Cam Phillips Provides Shade on a Sunny Saturday Afternoon

It only rained points in Blacksburg.

[Mark Umansky]

It was clear and 74°F in Lane Stadium prior to kickoff. After Virginia Tech thumped North Carolina 59-7, some shade set in.

"I felt it was a little gratifying," said WR Cam Phillips of Tech's blowout win over UNC. "As you heard, the game last year with the hurricane and I'm pretty sure the weather today was about, what, 65, 70 (degrees). So, just to go out there and win like we did and play a complete game from offense, defense, and special teams was just really fun to see and fun to be a part of."

Each phase of the game for the Hokies chipped in on touchdowns to culminate in Tech's largest margin of victory in an ACC game.

Phillips caught 5 balls for 49 yards and one score. Moreover, the senior surpassed Isaiah Ford to become Tech's career reception leader (212).

"Every player, every coach has a certain team that really gets under their skin, and they really, really want to beat them more than everybody else," Phillips added. "I know for coach Fu, this is probably that team. I say this is a close second for me."

That sentiment is seemingly shared among Tech's locker room.

"We can't control the weather," said Bud Foster after the game. "We can't control the injuries. The one thing we can control is our attitude, and our work ethic, and our commitment to one another, and I thought our kids exemplified that today."

Disregarding any excuses from across the sideline, Virginia Tech is 2-0 against North Carolina during the Justin Fuente era (Tech's outscored UNC 93-10 in those two games), and the Hokies are 11-3 against the Tar Heels since joining the ACC in 2004.



I really wanted one more touchdown today to put us over 60, and to score more than we did on ecu. Seeing this gives one more reason to the list.

Can we just beat all teams from NC like this?

I was hoping Fuente would go for 2 on our last TD to get us within 3 points if UNC scored 8 touchdowns in the last 5 minutes of the game. Ha ha! I really wanted 60 too!

Just caught a highlight that showed the half-second handshake between Fedora and Fuente. There is nothing but ice coldness b/w those staffs

I noticed that too. Actually, I was looking forward to it after Coach Fuente went for it on 4th down twice. I thought, "I can't wait to see the handshake with Fedora." I actually thought Fedora might refuse to shake his hand. Looked like they exchanged a "good game" and that was it. It was akin to Frank's "Bitch Please" handshake with TimeCop.

Yeah I was looking forward to this too and Coach Fu didnt dissapoint. He doesnt like the way Fedora runs his programs and bad mouths Tech on the recruiting trail. Lets just say we should be glad to have Coach Fu on our side.

Fedora said something like "good job today" and that was about it.

Interesting.. I just heard Fuente wish him luck I think.. didn't hear Fedora say anything. Funny how we each heard the other one.


One of the song selections for the sing along bit today was "Blame it on the Rain" by Milli Vanilli. It lost to Bon Jovi, but that was first class trolling by the stadium media team.

They did however play "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by the Scorpions during the game. That was hilarious


There is nothing in the world like Thursday night in Blacksburg!

Double shade - a song about rain sung by frauds

Fuente went full 'fuck you' mode up 28-0 late in the first half calling timeouts to ensure we had enough time to score before halftime.

And I loved it

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

There were a couple big middle fingers he sent to the Carolina sideline. I thought the second 4th down conversion attempt was especially disrespectful (in a good way) from around our own 45 yard line with about 2 minutes to go. I can't imagine him not punting that ball against a team he has any ounce of respect for.

He also was arguing if UNC did actually gain enough convert a 4th down of their own in the, I think, the end of the 3rd quarter.

I thought he was short too. You're down where the slide begins, not where it ends.

There is nothing in the world like Thursday night in Blacksburg!

Yup. He was arguing that and the demeanor he had toward the red made it looks like the game was within a score.

Is part of that for the players? A way to communicate that it's all business until the clock says 0:00?

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

Hell yes... He stepped on their throats to end the 1st half. And it was freaking beautiful. It was one piece that was really missing during the Beamer era, and I know it was because Beamer is as classy as it gets. He always went by the "golden rule" and how he would feel if it was done to us, but 1.) it allowed too many teams to have unnecessary & avoidable comebacks and 2.) No other HC had that much class. Petrino is the antithesis but he has a lot of company in this regard. It was done to us anyway, when given the chance.

Fuente gave us something that I've always wanted to feel, and considering how much mud-slinging is going on from UNC's staff towards our program & staff, it was well-deserved. They trashed Beams into the ground in his final years with no remorse, and they keep it up against our current staff to this day. Extending our bowl streak to 25-straight and handing UNC their bowl-ban ourselves is the best revenge there is. The lies they are selling recruits are sick. I'm glad our staff made the biggest statement it could on the field.

So I'm not doubting you but I just honestly don't know what has actually been said on unc side. Like what lies are they telling? Is anything confirmed? Can you provide sources?

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Someone on reddit made a comment that at some point UNC were trying to paint VT as a dangerous place post-2007. Of course there were no sources, so I kinda have a hard time buying that one. I would think that recruits would have mentioned that one to the media had it actually happened.

I've actually heard that rumor quite a bit that past few weeks. It's believable to me, because it was Butch and the boys running the show back then after all.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

But why would Fuente hate Fedora for that?

I have no clue about Fuente's hatred for them, maybe he was just informed of their actions when hired? Someone posted on twitter last night (can't find the tweet now to save my life) that Fedora was literally the only person that Frank legitimately disliked.

If the former is true, than maybe Frank, Bud and the rest of the defensive staff that stuck around have informed Fuente of UNC's tactics and I'm sure he has now seen them firsthand on the recruiting trail given that we recruit against them a ton.

This is all speculation however, but I have heard from #sauces that the staff was hoping they get pounded by the NCAA. Not sure that speaks to Fuente's dislikenment of Fedora, but would certainly explain his disdain against UNCheat.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Fedora was pissed about the NC2VT thing. So his smear campaign against VT was upped. Nothing every school doesn't do - talking shit about a rival - but it was elevated....More crap talking to the NC HS coaches. Again...every school does it....but Fedora ramped it up apparently.
Don't really blame Fedora - Fuente kicked his ass last year and said he was coming into NC to get what he wanted. Unfortunately for Fedora....he got his ass kicked again.....and I LOVED IT!!!

I probably wouldn't cite some dude on twitter as a sauce. I guess the evidence is just in the coaches' demeanor towards each other, ultimately.

Fedora was literally the only person that Frank legitimately disliked.

Frank is the kind of person who sees the best in anybody. I mean the guy is literally golf buddies with Paul Johnson. If there is any truth to this then Fedora must be an especially despicable person.

Using /s is for cowards.

I actually heard something like this from the mother of a player a few years back. Said she'd be "scared" for her son to go to Tech.

He ended up at Marshall.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

That doesn't mean Fedora was telling people that though.

No, and I don't suggest that he did.. I just found her comment ironic, considering the Marshall football program's tragic history.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

handing UNC their bowl-ban ourselves

Hahaha, I never thought about it like that. But I love it!

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

This was a great game, but PLEASE burn these jerseys and never use them again.

The picture used here with Cam looks EXACTLY like a Miami uniform.


Yeah, except that big "HOKIES" label on the chest. These jerseys are fine. And news alert, football jerseys can only change so much. Get used to it

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Agreed.... That 'HOKIES' label on the chest made these jersey's, imo. They looked soooo much better than the orange jerseys with the shoulder stripes. With the helmets and overall combo, this was a slick look. I have a feeling this is going to be a similar template to the new football jerseys, since we know the formerly "throwback" shoulder stripe jerseys are ending.

The orange is always controversial with people, but these were so much better than anything I was expecting. If they were white/maroon I think they would've been consensus favorites. Regardless, I think we will be impressed by the rebranding and updated uniforms coming soon.

The more I saw the the whole outfit I started having pleasant flashbacks to the Don Strock days. Can't wait to see the maroon version.

"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. " Rocky B.

Is this rebranding confirmed?

I hate jerseys with the school name or nickname on the jersey. Hate 'em.

People know who Virginia Tech is without having to spell it out. The unis yesterday weren't ugly, but they sure are generic, directional U-ish, circa 2009.

Except it looked exactly like Miami's jersey on TV. You couldn't notice the HOKIES font from afar.

It would've looked better with orange pants and I'm sure it'll look better in all maroon.

We're allowed to have different opinions. I didn't like it. To each their own.

Just curious though- when we wear maroon, do you think we look like Texas A&M on TV?

Maybe, actually, I don't know since we haven't worn it but I could see that.

I don't. That's one reason I like the shoulder stripes.

But it will look a lot like aTm or Miss St if next year's home jersey is just a maroon version of yesterday's.

Look, I don't like the Orange jerseys either. I swear, many times during the game my brain told me we were in a white-out playing Miami or UVa. I may have been slightly inebriated, which didn't help my confusion.

But if they post a couple more ass-whippings while wearing them, I may just fall in love.

If we had worn maroon, maybe we would have gotten the shutout.

No shoulder stripes... looked good to me!

Is it football season yet?

These jerseys looked CHEAP. Besides aesthetics it seemed like they didn't even fit properly, looked like a high school jersey.

I totally agree. They appeared to bunch up on the shoulder pads of even the heaviest players!


Boom, bowl eligible again. And with the nolies falling fast looks like we will have the longest streak in the nation at the end of the season!

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"


We already do, the noles had a bowl game vacated in the 2000's so the ncaa doesn't recognize their streak

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies

well if the ncaa says it, then it must be so!

They played the games. Let's not pretend they didn't happen. NCAA might not recognize it but we all know who has been bowling consecutively for a longer period.

A wise man once said, punishing a team by vacating their wins is like punishing your kids by telling them to forget all about your trip to Disneyworld last year.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

The NCAA also doesn't officially endorse any FBS/I-A national championships, which is why there's been as many as 6 teams recognized as "national champions" in the same season prior to 1950. Even then, there's been years where publications have named someone other than the 'consensus' national champion their #1 team in the country -- the most recent being last year. It's also why Alabama can claim 16 national titles even though the NCAA only lists 12:.

+52 and the spread was 21? Damn...


I dislike UNC as much as the next Hokie, but I was a little surprised/disappointed that we went for that second 4th down. The first one didn't bother me so much since we were in the area of a long field goal or short punt. But the second one we were on our side of the field. I say just punt and then go for the safety. We had already thoroughly embarrassed them at that point in n the game, but that went a little overboard for me.

End of the day it's not a huge deal, glad we stomped them.

I dislike UNC as much as the next Hokie

Clearly you don't.

Yeah I know a Hokie that dislikes them a lot more than you and he wears the headset on the sideline.

I guess my only complaint would be that, despite the new NCAA guidebook (UNC version), we didn't see any UNC non athletes suited up and getting meaningful playing time.

Because lord knows we've seen plenty of non-students in the lineup.

We didn't. I saw a ton of non athletes out there.

We won a football game wearing orange jerseys. That alone deserves recognition.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Didn't know which thread to post this, but the shade thread seemed most appropriate. Our resident fifth fuller got featured in an article:

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

I loved this follow up:

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

The mailman is still delivering... Willie Byrn getting a shot in too.

What was with their DB whuuffing at the end of the 1st half. Looked like Cam told JJ to come back to him on a play because dude was talking so much smack.


Fucking #9. Not sure who that kid thought he was, but holy shit. He was jawing nearly the whole damn game. Section 3 and 5 caught on to how big of a d bag he was and started chanting at him which really got in his head and then Cams td on the slant was the icing on the cake. Kid nearly had a meltdown.

Haha man the kid almost lost it from our telling him how "great" he was after that TD. One of the sideline coaches came over to tell him how greag he was and not to listen to us, kinda like a 5 yr old

I noticed that too. It almost looked like Cam pointed towards the scoreboard after the second time that DB got in his face.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

It's intriguing reading all of these tweets. I know their was speculation about how Fu and Co. felt about UNC, but wow did this confirm it. He was out for blood today. Every time they showed him on the sideline, he looked a lot more intense than his normal demeanor. I'm just as curious as everyone if this is more because it's personal or just business to really promote the NC2VT campaign? I just can't see Fuente taking something so personally like that with another coaching staff, but evidently I'm wrong. If he was going to hate anybody, I would say it should be Narduzzi with his classless acts last year.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I would say it should be Narduzzi with his classless acts last year.

Why not both?

Fuente to Narduzzi and Fedora:

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

That Pitt ass whooping is coming in due time my fellow hokie

Hokie Love!

Part of me wants coaches who don't like each other throughout the ACC. If you really don't dislike the other staff, then where is the fun. Coach Beamer and Cutcliffe was like a classy football competition. I want to HATE Fedora, and Nardouchii, and Mark Richt, and whoever coaches BC, and Fisher and Babers, and Swinney, and Bronco and all the other coaches.

The Dude Abides

Mark Richt really dissapoints me at Miami. I have built up so many years of hatred for those Miami teams and now its like meh, are we really going to have a game with Richt where it feels like there is general hatred and a fight could break out at any moment? Doubt it.

How could you leave out Count Chopblock himself?

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

I especially got a kick out of that play a few minutes into the second quarter when Mook Reynolds made an ankle tackle. The UNC player (Carter #8 I believe) fought for and got the first down. Mook wound up pulling his shoe off and was frustrated that the guy got the first down so he tossed the shoe off into the sideline.


Just watched the full post-game press conference. Bud's facial expressions and hands are hilarious when he is being asked about last year's 34-3 result and how "a lot of people started to couch that [because] it was in the rain."

Question begins at 12:44:

Someone should .gif that look/response.

Fuente wasn't too happy about the remarks Phillips made Saturday. Hope the 2 of them don't have any problems between them now.


I'm sure it's nothing a few wind sprints or up downs at the end of practice wouldn't solve. Not that I know, (or care) but I'm sure Cam's still on the right side of Fuente's ledger.

And I'm sure Cam was accurate in his statement...

Always choose joy.

Yea I'm guessing Fu had to have a "what's said behind closed doors stays behind closed doors" type conversation with him.

Using /s is for cowards.

Just caught today's press conference, and I interpreted some of Fu's comments as even more shade being thrown at UNCheat. When asked about OL play, he said they were unsatisfactory 2 weeks ago, but answered the challenge against Duke. Went on to say they weren't good enough at any position (offensive positions implied I think) 2 weeks ago. Now, I'm not agreeing or disagreeing, all I'm saying is, when your team wins 59-7, to then say that the play was unsatisfactory at every offensive position, well that is just rubbing it in their faces, IMO. My man crush on Coach Fu is now just below the level of my man crush on Beamer (neither will ever come close to Foster).

"It's time to go play Virginia Tech Football longer and harder than anybody else in America!!" -- Justin Fuente
"I put a brick in Sacksburg today." -- Cam Phillips

I noticed that too. To be fair, our OL was in fact horrible against UNC, so I really think he was just pleased with the improvement after what I'm sure wasn't a fun couple of practices for that unit after the UNC game. Somebody must have threatened Wyatt Teller to finally get him going against Duke. As far as his other comments, I really like that he doesn't ever give too much any credit at times. It doesn't do him or the team any good to just praise everyone's' performance if it can be improved upon. I think he has done a nice job finding a balance though - you can't just dog your team endlessly unless you keep their respect and you acknowledge their improvements.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"