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Snow alters Virginia Tech's travel plans

So far, snow has been the story of 2010 for the mid-Atlantic region. And the threat of another storm is affecting Virginia Tech's travel plans for its game at North Carolina State on Wednesday.

The Hokies were set to leave from Blacksburg early Tuesday afternoon, earlier than the coaches would have liked, after having a practice here. Coach Seth Greenberg was asked if he wanted the team to leave on Monday night in case the conditions were poor, but he declined.

"I don’t want to be there for three days," Greenberg said Monday of leaving early for Raleigh, N.C., which is about a 3 1/2-hour drive. "The kids get cabin fever. We’re leaving tomorrow earlier than we want to because of the weather."

Like some other coaches in the ACC, Greenberg has had to learn to manage his travel schedule. There is a delicate balance, it seems, between leaving before the snow piles up, while to maximize team performance.

Before playing in Blacksburg on Saturday, Clemson had to deal with adjusted travel plans. It was initially scheduled to fly to Virginia Tech last Friday at 4 p.m., but instead left on Thursday at 7 p.m. because of the impending snowstorm. The Tigers, who stayed at a hotel on campus, tried to maintain a normal practice schedule, but fell to the Hokies on Saturday.

The latest news about the weather's affect on the conference basketball schedule came on Tuesday, when the Virginia-Maryland basketball game was rescheduled for Feb. 15 because of the winter conditions in the mid-Atlantic region. The game was scheduled to be played on Wednesday, but both universities and the ACC agreed that the "rare postponement is in the best interest of all involved," according to a news release.

By Mark Viera  |  February 9, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
 
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