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Hokies Journal: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

In perhaps Groh's final game, Va. Tech wins

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Al Groh left Scott Stadium on Saturday for perhaps the final time as Virginia’s coach, offering not so much as a wave as jogged off the field and into a seemingly uncertain future. The Cavaliers’ 42-13 loss to...

By Mark Viera  |  November 28, 2009; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies attack CB Dowling

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference candidate, had a tough first half in Saturday's meeting between in-state rivals. And Virginia Tech took advantage of it. Dowling has been one of the Cavaliers best cover cornerbacks this...

By Mark Viera  |  November 28, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A bad sign

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- In anticipation for the Virginia-Virginia Tech game, the University of Virginia Alumni Association is passing out buttons to help drum up some spirit for the meeting of the in-state rivals. But these button are particularly notable because they...

By Mark Viera  |  November 28, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Saturday links

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Welcome to enemy territory, Hokies fans. Actually, I saw plenty of Virginia Tech folks out around this quaint college town on Friday night. (And to end the night, in keeping with local tradition here, I had a Gus...

By Mark Viera  |  November 28, 2009; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rivalry still means something

In the moments after Virginia Tech’s 38-10 win over North Carolina State last weekend, Hokies Coach Frank Beamer gathered his players around in the locker room and told them to enjoy the win but to be ready: Virginia Week would...

By Mark Viera  |  November 27, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A history lesson

With a win on Saturday, Virginia Tech would have a six-game winning streak against he Cavaliers, tying the longest winning streak for the Hokies in the series (1958 to 1963). Virginia’s longest winning streak in the series is eight games...

By Mark Viera  |  November 27, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Warren, Wang probable vs. U-Va.

Virginia Tech's offensive line is somewhat banged up heading into Saturday's game at Virginia, with starting center Beau Warren and left tackle Ed Wang both listed as probable to play with knee injuries. Warren has missed the past three games...

By Mark Viera  |  November 27, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Black) Friday links

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Hopefully you're not entering the fray at malls around the country. Anyway, here are your Friday links. All indications are that Saturday will be Al Groh's final afternoon on the sidelines in Charlottesville....

By Mark Viera  |  November 27, 2009; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Stinespring promises turkey after Thanksgiving

In last Saturday’s 38-10 win over North Carolina State, Virginia Tech used the "Wild Turkey" formation for four plays. It was the most the formation has been used this season, but it will not be the last time. “We’ll see...

By Mark Viera  |  November 25, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What offense is it, anyway?

Virginia has had an offensive identity crisis this season. The Cavaliers started with a spread system. Then they reverted to a more traditional pro-style offense. Last weekend, they ran out of the Wildcat formation and pulled daring trick plays. So...

By Mark Viera  |  November 25, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Brown wants to bust loose in NFL

Before the season, Virginia Tech defensive end Nekos Brown talked about wanting to seize his first opportunity in a starting role. Now, after putting together a nice senior year, Brown said he was hoping to parlay his play into an...

By Mark Viera  |  November 25, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday links

Safe travels to all of you going to see family for Thanksgiving. And now, some links. So you might have heard the Virginia Coach Al Groh's sitting on the hot seat, skating on thin ice, headed for the guillotine ....

By Mark Viera  |  November 25, 2009; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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James Madison added to 2010 schedule

Virginia Tech completed its 2010 schedule by adding James Madison, a division I-AA program, to fill the void left when its meeting with Western Michigan taken off next year's slate. The Hokies will host the Dukes on Sept. 11, 2010,...

By Mark Viera  |  November 24, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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WR Roberts on his tough game

On Monday, a reporter asked Dyrell Roberts about his tough night in Virginia Tech's 38-10 win over North Carolina State. The Hokies wide receiver immediately responded by saying he assumed such an inquiry was coming. Roberts was thrown at five...

By Mark Viera  |  November 24, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A rivalry that's in the blood

In-state rivalries like the one between Virginia Tech and Virginia start at a young age. These videos illustrate that, so check them out if you feel like wasting a little time. The Little Hokie...

By Mark Viera  |  November 24, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Tuesday links

It's going to be a busy Tuesday. No time to waste. Here are your links. So the Al Groh's Last Game Week is officially on in Charlottesville. He was asked if he could hear the ax coming down on his...

By Mark Viera  |  November 24, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Wild Turkey re-emerges

Virginia Tech brought out the turkey – the Wild Turkey – just in time for Thanksgiving. For only the second time this season, the Hokies ran their variation of the Wildcat offense, the Wild Turkey, in Saturday’s 38-10 win over...

By Mark Viera  |  November 23, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Boykin's big day

When Jarrett Boykin came to Virginia Tech, his teammates were so fascinated by the size of his large hands that they created plenty of nicknames for the wide receiver. But this season, Boykin (known also as Meat Hands or Meat...

By Mark Viera  |  November 23, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virgil on his knee and Senior Day

After Virginia Tech's 38-10 win over North Carolina State on Saturday, cornerback Stephan Virgil said his injured left knee has been improving and that he used family as his motivation for his Senior Day. "The knee is doing better," said...

By Mark Viera  |  November 23, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday links

It's Virginia week. Here are your Monday links. Before we really get into the Cavaliers, let's take a brief look back at Virginia Tech's 38-10 win Saturday over North Carolina State and where the Hokies sit with only one Saturday...

By Mark Viera  |  November 23, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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