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Monday 07/25/2016
Clemson embraces role of preseason ACC favorite
Updated: July 26, 2016 - 8:07 pm

"We're in the hunt" for a national title, Dabo Swinney says.

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Virginia Tech picked by media to finish 4th in ACC Coastal
Updated: July 25, 2016 - 11:15 am

The media doesn't have the highest expectations for Virginia Tech in Justin Fuente's first season.

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Sunday 07/24/2016
Sunday links: Hokies nab handful of commitments; Tech announces Hall of Fame class
Updated: July 24, 2016 - 9:45 am

I'm at the OBX for a week of vacation, and wouldn't you know it, rushing to a computer to type up some news isn't the first thing on mind. So the blog updates will be sparse because I can't get an extension cord to reach the beach (nor do I want to).

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Virginia Tech announces 2016 class for Sports Hall of Fame
Updated: July 25, 2016 - 12:30 am

The class includes three football players, a women’s basketball standout, a track and field national champion, and longtime AD Jim Weaver.

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Saturday 07/23/2016
Saturday successful for Virginia Tech football, track
Updated: July 24, 2016 - 12:45 am

Virginia Tech received four commitments during one of its busiest recruiting weekends so far under coach Justin Fuente, getting three pledges for the 2017 class and one for 2018 on Saturday.

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New coaches give the ACC's Coastal Division uncertainty
Posted: July 23, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mark Richt has been a college football head coach for 196 games. All of them came in the Southeastern Conference while he was at Georgia. Now, he's taking the reigns at his alma mater, Miami.

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Friday 07/22/2016
Virginia Tech tailback Marshawn Williams expected to be 'full go' when camp starts
Posted: July 22, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said sophomore tailback Marshawn Williams will participate fully when the Hokies open preseason practice on Aug. 5. Williams missed last season with a knee injury.

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Virginia Tech's Hollandsworth finishes second in VSGA women's am
Updated: July 26, 2016 - 11:45 pm

NEWPORT NEWS — Abby Portyrata’s return to amateur golf was a triumphant one — and it came at the expense of Virginia Tech’s Amanda Hollandsworth.

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Woody: UVa, Virginia Tech both face quarterback conundrum
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 4:45 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Virginia Tech and Virginia arrived at the annual Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff without a starting quarterback in the house.

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Ekanem now the veteran of Virginia Tech's defensive line
Updated: July 26, 2016 - 11:45 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Back in 2014, before he was an established starter, Hokies defensive end Ken Ekanem didn’t mind the anonymity. In fact, he tried to maintain it.

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Friday reset: Recapping Day 1 of the ACC Kickoff
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 9:30 am

The ACC Kickoff is halfway over, although it's completely done for the Hokies, who came and did all their interviews yesterday.

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Thursday 07/21/2016
ACC unveils plans for new TV channel
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 12:30 am

ACC men's basketball teams will play 20 league games once the new channel debuts in 2019.

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In the region: Virginia Tech women's basketball adds 3 recruits
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 9:45 am

Virginia Tech women’s basketball coach Kenny Brooks announced the addition of two transfers and a former Louisiana Tech signee on Thursday.

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Hokies notes: No movement in QB battle; McMillian has strong summer
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 6:45 pm

Virginia Tech's 2016 media days are in the books. With the new format, the Coastal Division did its players and coaches on Thursday, with the Atlantic following suit Friday.

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McFarling: So far, Fuente only making the headlines he wants
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 12:30 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Whit Babcock does not try to direct his coach’s actions. He doesn’t have to. Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech’s athletic director have been in lockstep on almost everything, including the plan heading into the coach’s first-ever ACC Football Kickoff on Thursday.

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Virginia Tech coach Fuente looks for common ground with players
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 12:30 am

CHARLOTTE — Virginia Tech defensive end Ken Ekanem couldn’t help but chuckle thinking back to a stretching period prior to a spring practice when offensive lineman Wyatt Teller, as avid a fisherman as he is a talker, tried chatting up new coach Justin Fuente about it.

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Babcock: ACC Network announcement a 'great day' for the league, Virginia Tech
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 1:30 pm

CHARLOTTE — With the ACC formally announcing the eventual launch its ESPN-backed network Thursday at the league's media days, Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock took some satisfaction with the fact that he won't be asked about it anymore.

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ACC football kickoff - live
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 12:30 am

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As ACC Kickoff begins, here's one writer's All-ACC ballot and predicted order of finish
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 8:15 am

It's a special occasion when I'm already up by 6 a.m. and have done a radio interview by 7:30. Yes, it's the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, where Hokies coach Justin Fuente and players Sam Rogers and Ken Ekanem will talk to the media.

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Wednesday 07/20/2016
Time to talk football: ACC kickoff starts Thursday
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 12:15 am

Are you ready for some football … news conferences?

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Most Important Hokies, No. 1: Jerod Evans and Brenden Motley
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 10:30 am

We're within range of the ACC Kickoff, aka media days on July 21-22 in Charlotte, the unofficial start of the football season. Like every year around this time, I'll do a countdown leading up to the event.

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Tuesday 07/19/2016
Episode 57 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 4:45 pm

With the ACC Kickoff right around the corner later this week, columnist Aaron McFarling and I decided to dust off the podcastin' equipment to catch you up on the offseason and look forward to the weeks ahead when there'll be real, actual football to talk about.

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The ACC's network is on the way, plus Most Important Hokies, No. 2: Isaiah Ford
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 9:45 am

According to multiple reports last night, the ACC is finally getting its channel.

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Monday 07/18/2016
Defensive tackle Harry Lewis transferring from Virginia Tech
Updated: July 18, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Reserve defensive tackle Harry Lewis has decided to transfer from Virginia Tech, an athletic department spokesman confirmed Monday.

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Most Important Hokies, No. 3: Andrew Motuapuaka
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 9:00 am

We're within range of the ACC Kickoff, aka media days on July 21-22 in Charlotte, the unofficial start of the football season. Like every year around this time, I'll do a countdown leading up to the event.

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Sunday 07/17/2016
Sunday links: A geographical look at the Hokies' recruiting, plus some extra quotes from Fuente
Updated: July 17, 2016 - 10:45 pm

Virginia Tech's recruiting hasn't shifted geographically too much the last 30 years, generally focused on Virginia and up and down the Eastern seaboard, although out-of-state targets have generally moved south. And from the sounds of it, it's not going to change too much under the new regime.

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Where the Hokies come from: Virginia Tech's old recruiting approach appealing to new coach
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 6:03 pm

BLACKSBURG — During his nearly three-decade run at Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer’s geographical recruiting philosophy didn’t change much.

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Saturday 07/16/2016
Most Important Hokies, No. 4: Travon McMillian
Updated: July 16, 2016 - 9:15 am

We're within range of the ACC Kickoff, aka media days on July 21-22 in Charlotte, the unofficial start of the football season. Like every year around this time, I'll do a countdown leading up to the event.

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Friday 07/15/2016
Hokies mailbag: Who will have the longer honeymoon, Fuente or Mendenhall?
Updated: July 15, 2016 - 12:30 pm

It's Friday. We do mailbags on Friday in the offseason. Let's get to the questions.

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Thursday 07/14/2016
Former Virginia Tech running back Trey Edmunds refreshed at Maryland
Posted: July 14, 2016

The first time Maryland running backs coach Anthony Tucker spoke with Trey Edmunds, it was over the internet, on FaceTime. Tucker quickly took note of what people around Virginia Tech’s football program had seen for years from Edmunds.

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    • Ekanem now the veteran of Virginia Tech's defensive line

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