News from around Virginia Tech athletics and the ACC coming off a three-day weekend.
Around Virginia Tech
The 100 Proof Backfield (The Key Play)
Joe is by far the winner in the "name the backfield" contest. However, the 100-Proof Backfield will only goes as far as their Still-Fermenting O-Line takes them.
Spring Football Review: Virginia Tech (ACC Sports Journal)
Norm Wood beaks down the Hokies' spring practice for ACCSports.com. Bud Foster told Wood that the rebuilding project he faces on defense concerns him.
Former U.Va. assistant joins Hokies' staff (David Teel)
As was speculated last week, Dennis Wolff has become the new director of operations for Virginia Tech basketball. His last job was as head coach for Boston U.
Intimidator? No, but an ace (Aaron McFarling)
McFarling introduces us to Virginia Tech's diminutive starting pitcher, Justin Wright. The little guy (like I have room to talk) has been coming up big lately for the Hokies.
Five Days in May (The A-Line)
The Hokies' baseball team has won over Jim as well. He went to last week's ACC tournament and had a good time doing so.
Around the ACC
College Football Conference & Division Odds Released (Tomahawk Nation)
Bud has the very early college football odds for next season. Vegas has FSU as the favorites in the Atlantic and Miami as favorites in the Coastal. The Hokies are tied with North Carolina behind the Canes in these odds.
Don’t Believe the Hype: The Facts Behind the SEC (Eye of the Hurricane)
Eye of the Hurricane, a relatively new but solid Miami blog, puts the SEC under a microscope and finds that it's not as deep or unstoppable as we are led to believe. However, the SEC has the last four national titles, which I think goes a long way toward making God's Conference, God's Conference.
The 4th Down Consultant Weighs In (Barrel of Rum
Lots and lots (and lots) of words about 4th downs on this Georgia Tech blog. Basically, coaches should go for it on fourth down more often but coaches that aren't Paul Johnson are too chickenshit to do so.
Key New Defensive Coordinator Hires (Pre-Snap Read)
Ryan Myerberg calls the Al Groh hiring at Georgia Tech one of the six defensive coordinator hires to watch. He says UVa's defenses were always solid under Groh and that it's easier to recruit players to the 3-4 system.
Shayne Graham Nearing a Deal with the Baltimore Ravens (Cincy Jungle)
It looks like one of the heroes of the 1999 Virginia Tech football season could be heading to Baltimore. That means yet another one of the NFL jerseys I own is now worthless and obsolete.