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Hokies Journal: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Williams hard on himself after fumble

After Virginia Tech’s 20-17 loss Thursday to North Carolina, running back Ryan Williams was despondent as he sat on the Hokies’ bench. With 2 minutes 2 second remaining in the game, Williams lost a fumble that set up to Casey...

By Mark Viera  |  October 31, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies shift goals

After Virginia Tech defeated Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl in January, it was clear to see the Hokies’ potential in the 2009 season. With the core of the team intact, the Hokies were a top-10 team in the preseason poll...

By Mark Viera  |  October 31, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Saturday links

With November almost here, the stakes are high around the country on Saturday. Yet for Virginia Tech, it won't be a fun day off to watch football. And that's not just because the team practices; there's still a sour mood...

By Mark Viera  |  October 31, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday links

The morning after. Or is it mourning? There will be plenty more about Virginia Tech's 20-17 loss Thursday night to North Carolina. Here is what everyone else had to say about the game. No Georgia Tech hangover? Well, it certainly...

By Mark Viera  |  October 30, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies season ripped away

The Orange Effect was the theme on Thursday, so Virginia Tech’s players wore orange jerseys instead of their typical home maroon. It was part marketing move, part subliminal symbolism. Although the No. 14 Hokies might have been out of the...

By Mark Viera  |  October 29, 2009; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Foster says defense is “okay”

The backbone of Virginia Tech’s teams has been their defenses. But this year’s unit has had its share of struggles. Through the first seven games, defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s said the Hokies’ defense was “okay.” “We’ve given up too many...

By Mark Viera  |  October 29, 2009; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Who's going to win?

poll by twiigs.com...

By Mark Viera  |  October 29, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday links

It's Thursday, and this week and next, that means it's game day for Virginia Tech. Although weekday home games are not welcomed by everyone in Blacksburg, there should be plenty of buzz on campus as kickoff approaches. Last week, North...

By Mark Viera  |  October 29, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies on the BCS

Virginia Tech will not play for the national championship this year, and it could be left out of the Bowl Championship Series picture altogether. On Tuesday, some coaches and players were asked to sound off about college football’s controversial system....

By Mark Viera  |  October 28, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Grimm talks Redskins

Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm is a big fan of the Washington Redskins. He made many trips to RFK Stadium as a youngster and to this day, a miniature Redskins baseball cap dangles from his key chain. And although the...

By Mark Viera  |  October 28, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A few pounds lighter, Williams is feeling better

Running back Ryan Williams was sick before Virginia Tech’s game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 17. He was so sick, in fact, that he said he lost about eight pounds and was unable to eat, surviving off intravenous fluids. On...

By Mark Viera  |  October 28, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Wednesday links

In your work week, it's Wednesday. In your heart, it's Friday. No. 14 Virginia Tech (5-2, 3-1 ACC) hosts North Carolina (4-3, 0-3) on Thursday night at Lane Stadium. So forget that business about this being the midway point of...

By Mark Viera  |  October 28, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DT Graves probable vs. North Carolina

Defensive tackle John Graves, who re-injured his right ankle on Oct. 17 against Georgia Tech, was listed as probable for Virginia Tech’s meeting with North Carolina on Thursday night. Graves, a fourth-year junior, left the game at the beginning of...

By Mark Viera  |  October 27, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. Tech, Ga. Tech still feuding after game

Although Georgia Tech beat Virginia Tech, 28-23, almost two weeks ago, a war of words between the two schools’ coaches emerged over whether the Yellow Jackets' blocking techniques were legal and safe. On Tuesday, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer said...

By Mark Viera  |  October 27, 2009; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Ga. Tech loss lingers for some Hokies

When Virginia Tech lost, 28-23, to Georgia Tech on Oct. 17, it changed the outlook for its season. National championship? Forget about it. ACC championship? Suddenly uncertain. Bowl Championship Series appearance? Might be unlikely. Knowing the stakes, the defeat lingered...

By Mark Viera  |  October 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

By now, Virginia Tech's 28-23 loss at Georgia Tech is 10 days old. But it is still grabbing headlines for some of the sniping that has gone on off the field between the two teams' coaches. On Monday morning, Virginia...

By Mark Viera  |  October 27, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bye week helps Virgil's continued recovery

Cornerback Stephan Virgil, who injured his left knee in Virginia Tech’s season-opener against Alabama, has continued to progress and was aided by the bye week. But the Hokies coaches were not specific about what, if any, treatments Virgil underwent during...

By Mark Viera  |  October 26, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Graves’s ankle better after bye

Defensive tackle John Graves, who re-injured his right ankle in Virginia Techs’ 28-23 loss at Georgia Tech on Oct. 17, said he should be ready to play Thursday against North Carolina. Graves, a fourth-year junior, left the game at the...

By Mark Viera  |  October 26, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday links

So the New York Yankees are headed back to the World Series . . . oops. You'll have to forgive this displaced New Jerseyan. Although November is almost here, baseball is still the main topic of conversation among those from...

By Mark Viera  |  October 26, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies picked 8th in ACC preseason poll

The Virginia Tech basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in a preseason poll of the news media at the conference's media gathering Sunday in Greensboro, N.C. Guard Malcolm Delaney was selected to the preseason...

By Mark Viera  |  October 25, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sunday links

Virginia Tech did not play on Saturday. But still, the outlook for the Hokies changed after the day's games. Clemson shocked No. 8 Miami, 40-37, in overtime to shakeup the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division. [See video, below.] Coupled with...

By Mark Viera  |  October 25, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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