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Hokies Journal: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Beamer talks about JMU and a possible playoff, and some more notes

While the Hokies were busy winning their eighth-consecutive game of the season Saturday, those pesky James Madison Dukes upped their record to 5-5 with an upset of William & Mary, the No. 1 ranked team in Division 1-AA heading into...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 13, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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ESPN's Jay Bilas talks Virginia Tech basketball

As part of my Virginia Tech men's basketball season preview that ran in last weekend's paper, I spoke with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas about his thoughts on the upcoming season. Some of what he said was included in the story,...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 12, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Pick 'em: Virginia Tech at North Carolina

This Saturday's matchup with North Carolina could be Virginia Tech's toughest game since its season-opening loss to Boise State. And considering that game against the Broncos was played in front of mostly Hokie fans, there's an argument to be made...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 12, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Concussion concerns for Virginia Tech DE Chris Drager

When the athletic department release came out Tuesday detailing why Virginia Tech defensive end Chris Drager would miss Saturday's game against North Carolina, the terminology used stuck out. The team said the fourth-year junior was out because of "lingering effects...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 11, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinching the ACC's Coastal Division

Compared with all the wacky scenarios that could happen in the ACC's Atlantic Division -- there are 128 to be exact, according to a blog post by my colleague Eric Prisbell -- crowning a Coastal Division champion seems rather mundane....

By Mark Giannotto  | November 11, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Virginia Tech basketball injury update

We're just two days away from the Virginia Tech men's basketball team tipping off its season Friday night against Campbell, so what better time to update everyone on the common theme in Blacksburg this week: injuries. First, there's senior guard...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 10, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech basketball officially nabs top 15 recruiting class

The Virginia Tech men's basketball program received letters-of-intent from four top-100 recruits during college basketball's national signing day Wednesday, an unprecedented haul under Coach Seth Greenberg. Forwards C.J. Barksdale and Dorian Finney-Smith from Virginia join guards Marquis Rankin of North...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 10, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Tar Heels' tailback dilemma, and some more UNC notes

With North Carolina's top running back Johnny White out for the remainder of the regular season after breaking his clavicle in the Tar Heels' 37-35 win over Florida State last weekend, Coach Butch Davis might do something unprecedented when Virginia...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 10, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia Tech's slow starts continue

During the Boise State game, a 17-0 deficit seemed insurmountable for Virginia Tech. Against East Carolina, a 10-0 hole appeared to be season-ending. When North Carolina State went up 17-0 at home, it was like deja vu. So by the...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 10, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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RB David Wilson, DE Chris Drager will miss UNC game

Just hours after Virginia Tech head trainer Mike Goforth said running back David Wilson's status was day-to-day with virus-like symptoms, the team announced the sophomore has been ruled out of Saturday's game against North Carolina after learning he has mononucleosis....

By Mark Giannotto  | November 9, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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RB David Wilson is day-to-day with a virus

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson dazzled a national television audience with his blazing speed during Thursday night's 28-21 victory over Georgia Tech, but his status for this weekend's showdown against North Carolina is now in doubt. Wilson was not...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 9, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ryan Williams, Coach Billy Hite talk about Virginia Tech's running back rotation

It became quite obvious as Thursday night's game against Georgia Tech went on that running backs coach Billy Hite had a simple rotation in mind for his three dynamic running backs. Junior Darren Evans started the game and played one...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 9, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Beamer lauds North Carolina's defense, and some more notes

Considering Virginia Tech faced what is now the second-best defense in the entire country to open this season, Coach Frank Beamer has a good launching point in terms of defensive comparisons. Boise State currently ranks second nationally in both scoring...

By Mark Giannotto  | November 8, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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North Carolina loses another key player

With all the issues encircling North Carolina's football program this year, it really is remarkable that the Tar Heels are still in the conversation to qualify for the ACC championship game heading into Saturday's game against No. 16 Virginia Tech....

By Mark Giannotto  | November 8, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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