Hokie Hoops: The Barren Field

The Virginia Tech basketball team lost again. The Hokies' record sunk to 8-10 Wednesday after falling to Wake Forest 77-83. That's the same Wake club that previously dropped 17 league road games in a row. Yes, the Hokies lost in Cassell Coliseum. Yes, they've now lost the last game that they will probably be favored in this year (Tech was a two point favorite). And also, yes, this may signal that it will be tough for Tech to win another game this season.

Piling on is easy at this point, but I just figured we'd start there then move on, because what happened during said loss is what I really want to write about.

2014 Virginia Tech Football Schedule

The 2014 Virginia Tech football schedule has been released. Thursday night football will once again happen in Blacksburg, and all is right with the world. Spoiler alert, there are two weekday games scheduled in the 'Burg.

Aug. 30: William & Mary — Tech opens with a cupcake. The emphasis is on cake. This is the correct decision as no form of cake can be wrong.

Sept. 6: at Ohio State — Tech will be a decided underdog, but home-and-homes between major programs make college football fun.

Hokie Wrestling: Mid-Season Update

The Virginia Tech wrestling team opened the season with seven straight dual meet wins, including a convincing 23-14 win over No. 9 ranked Edinboro. Unfortunately for the Hokies, since then the season hasn't been quite as smooth. Tech lost to 15th ranked Virginia on November 24th, and then while wrestling at the Las Vegas Invitational, Hokies 141 pound wrestler Devin Carter, injured himself during a match (which he finished and still won).

Reports: Stacy Searels Expected to be new O-Line Coach

According to WaPo's Mark Giannotto and the Richmond Times-Dispatch Mike Barber, Stacy Searels will be Virginia Tech's next offensive line coach. Searels coached the offensive line at Texas from 2011 through 2013, but was not retained by new Texas coach Charlie Strong.

Searels may seem like an off-the-radar hire, but given Beamer Co.'s working relationship with the previous regime at Texas, and Frank Beamer's friendship with Mack Brown, it makes sense.

In addition to his tenure at Texas, Searels has experience coaching at other major programs (table via texassports.com).

Class of 2014 First Look: Marshawn Williams

Virginia Tech's running game was maddeningly inconsistent over the course of the 2013 season. Outside of Trey Edmunds' performance against Miami, the Hokies could not establish the power running game especially in the red zone. With only scat backs and players converted from other positions littering the depth chart, Virginia Tech actively recruited several running backs that had the size, strength, and speed to be an every down workhorse back in Blacksburg.

The College Football Arms Race: Examining Athletic Department Revenues

Editor's Note: Bumped to the front because I'm a sucker for numbers. Thanks for writing, Sammy. --Joe

Last week, news broke that Virginia Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes would be departing Blacksburg after one season for the same position at LSU. Grimes is originally from Texas, played his college ball at UTEP and this move gets Grimes closer to his Texas roots. However, the cold, hard fact is at the end of the day, Grimes likely left Virginia Tech because LSU made him a far more lucrative offer than the Hokies could.

As Joe pointed out in an earlier post, Grimes is probably in line for a significant pay raise from the Tigers. This has sparked terrific debate and conversation among the Hokie Nation and right here on The Key Play on both coaching salaries and Hokie Club contributions.

Brady Taylor Flips to Ohio State

And here I thought the first bit of news in the morning would be the announcement of the new o-line coach. Instead, Hokies verbal, offensive tackle Brady Taylor, committed to Ohio State.

Taylor was in Columbus for an official visit this past weekend which took place two weeks after receiving a scholarship offer from his hometown team. Many recruitniks believed Taylor would flip on his visit. He didn't. However, it was reported yesterday. he'd return today with his mom to speak with Urban Meyer.

Hokie Hoops: Team JJ or Team Cadarian?

It's day 52 of what has become the most interesting thing to hit the Cassell Coliseum floor since the Red Pandahalftime show.

52 days ago, center Cadarian Raines was pulled from the Furman game after just three minutes, never to check back in. Rumors were flying about Raines possibly mouthing off to head coach James Johnson, who then promptly took disciplinary action. Since then, however, Raines has played a total of 56 minutes out of a possible 360 over the last nine game, a punishment that has turned into something much more.

Even worse? We have no idea what Cadarian did.

According to Recruit's coach, Jeff Grimes to LSU. This Sucks.

Yesterday it was reported by multiple outlets that LSU offered its vacant offensive line job to Jeff Grimes even though LSU coach Les Miles brushed away speculation yesterday.

It seems as though the initial reports are true and Grimes will be leaving for Baton Rougue. The Richmond Times-Dispatch's Mike Barber spoke with Billy Ray Mitchell's high school coach, Chris Partridge. Mitchell is an offensive lineman that verbally committed to Virginia Tech on July 2, 2013. The following is from Barber's report.

Hokie Hoops: The Hierarchy

Every single basketball team has a hierarchy of players and personnel that rank in matter of importance to their team. It's something that has been a part of basketball longer than any other facet of the game (yes, it's even been around longer than Billy Packer). There are players that impact the course of a season (think Michael Jordan), players that have the potential to impact a few games here and there (think Toni Kukoc) and players that have no bearing on the season whatsoever (think Jud Buechler).

It's the reason that the talented kids in youth basketball are considered "ball hogs", many college and NBA superstars are considered "prima donnas" and why guys like Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari or Gregg Popovich can command high multi-million dollar salaries. They're incredibly important to their team, and they know it.