Hokie Tracks are on the run in Hampton

Mike O'Cain talked to Andy Bitter. O'Cain divulges two really good nuggets of info here.

There is a philosophical approach that we have to our offense in the context of this team. You know, we're not just an offense going out trying to score every time. Now, obviously that is your goal. It's an offense going out there, compatible with our defense and our special teams and working to win the game. So sometimes that affects how you call the plays, if that makes sense. It's not just going out there and haphazardly ... that has some effect.

That's not passing the buck, that's BeamerBall. Beamer wants sustained scoring drives so on the sidelines his defense is resting and the opposing offense is twiddling their thumbs. With a stingy defense field goals are just as valuable as touchdowns. Winning the field position battle is of the upmost importance, and that's why the inconsistency at punter last year was detrimental to our success. We don't want to do anything too high-risk to fall behind the sticks. It's methodical and boring, but the formula yields wins.

More info than you'll ever need to know on the 2012 Virginia Tech Baseball Team

As basketball season winds down, and before football season starts up, lets focus on HokieBall.  The 2011 Hokie baseball team finished 30-25, 11-19 in ACC play, 5th out of 6 in the Coastal (ahead of Duke) and 9th overall in the ACC.  The Hokies look to improve upon last season, and will do so behind a much more experienced pitching staff.

The 2012 squad is 7-2 with wins over Bradley (2), Kennesaw State, West Virginia, Coastal Carolina, Iowa and High Point.  The 2 losses were to Kennesaw State and George Mason (c'mon guys).  Through the first 9 games the pitching staff has carried the team with a 2.62 ERA.  The bats and gloves need to wake up in order to improve upon last year's record.  Stars Andrew Rash and Ronnie Shaban have returned, and players such as Chad Pinder and Tyler Horan look to be primed for breakout years.

2012 Virginia Tech Football Schedule, Hokies-Georgia Tech on Labor Day Evening

The delays are over, and the schedule is finally here (complete ACC helmet schedule is here).

Sept 3 Ga Tech (Monday)
Sept 8 Austin Peay
Sept 15 at Pitt
Sept 22 Bowling Green
Sept 29 Cincy (Washington DC)
Oct 6 at UNC
Oct 13 Duke
Oct 20 at Clemson
Nov 1 at Miami (Thursday)
Nov 8 Florida State (Thursday)
Nov 17 at Boston College
Nov 24 UVA

Our opponents in 2012 will be much tougher than those we faced in 2011. Last season we didn't play a single non-ACC BCS opponent during the regular season. This year we play two: Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, neither of which will be in Lane. Also, Wake Forest rotates off of the schedule and Florida State comes on. So we play the two best Atlantic Division teams.

Hosting Georgia Tech Labor Day weeked to start the season is an obvious luxury. We'll be able to prep to defend the option during spring ball and August. It's also fortunate that we play North Carolina in the first half of the season. The 'Heels are very talented, and return Bryn Renner behind a veteran offensive line, but it will take them some time to learn the intricacies of Larry Fedora's spread. Playing Duke the week before Clemson is a bonus too.

Wilson Wows at Combine

David Wilson, Danny Coale and Jarret Boykin each worked out in front of NFL coaches, scouts and general managers Sunday at the NFL combine. Wilson had the most impressive day of the trio. The low point of his afternoon, and that's relative to an otherwise outstanding day, was posting a 4.49 40-yard-dash time (7th best among running backs). Many Hokies were expecting faster, Wilson ran a 4.29 40 last February during winter max testing. But keep in mind, that was clocked on a Tech watch, and speed coming out of a sprinter's stance doesn't accurately model speed in full pads on a football field. With that said, Wilson had the highest vertical jump of all the running backs (second overall), a freakish 41 inches. Wilson was also top among backs in the broad jump. He leapt 132 inches, 9 better than the next closest back and only an inch less than the top jump of the day. Enough numbers, he also passed the eye test of the experts.

"More I read and look at all these numbers, David Wilson absolutely blew up the Combine. Can downplay that, but he's a really good back too." -- Evan Silva, PFT

A To Date Basketball Summary

Editor's Note: The basketball season has been defined by close games. Tech is 5-8 in four-or-less point games. What could have been... An accurate summary of the highs, lows and what's to follow below. For the hell of it, let's go beat Duke. -- Joe

Virginia Tech is now 5-8 in games decided by four points or less, and for the fifth time in the past six contests the Hokies saw their fate determined on the final possession.

Countdown: 192

Today is Friday, it's the end of February, the ACC schedule still hasn't dropped, and spring ball is a long month away. Right now, aside from recruiting and attrition, there's not much football to be talked about.

The time honored tradition of appending a football to one's crotch as if to say, "come get some," is glorious in grayscale. Picture is via TheBurgs

The Hokies were 4-1 in 1894. They started the season off 4-0, shutting out Emory & Henry, Roanoke College and St. Albans both home and on the road. Their season ended with a 6-10 loss against VMI. That's your history lesson for the day.

If you've been lurking or are new around here, come by and say hello. Consider this an open-thread to talk about whatever is on your minds.

There are 192 days left until kickoff.

2013 Recruiting: Anthony Shegog

Anthony Shegog is a 6-2, 195 pound do-it-all player for the North Stafford Wolverines (Stafford, VA). He plays on both sides of the ball at a myriad of positions, namely: linebacker, safety, wide receiver and running back. He was recognized in 2011 as an All-Met defensive honorable mention, first team all-Commonwealth District performer at defensive back and second team selection at wide receiver. He prefers playing receiver to running back because, as he put it, "I can just use my body to come up and get the ball over the, usually, smaller corner backs." However, he's being recruited to play safety in college. While he says mostly his size sets him apart from other players at his position(s), he's also trying to increase his speed.

"Last summer, I did a 4.6 on a 40 and I'm trying to get to a low 4.5."

Shegog, who is ranked by VirginiaPreps.com as the 28th best prospect in the Commonwealth, visited Virginia Tech last Saturday for junior day. He met with Bud Foster (his primary recruiter), Torrian Gray and Frank Beamer. "I liked it a lot. The coaches are real friendly, and they have great facilities," he said of his trip. What stood out to him the most, "I really liked the weight room, because it's not too big or too small, the right amount of people get in to do their weights." Shegog left Blacksburg with a scholarship offer.

Report: James Farrow to Transfer

Update: It looks likes Virginia Tech is denying Allen Trieu's original report. Andy Bitter Tweeted the following: "Virginia Tech says CB James Farrow has not been granted a release. http://Scout.com tweet says he has with intent to transfer. #Hokies". Mark Giannotto then Tweeted "Torrian Gray, Farrow's position coach and recruiter, said this is the first he's heard about Farrow potentially transferring. #Hokies".

I followed up with Trieu on Twitter about Tech's denial.

It seems like he spoke with Farrow this morning. Farrow himself Tweeted the following (1, 2) about an hour ago.

Draw your own conclusions about what's happening. My original post is as follows.


This report is according to Allen Trieu of Scout.com (Fox Sports NEXT).

UVA Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (15-12, 4-8) vs Virginia Cavaliers (20-6, 7-5)

When: Tuesday, February 21 @ 9:00 p.m.

TV: ESPNU (Carter Blackburn and Jay Williams)

Where: Cassell Coliseum (9,847), Blacksburg, VA

The Hokies and 'Hoos renew their rivalry inside Cassell tonight nearly a month to the day after their first meeting, a 47-45 Virginia Tech victory in Charlottesville. Here's what I wrote prior to the first game:

As you can see, there isn’t much offense from the Hoos outside of their two starts, Joe Harris and Mike Scott. Harris loves to shoot the three, as he did pretty well against the Hokies last year (6-10 in two games). He’s taken 85 attempts from beyond the arc this year, and is making about 39 percent of those attempts. This year, though, he has started to create a game inside the arc, where he’s shooting right around 47 percent.

The real story for UVA, though, is super senior Mike Scott. After missing the majority of last year with a knee injury, Scott received a medical redshirt and is taking full advantage. He is a legitimate candidate for the ACC MVP and has absolutely shredded the Hokies in his previous four years at UVA. He’s scored 20+ points in each of the last three games and is averaging nearly 15ppg against Tech during his career to go along with eight boards per game.