The Hokies are 0-2 in the ACC for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The team has looked lifeless, lost and inept in their first two conference games against Wake Forest and Florida State. Some fans are angry, others are showing patience with the young team.
I stepped foot inside Cassell Coliseum just two times during my four years at Virginia Tech. The first was mandatory. All freshman were herded inside for orientation a day or two before classes started. All I remember was the speaker explaining the importance of Ut Prosim, and how those cadets in attendance would know the truest sense of the motto. The last was for a celebration.
Screaming all the way my buddy jumped off the couch like his ass was on fire, ran outside my apartment and smashed two empty beer bottles against the cold metal backside of the stairs. Virginia Tech had just beaten Miami, in Miami, back when Miami was back. We had won our first ACC Championship, and it was a big deal. Soon after, my roommate got an email or an IM (remember AIM?) notifying us that there'd be a reception to welcome back the team that night.
We were pretty drunk and my roommate hit on a 70-year-old lady in front of her husband. One of my favorite college nights.
The BCO came up with this idea a couple of months ago, a way for us to have a little fun, and close out the 2011 season. He and I co-authored the final poll. At the very least we have Alabama first, Clemson ahead of Virginia Tech and the SEC overvalued. Your arguments are invalid.
1. Alabama - Held LSU to 92 yards in the championship game; Georgia Southern ran for 302 yards on them in the middle of November. The masters of the one game season.
2. LSU - They now own college football's all-time resume with wins over: the Orange, Cotton, Rose and BCS National Champions.
3. Arkansas - But, but, they only lost to Alabama and LSU. #RememberThe5
4. Oklahoma State - Mike Gundy is 40, but any coach that loses a yard to setup a field goal, game winning or otherwise, when he's sniffing the end zone instead of punching it in for six isn't my man.
5. South Carolina - They play in the SEC East, that's as good as the SEC West, right?
6. USC Trogans - Lane Kiffin coached in the SEC, he knows what it takes to win at the highest level.
7. Oregon - The best team in the country (as long as they don't have to play defense).
8. Stanford - "Start of a dynasty. They won't miss Luck." -- No One
9. Wisconsin - SEC speed > Big 12 speed > Pac-12 speed > rate at which coaches are leaving Wisconsin > B1G speed
10. Michigan State - The B1G will hang their hat on Sparty's win over Georgia for the next 5 years.
Football season is over, yes that is depressing, but I woke up to very good news this morning. The Hokies have a wrestler ranked #1 in the country at his weight class for the first time since 2002. Devin Carter is the top wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, I'm probably more impressed with this than most of you because I have watched him wrestle from the time he was a freshman in high school.
With college football coming to an uninspiring end, it’s time to switch gears and focus on college basketball. For those that haven’t been keeping tabs on this season, you’re not alone. The Hokies are priming themselves for another run to the bubble and have a big game tonight against Florida State. Here’s a preview:
Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (11-4, 0-1) vs Florida State Seminoles (9-6, 0-1)
When: Tuesday, January 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
TV: ESPNU (Carter Blackburn and Jay Williams)
Where: Cassell Coliseum (9,847), Blacksburg, VA
The Opponent: Florida State comes to the Cassell as desperate, if not more so, than the Hokies after just one conference game. The ‘Noles were dumptrucked by 20 in their conference opener at Clemson on Saturday and have lost 3 of their last 4 overall. This is a big game for FSU as they host North Carolina (in addition to ESPN’s College Gameday) this Saturday, which could make them 0-3 in conference if they can’t win Blacksburg.
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Two-thousand-eleven was the second full season we covered, and it was our biggest yet.
Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (11-3, 0-0) @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-5, 0-0)
When: Saturday, January 7 @ 12:00 p.m.
TV: ACC Network (Mike Hogewood and Dan Bonner)
Where: Joel Coliseum (14,665), Winston-Salem, NC
The Opponent: The Hokies enter conference play as winners of six straight after a gritty 67-61 win at Oklahoma State last Saturday, snapping the Pokes’ 37-game non-conference home winning streak in the process. Tech has been playing really good basketball and has had contributions from a lot of different guys.
Dorenzo Hudson scored his 1,000th point against Oklahoma State and led the team with 18 points. He’s one of six players that has led the team in scoring in the first 14 games this year. Interestingly enough, the Hokies have held the lead at halftime in every one of their games this year.
A good opening to ACC play is critical for Tech. After Wake, the Hokies host a scuffling Florida State team on Tuesday and then have an extremely winnable road game at Boston College next weekend. Starting strong is emphasized even more by what lies afterwards (UNC, @UVA, BYU, @UMD, Duke) in a span of 15 days.
David Wilson plays football on Sundays. The Hokies running back announced minutes ago he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Wilson is rated as the 22nd overall player and 2nd running back available in the 2012 draft according to ESPN Scouts Inc.
Wilson rushed for 1,709 yards in 2011. That campaign broke Tech's single-season rushing record previously held by Ryan Williams (1,655 '09).
One or more inexperienced players: Tony Gregory (who had surgery on his left ACL yesterday), Michael Holmes, or incoming 2012 freshman J.C. Coleman, Chris Mangus or Drew Harris will try to succeed Wilson at running back this fall.
Best of luck in the NFL DW4. We'll miss your play on the field, and charisma off it, a lot.
The Frankinator released a bunch of updates on his website today regarding the future of the program.
Ju-Ju Clayton, Isaiah Hamlette, Courtney Prince and Dwight Tucker will not return to the program in 2012. Prince has one more season of eligibility and will transfer to Eastern Kentucky. Hamlette is looking to play at a I-AA school. Both have already graduated. Neither Clayton and Tucker will continue their football careers, both will graduate in May.
J.C. Coleman and Dewayne Alford will enroll in classes for the spring semester. Two other players are expected to join them. (Expect one of them to be Robert Lockhart.)
The 2012 Maroon-White Game is April 21st at 4:00 pm.
The Hokies could sign as many as 28 players in the upcoming 2012 class.
Winter Workouts begin on January 17th when the players return and run through March 12th.
Georgia transfer Brent Benedict will be a redshirt sophomore in 2012.
A projected first-team offensive line was listed as: Nick Becton, David Wang, Andrew Miller, Brent Benedict and Michael Via. Vinston Painter, Laurence Gibson Mark Shuman and Nick Acree are expected to battle for playing time as well.
These last two updates are included verbatim, read between the lines at your own risk.
I woke up this morning with teeth gritted, brain throbbing, and my heart aching. The Hokies played their collective asses off last night, and for the outcome to be what it was just makes you sick to your stomach for those kids. The defensive line, perhaps for the first time since the injury to Antoine Hopkins, completely dominated the line of scrimmage. The Hokie secondary (after a couple of hickups early) was a ballhawking unit. The linebackers did all that was asked to make Denard Robinson look like a freshman without a clue. Logan Thomas and his receivers had an outstanding game.
"DAH-NY COALE! DAH-NY COALE! DAH-NY COALE!" All the Hokies chanting, high-fiving and hugging me thought he made the catch. I didn't. Not because it din't look like a catch, it did, I saw it on replay. It looked good. It looked like a game winning catch. One of those big catches that's featured on SportsCenter and bootlegged onto YouTube. Everyone's sharing that video the next morning in the office. Your coworkers are huddled behind you ohhh-ing and ahhh-ing watching it while they sip their morning's coffee. I knew it seemed too good to be true.
That team made me proud.
No we didn't win. I'm sure a lot of y'all are pissed about some play calls. I am. More carries for Logan. More carries for Logan. More carries for Logan. More carries for Logan, especially on short yardage situations. But this wasn't the Orange Bowl last year. We didn't get our balls beat in. We didn't get throttled. We didn't get out-coached. We didn't get out-played. No one punched us in the throat... And that's why it hurts.
I have an ache in my chest right now too painful for words to describe. We came sooooooooo close, but failed. That's a strong word, but it's accurate--we failed. We came to play. We came to fucking play this game.
It starts at 8:00 PM east coast time. Box and BCO are running the show so play nice and go Hokies!
Y'ALL. I'm still somewhat reeling from New Years Eve on Bourbon Street. Laughs help in the recovry, or so I'm told.
I was having a hard time developing a dislike for Michigan fans. All of them that I had previously met seem like real, down to earth people. Fans I've interacted with are well knowledgable and passionate. They're smart, reasonable people. And then I saw some hipster douche go up to two elderly Tech fans in the hotel lobby, and obnoxiously real "GO BLUE" in their faces. TIME TO UNLEASH THE HATERADE.
I dunno about y'all, but it's really annoying how the meda keeps harping on how Tech hasn't played any quality opponents.
Thanks to kind Internet souls like mgodisney I was able to efficiently watch five Michigan games yesterday (Ohio State, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State and Notre Dame). The Wolverines improved each week during the season. That's coach speak, but it's true. In their final two games against Nebraska and Ohio State, Michigan was a complete team with a lot of confidence capable of moving the ball and playing good enough defense.
I know we're playing Michigan, but let's talk about Iowa real quick, more specifically Iowa-Michigan. Watch this, or as much as you can tolerate, or for as long as it takes you to realize there's a high probability '08 Stinepring is calling the plays for the Hawkeyes.
Beads. Everyone is going to try to give and get theirs while in New Orleans so let's have a little fun.
BC RECORD: 1-5 (0-3 ACC) (L 36-14 against #8 Clemson)
VT RECORD: 6-1 (2-1 ACC) (W 38-17 against Wake Forest)
SCORE: (12) VT 30 – BC 14
It's the defense stupid. That's the main reason for Michigan's turnaround in 2011. You can see the trend quickly in chart form courtesy of /r/cfb. If you'd prefer long-ish form Andy Bitter has you covered.
Oft-criticized defensive coordinator Greg Robinson had never run the 3-3-5 scheme former coach Rich Rodriguez preferred and was forced to work with many of the assistants Rodriguez brought with him in 2009-10. The Wolverines' defense, which had always been stout under ex-coach Lloyd Carr, dropped from 24th nationally in Carr's final season to 82nd, 67th and 110th in Rodriguez's three years.
Enter Mattison, who used to coach at Michigan, Notre Dame and, most recently, the NFL's Baltimore Ravens from 2008-10.
A proponent of the 4-3 defense, Mattison's scheme better suited Michigan's personnel, with defensive lineman Mike Martin (54 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 3 sacks) and Ryan Van Bergen (41 tackles, 12 TFls, 5 sacks) starring up front.