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Practice report: Barrett or Jones at QB for Ohio State? Hokies say they're prepared for both

I wrote about everything that came out of the press conference earlier Monday, which you can read here. Now it's time for some notes and quotes from interviews with defensive coaches and players Monday night.

Monday 08/31/2015
Virginia Tech against Ohio State aims to beat No. 1-ranked team for 1st time
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 12:30 am

BLACKSBURG — Sometime during the summer, Frank Beamer developed a line about Ohio State that he’s often repeated, one only reinforced by the Buckeyes attaining unanimous status as the No. 1 team in the country in The Associated Press college football poll.

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Beamer: Challenge of playing unanimous No. 1 Ohio State is significant & more press conference notes
Updated: August 31, 2015 - 3:30 pm

The first press conference of the year is in the books and it was, shall we say, uneventful. There were some things of note to come of it, however. Here's what was said:

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Sunday 08/30/2015
Virginia Tech helmets to include WDBJ memorial stickers
Updated: August 31, 2015 - 8:45 am

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech unveiled metallic orange helmets for its season-opening game against Ohio State on Labor Day night, but it’s what the Hokies added to them that has extra meaning.

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Hokies will wear helmet stickers against Ohio State to honor WDBJ shooting victims
Updated: August 30, 2015 - 8:15 pm

Virginia Tech unveiled special metallic orange helmets for its season opening game against Ohio State on Labor Day night, but it's what he Hokies added to them that has extra meaning.

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This time, they mean it: Hokies confident that their offense will be much improved
Posted: August 30, 2015

BLACKSBURG — If there’s a game that encapsulated Virginia Tech’s frustrating search for a competent offense to complement Bud Foster’s consistently stellar defense, it took place last November in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Hokies defensive line has potential to be legendary
Posted: August 30, 2015

BLACKSBURG — Alone, each member of Virginia Tech’s starting defensive line is worthy of his preseason billing. Every one of them can claim some kind of past All-ACC honor, and everyone has been named to numerous preseason teams this summer — all-conference and in some instances All-America.

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McFarling: Try to remember there's more to season than just the 7th of September
Posted: August 30, 2015

BLACKSBURG — Frank Beamer says it might be the most anticipated game in Lane Stadium history. But when viewed in the context of Virginia Tech’s 2015 goals, the season opener against Ohio State doesn’t even rank among the five most important games this season.

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College football 2015: Time to Shine
Updated: August 31, 2015 - 10:15 am

Here's a look at the upcoming college football season, including Virginia Tech, Virginia, VMI, Southern Virginia, Ferrum and Washington & Lee.

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Saturday 08/29/2015
McFarling: Comfort gives Tech offense leg up on little things
Updated: August 30, 2015 - 12:30 am

BLACKSBURG — For a guy who’s been called “the worst blocker in the history of football” by his coach, Virginia Tech wide receiver Isaiah Ford has a remarkably pragmatic response.

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Where are some national outlets picking the Hokies to finish in the ACC?
Updated: August 29, 2015 - 10:15 am

Unbelievably this never-ending offseason still has nine days until the Hokies take on Ohio State on Labor Day night. I mean, who knows how many more coaches might be fired before then?

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Friday 08/28/2015
Virginia Tech makes decision to redshirt 2 defensive linemen
Updated: August 29, 2015 - 1:15 am

BLACKSBURG — Charley Wiles only has so many practice reps to go around, so the Virginia Tech defensive line coach looks at a player like freshman Tim Settle, a 350-pound tackle who’s shown plenty of promise this month, and wonders just how could he possibly find snaps for him.

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Hokies intend to redshirt Walker, Settle; plus some more d-line notes
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Athletic director Whit Babcock put a swift end to a pretty dumb idea about fining players that has drawn national attention. I wrote about it in today's paper, with some pictures of what the ridiculous accompanying fines were.

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Thursday 08/27/2015
Virginia Tech's Babcock ends player fines, even for bowl games
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 12:30 am

BLACKSBURG — Ten dollars for a missed study hall. Forty-five for missing a Thursday class. A hundred for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

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Hokies AD Whit Babcock offers clarification on player fines, shuts down entire system
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Whit Babcock probably didn't envision his night at the Blacksburg Sports Club ending like this. 

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Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 2:45 pm

We chatted Virginia Tech football during the lunch hour today. If you missed it, the replay is at the very bottom of this post.

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Wednesday 08/26/2015
Virginia Tech football backs off fining players
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 2:00 am

BLACKSBURG — Nearly as quickly as the Virginia Tech football team’s idea of fining players as a disciplinary measure came, it went.

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Virginia Tech football's fine system shut down before it starts
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 10:30 pm

As quickly as the Virginia Tech football team’s idea of fining players as a disciplinary measure came, it went.

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Wednesday reset: A McMillian story, Vick signs with Steelers and Loeffler mic'd up
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 8:45 am

There are more interviews tonight with players and coaches, but this should tide you over until then. As a reminder, I'll be doing a live chat again Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

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Tuesday 08/25/2015
In the region: Virginia Tech moves up in women's soccer poll
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 11:01 am

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team cracked the top 10 in the national coaches poll Tuesday, rising four spots to No. 9.

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Former Virginia Tech football coach Charlie Coffey dies of cancer
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 8:30 pm

Charlie Coffey coached the pass-happy Hokies from 1971-73.

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Virginia Tech sees 'home run ability' in tailback McMillian
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 10:15 pm

BLACKSBURG — Hokies running back Travon McMillian ran out of bounds on a kickoff during practice and needed to get the ball back to the kicker on the other side of the field.

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Former Hokies football coach Charlie Coffey dies at 81
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Charlie Coffey, who had a three-year run as the Hokies' head football coach in the early '70s, died at his home in Shelbyville, Tennessee, on Monday night at age 81. Virginia Tech announced his passing Tuesday.

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Bryan Stinespring breaks down the Hokies' versatile group of tight ends
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 11:30 am

It was a sparse interview crowd on Monday, but tight ends coach Bryan Stinespring spoke with reporters for the first time this August, providing some insight to his tight end group.

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Monday 08/24/2015
Monday wrap: Fisher, Payne transferring, Lawson learning, Patriots comps aplenty
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 7:15 pm

Aaaaand we're back. My weekend golf jaunt to Minnesota is over. How'd it go, you ask? The first day was great. The second day we're never speaking of again.

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Virginia Tech football notebook: Holland Fisher, Shawn Payne leaving
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 12:30 am

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech at last confirmed what had long been expected: outside linebacker Holland Fisher and cornerback Shawn Payne have requested their release from the Hokies and will transfer.

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Sunday 08/23/2015
Former Virginia Tech center Joey van Zegeren starts over at Northwestern
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Joey van Zegeren talks about getting the chance to revive his basketball career at Northwestern.

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Hokies beat West Virginia to win women's soccer tournament
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 8:02 am

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Candace Cephers’ goal in the 62nd minute proved to be the difference as the 13th-ranked Hokies downed the 12-ranked Mountaineers 2-1 to claim the Hoosier Classic women’s soccer title Sunday afternoon at Indiana University’s Armstrong Stadium.

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AP Preseason Top 25: Ohio State unanimous No. 1
Posted: August 23, 2015

Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.

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Sunday links: A scrimmage summary, plus Tyrod continues to impress in Buffalo
Updated: August 23, 2015 - 10:45 am

The Hokies' second scrimmage is in the books. I did not attend yesterday, since I was out of town, but there were plenty of people who did. 

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Saturday 08/22/2015
Which Hokies true freshmen might play this year? Here's a best guess
Updated: August 22, 2015 - 11:15 am

Virginia Tech will hold its second and likely last open scrimmage today at 3:15 in Lane Stadium, so if you want to see the Hokies in action before the season, this is probably your final opportunity.

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