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The ODAC announced Friday that one of its football teams will play Newport News Apprentice in the inaugural Virginia Beach Neptune Bowl on Nov. 23 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

ODAC coaches have yet to vote on the procedure for choosing a team, but the highest squad in the ODAC standings that is left out of the NCAA Division III playoffs is expected to wind up in the new game.

The ODAC champ earns an automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs, but no ODAC team has received an at-large bid since 2000. The ODAC will expand to nine teams this year with the addition of football-only member Southern Virginia.

Apprentice is not an NCAA or NAIA school.


Radford hires ex-Hokie

Radford coach Mike McGuire announced the hiring of former Virginia Tech standout Chrystal Starling as an assistant coach.

Starling, who played for the Hokies from 1998-2003, was an assistant high school coach in New York the past four seasons. She succeeds Camille Collier, who left to join the staff at Hofstra.

Radford also announced the promotion of Pulaski County High School and Radford graduate Carlie Clary to director of women's basketball operations. She had previously been the assistant director.

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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