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Hokies Journal: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Halftime notes from BC game

Virginia Tech built a 38-29 lead at halftime thanks largely to a stifling defensive effort against Boston College's flex offense. While the Eagles shot 52.6 percent from the field, many of their possessions were empty because they had difficulty finding...

By Mark Viera  |  January 23, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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ACC hoops comes to Cassell

Although Virginia Tech's meeting with Boston College is not the first Atlantic Coast Conference meeting in Blacksburg, this is the first time there's been real buzz before a game. About an hour before tipoff, there were folks roaming around downtown...

By Mark Viera  |  January 23, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. Tech needs to 'compete harder' offensively

For Virginia Tech, there has been a heightened emphasis on playing tough defensively. But while the Hokies have maintained a defense-first mentality, Coach Seth Greenberg said he also wanted to see his team compete harder offensively. “Work harder to get...

By Mark Viera  |  January 22, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday links

Friday is here. Eat, drink and be merry. And enjoy some morning reading. To start, tthere's Virginia Tech football news. The university made it official with defensive coordinator Bud Foster, finalizing an annuity package that will pay $800,000 if he...

By Mark Viera  |  January 22, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech announces terms of Foster deal

Virginia Tech just issued a news release detailing the terms of defensive coordinator Bud Foster's compensation agreement. Foster will receive $800,000 in deferred compensation if he remains employed at Virginia Tech through the 2014 football season. The full release, after...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 21, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Greenberg on the wild, wacky ACC

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg is never at a loss for words. But when asked to describe the topsy-turvy ACC, he borrowed the words of ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy. "It's no different than the NBA: it's a make or...

By Mark Viera  |  January 21, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Should the NCAA tournament expand to 96?

Post columnist Tracee Hamilton weighs in with her thoughts on expanding the NCAA tournament field to 96 teams. Here's a preview: She truly, utterly loathes the idea. What do you think? Should the NCAA tournament field be expanded to 96...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 21, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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ACC coaches give high praise to Delaney

Before the season, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said that only uninformed college basketball followers would think Malcolm Delaney is one of the most underrated guards in the country. Those who know, he reasoned, would be well aware of Delaney....

By Mark Viera  |  January 21, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday links

It's the first Thursday of the new semester for Virginia Tech students, meaning it's the start of the first weekend. But after that, there's little excitement in Blacksburg. The show goes on, so here are some links. The Post's Eric...

By Mark Viera  |  January 21, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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With dunk, Green leaves impression

For all the talk about Erick Green's development and his need to play with more swagger, the Virginia Tech freshman made an emphatic statement about his growth with one ferocious dunk on Monday night. With 6 minutes 45 seconds remaining...

By Mark Viera  |  January 20, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Greenberg defends Allen's recent play

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has said that forward Jeff Allen needs to play with more consistency and avoid picking up fouls. But after the Hokies' 72-30 win over North Carolina Central on Monday, Greenberg defended Allen and projected him...

By Mark Viera  |  January 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday links

It's a slow Wednesday in Blacksburg. Here are some links to help get you started. Bill Roth, the radio voice of the Hokies, penned a good column that asserts that Virginia Tech' season will be written over the next important...

By Mark Viera  |  January 20, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies walk-on has a night to remember

Many people outside Blacksburg might not know who Paul Debnam is. But at Virginia Tech, he is a crowd favorite. Debnam, the Hokies' senior walk-on, had a night to remember in Monday's 72-30 drubbing of North Carolina Central. Debnam scored...

By Mark Viera  |  January 19, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Delaney to nurse ankle in slow week

Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney is still battling a sprained left ankle. But the good news is that the Hokies have off this week to allow Delaney to get healthy. Delaney aggravated the ankle again Monday in a 72-30 win...

By Mark Viera  |  January 19, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

It's the start of the spring semester classes here in Blacksburg. So, in that case, here's some reading to jump start the semester. (If you could only dream of being back in college, just pretend.) Virginia Tech split its back-to-back...

By Mark Viera  |  January 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Will Foster leave Virginia Tech?

Each off season renews a conversation that centers on one question: Will Bud Foster leave Virginia Tech to coach elsewhere? While Foster previously expressed interest in the Memphis opening and was courted by Georgia for its defensive coordinator position, the...

By Mark Viera  |  January 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Will Delaney's ankle affect him?

Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Virginia Tech's game Monday night with North Carolina Central is whether guard Malcolm Delaney will continued to be bothered by his left ankle. Delaney tweaked his left ankle after being rolled underneath a pile...

By Mark Viera  |  January 18, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Monday links

It's a busy Monday in Blacksburg. The men's and women's basketball teams have games at Cassell Coliseum, so here's some reading to get the day started. The Hokies men are coming off of a disappointing loss at Florida State on...

By Mark Viera  |  January 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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