Seth Staying, JT Thompson Transferring

Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times Tweeted the following early this afternoon, "Met with Seth. JT won't be returning to #Hokies, but Seth will. JT will transfer. But Seth not leaving for SMU". Berman elaborated about his conversation with Seth a bit more on his blog.

He said neither he nor his representative have talked with anyone from SMU or with SMU’s consultant in the search, former Hokies athletic director Dave Braine.

It would seem then that ends that.

JT Thompson looked primed to have a memorable final year at Tech. However, it never came, and his inside presence was definitely missed. After tearing the ACL in his left knee his 2010-11 season was a wash, and he missed the 2011-12 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He was honored at senior night against NC State back on March 4th, so his transfer isn't a huge suprise to me. The best of luck to JT in the future, and over the rest of his career.

Report: SMU Interested in Seth Greenberg

Lane Casadonte of CBS 6 Richmond reported the following via Twitter late Sunday evening, "Sources tell #CBS6 Sports that #VT's Seth Greenberg is a top candidate for the job at #SMU #ACC".

SMU fired coach Matt Doherty on March 13th after going 80-109 over six seasons. SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini stated the following.

"As I have said previously, we have set a goal of top-25 status for our men's basketball program and want to compete for BIG EAST championships. With our membership in one of the best basketball conferences in the nation, the Crum Basketball Center, our $40-plus million renovation of Moody Coliseum and our location in the fertile recruiting grounds of Dallas, we believe we have the pieces for a championship-caliber program."

At first, SMU might sound like an illogical destination for Greenberg. But when you consider SMU is transitioning to the Big East, a premier hoops league, is located in Dallas, and has invested serious dollars into its hoops program, it sounds a little more plausible. It might even remind you of Greenberg's takeover scenario at Virginia Tech sans the gobs of local talent.

Notes Before the start of Spring Practice

Spring practice begins this Wednesday. Once the pads start popping we'll be able to talk more Xs and Os, until then it's more bookkeeping.

BeamerBall.com announced James Hopper's football career is over. He's taking a medical redshirt and will student coach in the secondary this spring, then transition to a graduate assistant this fall. Future head coach at Virginia Tech in 2060, best of luck James.

With BRUUUUUUCE, Tariq, and Telvion (permanently) out, there will be a lot of inexperienced, yet promising players along with new-to-the-position defenders getting the majority of reps at Mike and Backer. Derek DiNardo (Whip/Rover/Safety) and Josh Trimble (Rover) will mover over to Backer. Chase Williams, who's finally healthy, is going to rep at both Backer and Mike. Brian Laiti will have an opportunity to distinguish himself at Mike. I hope we get to watch Jack Tyler and Chase Williams on the field at the same time. They could be the linebacking tandem of the not so distance future, and it would be great to see their on-the-field chemistry.

2013 Recruiting: Michael Parker

Michael Parker is an impressive athlete out of Kettle Run High School in Nokesville, Virginia. He holds regional (Virginia Tech, Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland), as well as national (Illinois, Ohio State, Boston College) offers. Schools are recruiting the talented 6-4 200 pound junior as either a safety or wide receiver. He had a very productive 2011 season netting 63 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 4 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries and a score on defense to go along with 20 receptions, 300 receiving yards, 200 rushing yards (Jet Sweep package) and 5 TDs on offense. Kettle Run Coach Jeff Lloyd was generous enough to take the time to answer questions I had about Michael.

Photo by Randy Litzinger via Fauquier.com

From his highlight film, Michael shows playmaking ability and versatility, both blitzing from a standing position and dropping into deep zones. He lines up all over the field, so much so it's hard to tell if he's playing safety or outside linebacker. Can you talk about how important Michael is to your defensive scheme, what coverage he plays in, and how you like to use his athletic skill set?

Linebacker Telvion Clark Arrested, Dismissed From Team

Update: Per a Virginia Tech release, he's been dismissed from the team.

Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer announced Tuesday that linebacker Telvion Clark (r-Jr., Norfolk, Va.) has been dismissed from the team for violations of team policies. In making this announcement, Beamer said there will be no further comment on the situation.

So with Edwards out because of injury, it looks like it's Chase Williams' time to shine at backer during spring.

The original post follows below.

Over the weekend I was tipped that linebacker Telvion Clark had been arrested outside of TOTS late Saturday night.

Today I found confirmation of the charge, Public Swearing/Intoxication, which is a class 4 misdemeanor in Virginia. His hearing is scheduled for 5/3/12.

Hokies Must Rebuild the O-Line

The offensive line played pretty damn well last season. Protecting Logan Thomas was crucial, and the first-year quarterback's jersey was kept clean. He was sacked just 17.0 times in 14 games (T-22nd nationally) and flourished. They made it possible for David Wilson to do his thing. Tech rushed for 186.86 yards per game (28 nationally), Wilson netted just over 1,700 yards and was ACC Player of the Year. Above all else, they were the most consistent unit fielded by coach Curt Newsome since coming to Tech (2006-present). A group featuring four senior starters with talented depth behind them should be good, but not taken for granted. Now Tech must rebuild the o-line. Unlike during the beginning of Newsome's tenure, the cupboard isn't bare and the players Tech is depending on to step up have been in Newsome's system.

2013 Recruiting: David Prince

Looking poised in the pocket, via: NewsRoanoke.com.

In order to gain more insight on the type of player David Prince could be at the next level, I reached out to his coach, Patrick Henry offensive coordinator Aaron Fiddler. He was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions I had.

1) So many times in high school the quarterback is the best athlete on the field and team leader. On some plays it looks like David's going to run right off the film. What traits make him such a dynamic athlete? What skills does he need to improve on? Is he that leader in the huddle that the team looks to?

His speed is what makes him such dynamic athlete, it is one thing that we cannot coach. He will need to improve his route running if he plays WR, and technique if he plays DB. Tech has one of the best coaching staffs in the country, and they will mold David into the type of player they are looking for at either position. With David they have a great athlete to build on. David's toughness is apparent in his willingness to run between the tackles, and his teammates follow his lead in seeing that he will do whatever it takes to get the ball down the field.

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