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It's going to be a slow day on Hokies Journal because I'm traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., to do some reporting on Virginia Tech's meeting with Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta. But here are some links to start you off.'s Heather Dinich thinks that the Hokies played it smart by ending the rampant talk surrounding Bud Foster by offering him a handsome deal to keep him in Blacksburg as Virginia Tech's defensive coordinator.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's recruiting practices have been under NCAA scrutiny. But on Wednesday, the Volunteers landed a big-name junior-college transfer: Matt Simms. The quarterback is the son of New York Giants great Phil Simms and and the brother of Denver Broncos reserve quarterback Chris Simms.

Speaking of those possible recruiting violations, Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton told the Knoxville News Sentinel on Wednesday that the university's athletic boosters don't seem to mind the negative publicity that has surrounded the football program. But Hamilton also told the News Sentinel that this year Tennessee failed to reach the six-digit mark in annual home-game football attendance for the first time since 1995.

While Virginia Tech had two players named to third-team all-American teams, Tennessee safety Eric Berry was named a first-team all-American by the Associated Press.

By Mark Viera  |  December 17, 2009; 9:02 AM ET
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