Scheduling Notes

Virginia Tech announced the Austin Peay game will kickoff at 1:30 PM, and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

/sarcastic enthusiasm

Although the extra hour and a half of tailgating is a positive.

As of now we know three other start times and networks in addition to Austin Peay: 9/3 Georgia Tech 8:00 ESPN, 11/1 at Miami 7:30 PM ESPN, and 11/8 Florida State 7:30 ESPN. If I had to guess, at Pitt, Cincinnati, at Clemson and Virginia all stand a good chance to be on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, while the rest of the games will either be local on the ACC Network or ESPN3. If both Tech and Clemson are undefeated, that's an 8:00 Gameday game if I've ever seen one.

The rest of the ACC's early season TV schedule is here. Note that there are two Chick-fil-A kickoff games this year: NC State-Tennessee and Clemson-Auburn. ESPN sat the former at the kid's table (ESPNU). I think we can all laugh at that.

Moving forward.

Report: UNC-Wilmington Guard Adam Smith Transfers To Virginia Tech

The report is from the notoriously reliable senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman.

According to Brian Mull, who covers UNC-Wilmington for the StarNews, Smith ended up at Tech because of his connection with new assistant coach Mark Byington. Byington recruited Smith while at the College of Charleston.

As a freshman, Smith performed well against ACC competition.

Smith played great in both games the Seahawks played against ACC opponents this past season. Against the Maryland Terrapins on Nov. 13, Smith scored 23 points and shot five-for-nine from three-point range against the Terrapins. Against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Dec. 21, Smith scored 32 points on seven-of-twelve shooting from beyond the three-point line.

The Big 12 is Interested in Hokie Tracks

I never thought I'd enjoy a soap opera, but Florida State is quite entertaining. Today, former FSU linebacker and trustee (right now that's the more important part), Derrick Brooks said the Big 12 approached FSU, and not the other way around Here's the audio from the Tim Brando show. So a former trustee has confirmed there is actual interest from the Big 12, while a BOT member thinks it's in FSU's best interest to listen to what the Big 12 has to say, meanwhile the president has reaffirmed FSU's commitment to the ACC. Not everyone at FSU is on the same page, or so it seems.

2013 Recruiting: Wyatt Teller

Wyatt Teller has played defensive end, offensive tackle, linebacker, and H-Back for Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. Both Rivals and 247 rate him a 4-star recruit, and both Virginia Tech and Virginia want to sign him, and they're the favorites.

"Not many people can scratch their kneecap without bending over." — Liberty football coach Sean Finnerty (via

After watching his film, it was no surprise that he holds 14 I-A offers including: Tech, UVa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, South Carolina and Clemson. On his highlights he's relentlessly aggressive, physically superior in size and speed to everyone he lines up against. Liberty coach Sean Finnerty was gracious enough to talk to me about his stud player.

How is his play when he becomes engaged with blockers, is he able to separate well, move down the line and maintain good position?

What's Eating at FSU?

Instead of flaming out like a lot of message board prognostications, the Florida State and the Big 12 conversation is starting to boil up. Money, of course, is at the core of Noles' discontent with the ACC, while the Big 12 is eyeing a huge payday. Let's start here, Florida State's athletic department is cash-strapped.

The Florida State University athletic department may be forced to cut as much as $2.4 million in expenditures for the 2012-13 fiscal year in part because of what athletic director Randy Spetman called lagging ticket sales in football.

Meanwhile, FSU is surrounded by (recruiting against, trying to be more relevant than) SEC schools that are swimming in the cash like Scrooge McDuck.

Even though the ACC's new deal with ESPN will bring FSU up to about $17 million annually in TV revenue, that's still $3 million less than the Big 12. Not only that, but some estimate the recently expanded SEC's new deal could earn each conference school as much as $25 million per year. Translation: Over the span of the ACC's 15-year contract, FSU will earn $120 million less than the Gators.

Hokie Softball Makes NCAA Tournament, Heads to Knoxville

For the first time since a College World Series appearance in 2008, Virginia Tech softball is headed back to the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies will be part of the Knoxville regional and play UAB in the first round on Friday at 3:30pm. Host Tennessee, ranked 7th nationally, and Miami University (OH) make up the other half of the double-elimination regional.

Tech (40-19, 12-8 ACC) is coming off an impressive run to the ACC Championship, where they knocked off Maryland and top seed North Carolina before falling to Georgia Tech in the Championship game. The Hokies were one of five ACC teams selected on Sunday, joining Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, and Maryland.

This season has been tremendous for the Hokies, who were picked 6th in the conference before the season but exceeded all expectations, finishing tied for third with Georgia Tech. Tech reached 40 wins for the seventh time in the program's 17-year history and this will be the Hokies' fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Interestingly enough, for the fourth time in those five trips, the Hokies will start their journey in Knoxville. Tech's magical run to the College World Series behind Angela Tincher in 2008 started in Knoxville.

ESPN and ACC Extend Exclusive, Multi-Platform Agreement through 2026-27

The full release from the ACC is here.

Here are the highlights.

  • "ESPN has the right to televise three Friday ACC football contests annually which will include a standing commitment from Boston College and Syracuse to each host one game as well as an afternoon or evening game on Thanksgiving Friday."
  • The Labor Day spectacular remains, and so do the Thursday night games.
  • 15 years is a long time to be partnered with anyone for anything.
  • The ACC has gone all-in with ESPN (won't be able to sell third-tier media rights).

It's evident the ACC has backed off its stance of not playing football on Fridays, I found Swofford's explanation extremely amusing.

"We do everything we can to protect high school football," Swofford said of the Friday games. "We could have done a lot more but didn't want to. ... The northeast corridor doesn't have the same sensitivity (to Friday high school football) as the southeast."

Report: Dorian Finney-Smith Plans to Transfer

The honeymoon is over, according to David Teel, Dorian Finney-Smith intends to transfer, "Virginia Tech's most acclaimed basketball recruit in more than a generation, plans to transfer after just one season with the Hokies, sources said Tuesday."

This is the first bit of adversity James Johnson will have to deal with during his tenure. Johnson was able to keep Erick Green in Blacksburg, and Marshall Wood coming to town. Although, Doe-Doe might had been out the door even if Seth Greenberg was still the Head Hokie (I couldn't resist).

Hokie Tracks are Flipping Over Walls

Former Tech utility man/out fielder Austin Wates of the now Astros Double A Corpus Christi's Hooks makes a, to put it mildly, spectacular, over-the-wall, home run robbing catch.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto resigned (was fired by the league presidents) yesterday. As Brett McMurphy, who first broke the news wrote, "He was set up to fail by the league's presidents because they handcuffed his ability to make any relevant changes." Big East presidents turning down a nine-year new media rights deal worth $1.4 billion put the conference on shaky ground, and led to Pitt and Syracuse leaving for the ACC. Then the rest of the dominoes fell. Even if the presidents had accepted the media deal, brought in UCF, kept 'Cuse, Pitt, and TCU, and stayed strong at ten teams it would only have been a matter of time before the league failed, because it's impossible to serve the interests of the basketball only schools in today's football driven world.

Hokie Tracks Are Playing Catch Up

Hokie Tracks took a backseat during spring practice, but it's back now. For anyone new here, this is a semi-regular feature summarizing relevant Virginia Tech, ACC and college football news as it piles up. It's not timely, but hopefully it will serve as discussion starter.

National Recruiting Analyst for Mike Farrell dropped some very good information in a live chat Thursday. He believes Deon Newsome, "best fits on offense where he can be a slot receiver, scat back and also potential special teams return guy." He notes with regards to Jonathan Allen that the, "Hokies have turned up the heat and he is responding a bit". Last month Allen named Florida and Alabama his finalists, but now he's considering Florida, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Ohio State. Farrell also believes Wyatt Teller will stay in-state, and Tech has 50-50 chance to land him.

We Hired James Johnson, Now What?

Only ten days ago, Seth Greenberg was the head coach of the men's basketball team, and everything was normal. Now, Seth's gone, James Johnson's in and we have to find another way to spend our time than reading the Teel/Giannotto/Berman Coaching Rumor 3000 (patent pending).

So, starting week one of the James Johnson era, the questions still stand. Why JJ? How will bringing in Seth's top assistant do anything to change the program? Yeah he can recruit, but can he actually coach? Is this guy going to actually write something other than rhetorical questions?

The only people who can officially answer those questions are Jim Weaver and James Johnson, but it's fun to speculate. So regardless, here are the questions that JJ is going to have to answer between now and the start of the season.

1. Can he get the recruits to stay?

Well this one is already partially answered, and so far signs are pointing to yes. Marshall Wood is reportedly back on #teamHokie after initially asking for a release from his scholarship. No offense to Wood, but I think everyone's concern is actually about Montrezl Harrell (for the love of god, can someone please let me know how to pronounce his first name? I feel like an idiot every single time I try). Harrell is a forward from the Blake Griffin School of Explosiveness, and honestly, I dream about his dunks in transition. If JJ can bring him back, that would be huge.

Reports: James Johnson is the next Virginia Tech Basketball Coach

Update: According to Jeff Goodman of, James Johnson will indeed be the next coach. (Of course this broke three minutes after my original post went up, which follows below.)

Another Update: Raines is happy, and Erick Green tweets he'll be back next year.

Cowboys Draft Danny Coale, Remaining Hokies to Sign Free Agent Deals

Danny Coale was the last of the trio of Hokies to be drafted. The Dallas Cowboys selected him with the 17th pick in the fifth round, 152nd overall. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has been bullish on Coale since the combine. He referred to him again as a, "blue-plate special".

You can listen to Coale talk with the Cowboys brass right before being picked. Also, here's an interview he did with 105.3 The Fan. The hosts joke about Coale working in at punter. If that happens, hopefully he does everyone a solid and punts a ball through the JumboTron.

Even though they weren't drafted, other Tech hopefuls will get their shot as undrafted rookie free agents. Eddie Whitley will join Coale in Big-D. Cris Hill will sign with the Buffalo Bills. Jaymes Brooks signed with the Packers. It sounds like Jarrett Boykin will be a Jaguar. Finally, Blake DeChristopher is close to signing with the Arizona Cardinals.

Congratulations to everyone!

Jayron Hosley Drafted 94th Overall by the New York Giants

New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese described Jayron as not being a, "big man," but having, "athletic arrogance." He likened his skill set to Adam "Pac-Man" Jones'.

Keeping with the tradition of DB-U, for the 14th draft in a row the Hokies have had a defensive back selected in the NFL Draft. What an absolutely awesome streak that started way back in '99 with Pierson Prioleau, and don't forget Antonio Banks and Torrian Gray in '97.

This is what Brandon Flowers, a member of this prestigious fraternity, had to say.

The Giants and Reese were able to look past Hosley's widely publicized failed drug tests, and dip in production due to a hamstring injury and see the promise of a player that intercepted 9 passes in 2010.

The Giants Drafted David Wilson and I'm Happy.

The New York Giants selected David Wilson with the 32nd overall pick in the NFL Draft. Wilson is the first Hokie to go in the first round since the Texans picked offensive tackle Duane Brown in 2008.

Q: What was your reaction when the Giants selected you?

A: I was sitting on the bed and the Giants had the last pick in the first round... And then Tampa Bay traded (up), and I thought, 'Maybe they'll get a running back. I know they need a running back.' At that point, I was hoping for anything. The Giants are Super Bowl champions, and I'm like 'They probably won't pick me...' I was just hoping that something would happen, and I get the New Jersey call and I start screaming. I answered the phone and it was the New York Giants. It was the best call that I got in a long time.

Transcript via Big Blue View

If y'all don't know I'm a Giants fan. I watch every snap of Virginia Tech football on Saturday, and as painful as it can be at times, every snap of Giants football on Sunday. I'm excited Jerry Reese drafted him, finally I get to root for a Hokie on my team. From my observations, here are a cheat sheet for success in New York for 4 (or maybe now 34), David Wilson.

Big Weekend Looms for Hokie Baseball and Softball

With just a couple weekends remaining in their respective seasons, the Tech baseball and softball squads face what is probably the most pivotal weekend of the season if either teams wants to continue on into postseason play. So let's take a look at where both teams stand and what lies ahead:

Baseball vs Maryland: Friday 5:30, Saturday 2, Sunday 1
Tech has had a roller coaster season featuring extreme highs and stunning lows. But with 4 weeks to go in the regular season, the Hokies are in contention for a spot in the ACC Tournament, a feat that could punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies (28-15, 8-13 ACC) have dominated out-of-conference play, winning the last 15 games against non-conference foes en route to a 20-2 record outside of the ACC. Tech has had incredible resiliency all season. Of the 28 wins, 21 have been come-from-behind victories, which is absolutely absurd to think about. Even more astounding, 16 of those 21 have been after the 5th inning and the Hokies have won 4 times when they've entered the 9th inning trailing. This team doesn't go down easily and they'll need to keep that mentality heading down the homestretch.

Three Sides

The fallout from Seth Greenberg's termination has radiated from the local media in and around Blacksburg to national personalities across the country. Everyone has an opinion on why he was fired, and whether or not it was fair. Jim Weaver's timing, delivery, and logic certainly didn't provide for a clean cut, but breakups are usually messy. How the Colts, Irsay, and Manning parted ways isn't the norm, it's the exception.

During his tenure at Virginia Tech Seth Greenberg forged many different relationships. The most public were those with the students he talked to at D2, and fans that packed the Cassell. Seth endeared himself to them. He was smart enough to know he needed their buy-in to create a big time college basketball atmosphere in Blacksburg —which had been non-existent up until his arrival— to attract recruits, and ultimately win games. He excelled at that. It's not surprising then, that those dedicated fans who not only witnessed those exciting moments, but felt like they helped create them, are upset he's gone.

Thanks, Seth.

Editor's Note: I can't give this perspective, I wasn't a student during Seth's tenure. I appreciate all he did for Tech basketball, but I never felt that connection with him so many of you did. Sparach did, his words follow.

First, I want to state the obvious: the timing was...odd. I was of the opinion that the Athletic Department could have justified firing him at the end of this season, yet at the same time was not surprised when they pledged support. Considering the circumstances - starters being injured, the relative youth of this years squad - I felt that Seth had earned a "get-out-of-jail-free" card for last season.