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Hokies Journal: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Saturday links

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Happy Saturday from Happy Valley. Here are a couple of links. I'm here to cover Virginia Tech basketball, but let's get to the Hokies' bowl game. They played Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31...

By Mark Viera  |  December 12, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hudson steps up for Hokies

Virginia Tech relies on guard Malcolm Delaney as its most consistent scoring option, while forward Jeff Allen is its other dangerous scoring threat. It has still been trying to find a consistent third offensive presence. But it was promising for...

By Mark Viera  |  December 11, 2009; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday links

Here are your Friday links. And even though Virginia Tech's meeting with Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl is a month away, we'll start with more news out of Knoxville. Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin said on Thursday that he was unaware...

By Mark Viera  |  December 11, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Weaver accepts Toner Award

Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver was presented the 2009 John L. Toner Award on Tuesday by the National Football Foundation at its annual awards dinner. The Toner Award is given each year to an athletic director who has demonstrated...

By Mark Viera  |  December 10, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Weaver, Beamer endorse the bowl system

Representatives from the Chick-fil-A Bowl were in Blacksburg on Thursday to discuss the Dec. 31 matchup between Virginia Tech and Tennessee. They were joined by Hokies Athletic Director Jim Weaver and Coach Frank Beamer, in addition to an oversize Chick-fil-A...

By Mark Viera  |  December 10, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Thursday links

Happy Thursday. Here are some links to get you to Friday. Tennessee, which will take on Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, pledged its cooperation with NCAA investigators who are examining how the Volunteers recruit their players and looking into...

By Mark Viera  |  December 10, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Grimm wins Dudley Award

When senior linebacker Cody Grimm came to Virginia Tech, he was just hoping to suit up for special-teams minutes. He will leave it as something of a folk hero, whose name will be mentioned on barstools in Blacksburg for years...

By Mark Viera  |  December 9, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies get a test of tempo vs. VMI

With Virginia Military Institute coming to Blacksburg on Wednesday evening, Virginia Tech will be tested to see if its defense can slow the Keydets' blazing style. But its offense might receive a boost from the Keydets' non-existent defense. VMI (4-3)...

By Mark Viera  |  December 9, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday links

It's Wednesday, and that means we're halfway to the weekend. Here are your links. The NCAA is investigating Virginia Tech's opponent in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Tennessee, about its football recruiting practices. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that a...

By Mark Viera  |  December 9, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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How Delaney found his stroke

After Malcolm Delaney had scored 31 points in Virginia Tech's 74-62 win over Georgia on Sunday, he spoke about spending some extra time in the gym to find his shot. While Virginia Tech played on the road in each of...

By Mark Viera  |  December 8, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies react to Chick-fil-A Bowl

In the beginning of the year, many people in Blacksburg thought that Virginia Tech would be basking the glow of a Bowl Championship Series selection at this point in the season. Although that has not happened, the Hokies' players said...

By Mark Viera  |  December 8, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Tuesday links

Here are your Tuesday links. By now, you surely know that Virginia Tech is playing Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta. But perhaps you didn't know that the Volunteers' star safety, Eric Berry, is as giddy...

By Mark Viera  |  December 8, 2009; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Davila’s solid showing vs. Georgia

Over the summer, Virginia Tech forward Victor Davila played against 7-foot-4 center Peter John Ramos while practicing with the Puerto Rican national team. He said it toughened him up. This season, Davila, a sophomore, has shown promise as an offensive...

By Mark Viera  |  December 7, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Allen in foul trouble for Hokies

Forward Jeff Allen is one of Virginia Tech’s most talented scorers, and he can prove it on any given night. But Allen has been limiting himself by getting into foul trouble. In the Hokies’ 74-62 win over Georgia on Sunday,...

By Mark Viera  |  December 7, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday links

Virginia Tech is playing Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta. Here are some links about the Hokies' bowl destination. ESPN.com's Heather Dinich gives a breakdown of how the Hokies match up with the Volunteers. Meanwhile, her...

By Mark Viera  |  December 7, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies and Vols to meet in Chick-fil-A Bowl

The meeting between Virginia Tech and Tennessee is one of the most sought match ups of football fans of both programs. The schools are separated by a 230-mile drive and their teams have discussed playing at a 160,000-seat auto-racing stadium....

By Mark Viera  |  December 6, 2009; 9:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Digesting a busy Saturday

Saturday provided an entertaining array of conference championship games. For the first time in the past two seasons, Virginia Tech's players were here in Blacksburg watching from a television screen and not taking part in a game of their own....

By Mark Viera  |  December 6, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sunday links

It's a busy Sunday here in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech's football team finds out where it will be bowling this winter, and its basketball team hosts Georgia in a difficult non-conference test. Here are your links. First, football. The Hokies played...

By Mark Viera  |  December 6, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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