN"s campus in Bristol, Connecticut, to do a day's worth of interviews on various platforms Tuesday. They call it the "Car Wash," most likely because they're such big fans of Rose Royce.

Monday 07/27/2015
Posted: July 27, 2015 - 9:33 pm
Hokies get commitment from WR Divine Deablo

The Hokies continued to add to their 2016 recruiting class with a commitment from Divine Deablo, a wide receiver from Mount Tabor High in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Posted: July 27, 2015 - 1:26 pm
Frank Beamer heading to ESPN's campus on Tuesday for annual 'Car Wash'

Hokies head coach Frank Beamer will join his fellow ACC coaches Tuesday in heading to ESPN's studios in Bristol, Connecticut, for the network's "Car Wash," an on-the-go round of interviews all day on a host of platforms.

Posted: July 27, 2015 - 8:13 am
A call for offseason mailbag questions

The summer's nearly over, but there's still a little over a week until players report. So it's the perfect time for a mailbag. Ask me anything about the Hokies. I'll answer those questions later this week.

Sunday 07/26/2015
Posted: July 26, 2015 - 10:21 am
Sunday links: The 'Why is Vacation Already Over?' Edition

My beach trip, sadly, is nearly over. (Translation: I'm driving all day.)

Saturday 07/25/2015
Posted: July 25, 2015 - 6:17 pm
Recruiting rewind: Hokies nab pair of '16 commitments

The Hokies' big recruiting weekend is paying dividends already. Tech landed a pair of '16 commitments earlier Saturday from Georgia offensive lineman Patrick Kearns and Chesapeake linebacker Tavante Beckett.

Posted: July 25, 2015 - 10:26 am
Ranking the ACC's non-conference schedules

We're firmly in the No Man's Land portion of the offseason -- post-ACC Kickoff, pre-players reporting -- a two-week time frame of nothing but building anticipation to the start of practice. And in that space we have to fill time.

Friday 07/24/2015
Posted: July 24, 2015 - 10:34 am
Braxton Miller's position switch adds more intrigue to Hokies' already much-anticipated opener against Ohio State

When asked at the ACC Kickoff what he thought about the prospect of playing a team with three viable quarterback candidates like Ohio State in the season opener, Frank Beamer offered one of his best lines of the event.

Thursday 07/23/2015
Posted: July 23, 2015 - 10:38 am
4 Hokies voted to preseason All-ACC team

Virginia Tech was well-represented with four players on the preseason All-ACC team released Thursday, tied for the second-most selections in the conference.

Wednesday 07/22/2015
Posted: July 22, 2015 - 9:08 am
Everything we wrote from the ACC Kickoff, plus a little more

With the ACC Kickoff in the books, I decided to sneak in a little vacation at the beach before the players report for practice in early August. So blogging might be a little sparse in the next few days. Forgive me for not being quite on top of any major happenings.

Tuesday 07/21/2015
Posted: July 21, 2015 - 4:54 pm
Beamer says he's rejuvenated, ready for upcoming Hokies football season

PINEHURST, N.C. — Frank Beamer always gets peppered with questions at the ACC Kickoff about how much longer he’ll coach, although the Hokies’ three-year swoon and the 68-year-old coach’s recent health issues added some weight to the queries this year.

Posted: July 21, 2015 - 3:36 pm
Notes and quotes from Frank Beamer on Day 2 of the ACC Kickoff

The ACC Kickoff is officially over.

Posted: July 21, 2015 - 8:17 am
Hokies picked second in Coastal by ACC's media

Virginia Tech was picked to finish second in the Coastal Division by the ACC's media Tuesday, coming in behind division favorite and reigning Coastal champ Georgia Tech.

Posted: July 21, 2015 - 2:15 am
Virginia Tech, Michael Brewer optimistic about offensive improvements

PINEHURST, N.C. — An avid fisherman, Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer allowed himself only a brief respite during the offseason over July 4th weekend to Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

Monday 07/20/2015
Posted: July 20, 2015 - 8:30 pm
Hokies notes and quotes from Day 1 of the ACC Kickoff

Day 1 of the ACC Kickoff is in the books.

Posted: July 20, 2015 - 4:07 pm
Georgia LB Emmanuel Belmar commits to the Hokies (UPDATE: Tech adds '17 commitment too)

Virginia Tech added a commitment for 2016 from outside linebacker Emmanuel Belmar of Suwanee, Georgia. He tweeted his decision Monday afternoon.

Posted: July 20, 2015 - 10:41 am
Monday reset: Media guide notes, a somewhat new depth chart and my All-ACC picks

The ACC Kickoff is underway, although we print writers don't have much to do until this afternoon.

Sunday 07/19/2015
Posted: July 19, 2015 - 7:06 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 1: The offensive line, plus some Sunday links

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Saturday 07/18/2015
Posted: July 18, 2015 - 9:03 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 2: Michael Brewer

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Friday 07/17/2015
Posted: July 17, 2015 - 9:13 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 3: Scot Loeffler

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Thursday 07/16/2015
Posted: July 16, 2015 - 10:01 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 4: Bucky Hodges

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Wednesday 07/15/2015
Posted: July 15, 2015 - 10:45 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 5: Injury luck

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Tuesday 07/14/2015
Posted: July 14, 2015 - 9:50 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 6: Frank Beamer

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Monday 07/13/2015
Posted: July 13, 2015 - 5:26 pm
Defensive tackle Tim Settle tweets that he's a Hokie

After a week of lousy headlines, Virginia Tech got some welcome roster news Monday afternoon. 

Posted: July 13, 2015 - 8:26 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 7: Pass rushers

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Sunday 07/12/2015
Posted: July 12, 2015 - 9:47 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 8: Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips, plus some Sunday links

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Saturday 07/11/2015
Posted: July 11, 2015 - 9:12 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 9: Kendall Fuller

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Friday 07/10/2015
Posted: July 10, 2015 - 2:55 pm
Hokie safety C.J. Reavis no longer enrolled at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG — C.J. Reavis, expected to start on Virginia Tech’s defense, no longer was enrolled at the school Friday, a day after a student conduct hearing.

Posted: July 10, 2015 - 9:55 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 10: Luther Maddy and Corey Marshall

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Thursday 07/09/2015
Posted: July 09, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Suspended RB Shai McKenzie to serve 15 days in jail for March arrest; status with Hokies unchanged

Suspended Hokies running back Shai McKenzie will serve 15 days in jail and do 50 hours of community service for his role in a meeting with underage girls that led to a pair of misdemeanor charges for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

Posted: July 09, 2015 - 10:17 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 11: Bud Foster

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Wednesday 07/08/2015
Posted: July 08, 2015 - 10:36 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 12: Brandon Facyson

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Tuesday 07/07/2015
Posted: July 07, 2015 - 11:27 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 13: Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett or Braxton Miller or ...

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Posted: July 07, 2015 - 8:55 am
Eleven more 2015 signees arrive for Virginia Tech's second summer session

Eleven more scholarship freshmen from the Hokies' 2015 signing class have enrolled in the second summer session at Virginia Tech, starting classes today.

Monday 07/06/2015
Posted: July 06, 2015 - 10:23 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 14: Andrew Motuapuaka

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Sunday 07/05/2015
Posted: July 05, 2015 - 10:15 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 15: Two reliable running backs, plus some Sunday links

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Saturday 07/04/2015
Posted: July 04, 2015 - 9:41 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 16: Chuck Clark

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Friday 07/03/2015
Posted: July 03, 2015 - 10:13 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 17: Sam Rogers

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Thursday 07/02/2015
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 10:33 am
Former Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver dies after battling Parkinson's disease

BLACKSBURG — Jim Weaver, who presided as Virginia Tech’s athletic director for 16 years during the most successful period in the school’s history, died Thursday morning after a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Posted: July 02, 2015 - 9:50 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 18: Justin Thomas

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
Posted: July 01, 2015 - 11:32 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 19: C.J. Reavis

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Posted: July 01, 2015 - 8:57 am
Wednesday reset: Indoor facility graphics and Battle at Bristol tickets

The work week is halfway over because of the holiday. Here are a couple of items of interest to start your Wednesday.

Tuesday 06/30/2015
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 10:04 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 20: A third wide receiver

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Monday 06/29/2015
Posted: June 29, 2015 - 10:31 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 21: Greg Stroman and Travon McMillian

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Sunday 06/28/2015
Posted: June 28, 2015 - 10:14 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 22. Ryan Malleck, and some Sunday links

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Saturday 06/27/2015
Posted: June 27, 2015 - 10:07 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 23: Larry Fedora

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Friday 06/26/2015
Posted: June 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm
Whit Babcock Q&A, Part II: COA implementation, revenue sources and uniform colors

I posted Part I of my recent Q&A with Hokies athletic director Whit Babcock yesterday. Now for Part II, which covers the cost of attendance implementation, revenue issues, future construction projects and yes, uniforms and logos.

Posted: June 26, 2015 - 9:04 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 24: Ronny Vandyke

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

Thursday 06/25/2015
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 11:37 am
Whit Babcock Q&A, Part I: The Hokie Club's evolution, Jon Laaser's hiring and more

It's a slow time in the college athletics news cycle, which afforded a perfect time for athletic director Whit Babcock to sit down with me for about 40 minutes Wednesday to chat about a variety of topics.

Posted: June 25, 2015 - 9:01 am
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 25: A.J. Hughes

The ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football coverage season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the top 25 people or groups of people -- on the Hokies or some playing against them -- who will affect Virginia Tech's upcoming season.

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