14...Torrian Gray.

End Zone Hugs!

Coach Gray started at rover in 1994 and '95 before moving to safety for his senior season. He was tied for the team high in interceptions in '93 and '94 with 3 and 4 picks respectively. He finished his career with 9 total interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and was named All-Big East in '94-96.

Trivia*:

Beamer Earns Extension Through 2016

"I appreciate Virginia Tech's confidence in me leading this program," said Beamer, who is entering his 24th season at the helm. "I believe that continuity has led to the consistency in our program, and we hope for even better days ahead."

Negotiations for the compensation package will begin in January of 2012 to be effective with the start of the contract extension.

via: Hokie Sports.com

The 20 Years of Memories: Part 2

And now for the finale of The 20 Years of Memories. If you’re unfamiliar with what this is all about check out Part 1. These last ten are fresher in my mind than the first and therefore they are a bit more satisfying and sobering.

The Wedding - November 25, 2000 (-)

VT 42
UVA 21

Let's see, the most electric football player of the last decade was playing in Lane versus an over matched Hoo squad. That certainly sounds like a good memory to have, but I have a different one for a much better reason. I was married that day... during the game. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception in the Chrysler Museum. I missed all of Michael Vick’s last home game. I still get grief from my friends over the date selection FAIL.

The Head Ringer - December 1, 2001 (Live)

Miami 26
VT 24

Eventual National Champion Miami dominated everyone in 2000 with their two-deep NFL roster. They were putting it on the Hokies early, but the lunchpailers eventually fought their way back into it. Eric Green* blocked a punt with a little over six minutes to go that was scooped up by Brandon Manning and taken to the house for six. The fans erupted during the block then seconds later after the score that left the Hokies only two back of the mighty Canes. It’s almost unfathomable that my loudest Lane moment came during the SEZ expansion when the stadium was at less than total capacity. Minutes later the deafening joy turned to silence when Ernest Wilford dropped a gimme two-point conversion.


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19...Danny Coale.

Coale's catch and run was a thing of beauty, but we all know how that played out. Now look at the story told by the faces of the coaches, players and fans in the stands by their gambit of emotions: shock, anticipation, exhilaration, joy, ..., and what have you.

Preseason BlogPoll Ballot

I'm voting in the 2010 BlogPoll along with over 100 other bloggers. The BlogPoll is different from the other major polls because it is transparent and the voters actually watch a bunch of different games. We're not coaches or mainstream media beholden to one specific team or beat. After the jump you'll find my preseason ballot. I encourage you to leave feedback, because you have the power to sway my vote with a good enough argument (straight cash will do too).

20...Cornhole.

In twenty more days we'll all be playing cornhole at FedEx. And if you don't know by now the boards below belong to BeerControlOffense.

I'm jealous.

What I'd Do With Logan Thomas

Logan Thomas was named QB-two yesterday. This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has watched or read about any significant portion of practice since spring. He's outperformed Ju-Ju on the field and the upside of his athleticism is a bonus. The experience of all the backup reps during the fall will give him the inside track to be the starter going into spring 2011. In fact, it will essentially guarantee him the job. However, my opinion contradicts what Mike O'Cain has said.

An Impromptu Trip to Blacksburg

I finished watching College Football Live at 9:58 this morning. Afterwards it became evident that I needed more of a football fix than listening to the ESPN talking heads. Solution, the Hokies' first public scrimmage was this afternoon at 4:45. I was in the car at noon, arrived in the 'Burg at 4:15 and was in Lane Stadium with 15 minutes to spare.

Fast forward to 8:00 pm. Sitting to the left of my laptop on this wobbly hotel desk are 3 notebook pages full of shorthand. It looks like English encrypted by an Enigma Machine. It's inexperience at its finest. I'll take better notes the next time, but for now here's my best decryption.

Paint the Capital Maroon

For those of you upset about this logo being a little too blue...

Don't worry because the Hokie Bird stopped on by this morning to help us liven things up a bit...

All the credit goes to magduffs. Please thank her appropriately.

There's only 24 more days until Virginia Tech football.

Quick Notes on Commit James Farrow

Farrow played cornerback, wide receiver and served as his team's kick and punt returner last season as a junior. On special teams, he averaged 46 yards per kick return and returned three kicks for scores. He averaged 15 yards per punt return as well.

Prior to Thursday's visit, Farrow told TechSideline.com that Virginia Tech was indeed pursuing him as a cornerback. Tech now has two 2011 commitments at the position, with Farrow joining H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) standout Adeboye Aromire.

"I'm almost positive they want me as a corner," the Minnesota prep star said. "They really like my frame for the position."

Lane Stadium 1965

I'm sure at one time or another on an autumn Saturday in the shadows of Lane Stadium you've shot the shit with an old-time Hokie. If not, you have no excuse not to. Old people are full of knowledge, real genuine back in the day football knowledge, and they like to share booze. Interact with them. Ahem, anyways, the phrase, "it's not like it used to be here", or something similar gets tossed around a bunch by those in Blacksburg old enough to remember the US getting involved in Vietnam. Up until now I didn't have the faintest idea of what that meant.

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Play the man, not the ball.


via: http://spec.lib.vt.edu

Trivia*:

  1. Name the Hokie pictured above. (I have no idea who it is so be prepared to prove your case.)
  2. On what day did the Hokies play their first first Big East conference game?
  3. He won 26 games as a starting quarterback for the Hokies, the most under Coach Beamer.

Oh, and say it with me now, "Bonus Video!"

Jake Goins Picks the Hokies

Offensive tackle Jake Goins from Manchester High School (Midlothian, Virginia) committed to Virginia Tech today. He selected the Hokies over Clemson, Maryland and UVa. Goins perfectly fits the mold of a Curt Newsome offensive lineman recruit. He's 6'5" around 280 lbs. The big man can move his feet and will be effective in Newsome's zone blocking schemes. He'll need some polish before seeing any significant playing time, but can turnout to be a great pickup.

The 20 Years of Memories: Part 1

This idea just sort of hit me last night as I was deciding what to write about. What are my best memories over the years I have been going to Hokie games. I narrowed it down even more, picking one memory per year for each of the last 20 years. I was onto something and coincidentally it’s a nice round number, so, let's go...

A little background information before I begin. I went to my first Hokie football game as a skinny, goofy 17 year old high school senior. This was before the bowl streak, back when 6-5 was the norm for a season. I was there for the 1992 season when Tech finished 2-8-1 and many wanted Beamer fired (oops!) Hell, back then you couldn't find a hot Virginia Tech Starter jacket or hat in the stores and Nike didn't even make Hokie apparel. VT clothing for the most part was butt ugly. Anyway, the best experiences involving VT football and basketball my freshman and sophomore years usually came from camping outside of Cassell Coliseum for a few nights with friends to get student tickets to the big games. Looking back, I made some great memories. They were good times.

For most years, there is one dominant memory stuck in my head. It made picking pretty easy, but obviously a lot of notable moments were left out. Some memories will be a single play, or an entire game, while others will be an entire day, and unfortunately some will be memories I wish to forget. Just remember, this is my list and what I chose were not always the best moment for the team that year. I decided to break this column into two parts, so here is 1990-1999, I hope you enjoy and please share some of your own. With a nod to Seinfeld, each of the twenty gets it's own title.

The Easy Choice - November 24, 1990 (Live)

VT 38
UVA 13

My first true Virginia Tech experience, came when I was a high school senior. I had been to Blacksburg a couple times growing up, since I have family from the area (story for another time), but not as a prospective student. At the time I had applications (later acceptances) at Virginia Tech, William & Mary and UVA. A family friend took his son, his best friend and myself to the game. I was genuinely excited and thought I was ready. Holy crap, I was not. Blacksburg was in pandemonium. This was the big time. The entire campus wanted nothing more than to make UVA more miserable after the #1 Hoos were upset by GT at the beginning of the month. This was big time football in a small town that wasn't on the national football radar yet. It was a life changing day, that I will never forget. I had found home.

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via: http://spec.lib.vt.edu

Trivia*:

  1. Name the Hokie pictured above.
  2. This Hokie is nicknamed after a delicious Mexican entrée and started 27 games.
  3. This Hokie holds NCAA record for most consecutive games scoring a touchdown.

*The first person to leave a comment with the correct answer(s) gets a point. Each correct answer is worth a point. At the end of the season the most points wins a free tee from GameDay Passion.

Memorabilia Contest Voting: Most Commemorative

First off I'd like to say thank you to everyone who posted pictures of their memorabilia. This crazy idea for a contest would have fallen on its face if it wasn't for y'all, so kudos. Every piece submitted was marvelous and it shows just how much we treasure not only Hokie football, but Virginia Tech.

Originally I said I'd break up the submissions into the following categories: oldest, rarest, funniest, maroon-est, and most obnoxious (those making fun of UVa or other rivals). Well I'm throwing those out the window. Based on the entries received I've made the new categories: most commemorative, most unique and flashiest gear. I'm also doing away with best in show voiting. Instead, the top two vote getters in the most commemorative and unique categories will each win a shirt. I'll quickly summarize the effects of the changes. Before we had 4 category winners plus a best in show for five total winners. Now we have 3 categories and five total winners. See, not much has changed.

Today I'll open up the polls for most commemorative. You'll have a week to vote. The voting for most unique and flashiest gear will follow over the next two-three weeks leading up to kickoff.

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