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Hokies Journal: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Hokies' post play important vs. Georgia

Georgia runs its offense through the post, so it will be key for Virginia Tech to play quality interior defense and to rebound well. That will put a spotlight on Hokies forwards Jeff Allen, J.T. Thompson and Victor Davila. Although...

By Mark Viera  |  December 5, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Saturday links

This is the type of Saturday college football fans have been waiting for. Unfortunately for Virginia Tech fans, the Hokies are not directly involved in the goings-on. Here are your links to get you ready for a big day. First...

By Mark Viera  |  December 5, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Q & A with J.J. Redick

Why is a question-and-answer post with former Duke guard J.J. Redick on Hokies Journal? Simple. His younger sister, Abby, is a freshman basketball player at Virginia Tech. I'm reporting about Abby and her life growing up behind J.J. in an...

By Mark Viera  |  December 4, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday links

Here are your Friday links. I think I speak on behalf of most readers when I say TGIF. It's a slow period here in Blacksburg. The big news about the Virginia Tech football team? There is an auction for the...

By Mark Viera  |  December 4, 2009; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A 'Chalk Talk' with Greenberg

While Virginia Tech students ate lunch, Seth Greenberg stood with a microphone and played roles that fit as comfortably as the sweatpants he was wearing: coach and comedian. On Thursday, Greenberg hosted one of his regular "Chalk Talk" sessions at...

By Mark Viera  |  December 3, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tackling the BCS

I've heard from readers asking about Virginia Tech's chances at making a Bowl Championship Series game. So I'll try to lay out some projections here to answer those questions. Unlike the past two seasons -- when the Hokies earned automatic...

By Mark Viera  |  December 3, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Thursday links

Say hello to your slate of Thursday links. Let's get to it. Before we get to basketball, let's ask the question: Which ACC football team has the best defense? Heather Dinich of ESPN.com says it's North Carolina. She lays out...

By Mark Viera  |  December 3, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chick-fil-A Bowl a strong option, but not finalized

Each of the past two years, Virginia Tech earned automatic berths in the Orange Bowl by winning the ACC title game. Although variables could impact the Hokies’ bowl placement this season, it seems that the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31...

By Mark Viera  |  December 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Wednesday links

Here are your Wednesday links. Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams was named ACC rookie of the year. Not much of a surprise there. You can read recaps of his scintillating season all over the Internet. Also, enjoy the Williams...

By Mark Viera  |  December 2, 2009; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Williams named ACC rookie of the year

Sharon Johnson said many of her co-workers at Deloitte & Touche in McLean are Virginia Tech football fans. Often they stop by her desk to talk about her son, Ryan Williams, a Hokies running back. From Blacksburg to McLean, Williams...

By Mark Viera  |  December 1, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Anatomy of an all-ACC pick

On Monday, four Virginia Tech players were named first-team all-ACC by members of the news media. Five other players were named to the second team. Below is a look at each of the four first-team Hokies – how they earned...

By Mark Viera  |  December 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. Tech basketball looking for offense

Before the season, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said he wanted his team to play with a defense-first mentality. But five games into the year, the Hokies have not developed an offensive presence. With the Hokies (4-1) playing at Iowa...

By Mark Viera  |  December 1, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

Happy Tuesday. Enjoy the links. As I tweeted on Monday, four Virginia Tech football players were named first-team all-ACC: running back Ryan Williams, linebacker Cody Grimm, place kicker Matt Waldron and punter Brent Bowden. (I'll have a little something about...

By Mark Viera  |  December 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Williams's remarkable freshman season

Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams has six piercings, and the studs in his ears or jeweled bar in his right eyebrow twinkle when television cameras affix a bright light on him. The imagery is fitting for a running back who has...

By Mark Viera  |  November 30, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Memphis hires LSU's Porter

The University of Memphis on Sunday introduced Larry Porter, the Louisiana State running backs coach since 2005, as its next football coach, officially putting to rest any talk about Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster's candidacy for the job. Foster...

By Mark Viera  |  November 30, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Luckett tears ACL, out for year

Virginia Tech's Zach Luckett, a key special-teams player, will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during Saturday's season-ending 42-13 win at Virginia. Luckett suffered the injury...

By Mark Viera  |  November 30, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday links

Can you believe the football regular season is over already? But the show goes on. Here are some links to start your week. It's not a Virginia Tech-related news item, but in the fall out of the Hokies' 42-13 win...

By Mark Viera  |  November 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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