2006-07 Hokie Hotline Notes for 10/23/06

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The Hokie Hotline (football and basketball season)

When: Every Monday from 7:00-9:00 during football season, 7:00-8:00 during basketball season.

Where: Click here for a list of radio stations, and to find the link for listening to the show on the Internet (look to the right on the hokiesports.com page that loads when you click the link). You can also watch the archive on hokietv.com.


Lester Karlin

  • Karlin said VT has come a long way since he’s been there. They used to
    take equipment to road games in the back of a pickup truck and a station
    wagon. Now they have a 25 foot Penske truck loaded to the max.
  • The head set communication system that the coaches wear is worth about
    $80,000.
  • The rumors that the team would be wearing all maroon on Thursday are
    false. They will be wearing traditional maroon jerseys and white pants.
  • The famous all orange uniforms from 1994 are gone. The pants were sold to
    Virginia State University, and some of the Tech players from that time got
    the jerseys.
  • Karlin could tell the Hokies would win against Southern Miss on Saturday
    night because of the way they acted before the game.
  • Football helmets can cost as much as $200, depending on the type of
    facemask.
  • Players have two different options for what type of helmet they want to
    wear. Riddell Revolution helmets, the streamlined ones with air vents on the
    top, help prevent concussions.
  • Full equipment for an offensive lineman costs between $800 and $1,000.
    That doesn’t include their knee braces, which are ordered by Mike Goforth.
  • The Hokies won’t be wearing any throwback uniforms, orange-sleeved
    jerseys, or orange jerseys this year.

Jim Weaver

  • The new Nike deal means there will likely be a lot more availability of
    products specific to each sport. Right now Weaver can’t talk too much
    about it per the contract. It is a very lucrative deal that frees up money
    that used to be equipment money. Now sports can use that money in other
    ways, like recruiting budgets and travel budgets.
  • Right now Hokies Respect will stay exactly the same until the end of the
    season. At that point they will evaluate it and determine if any changes
    need to be made.
  • It’s difficult to get men’s and women’s basketball games at home on
    the same weekend for ACC play. The league sets the schedules for both
    sports.
  • Roth asked Weaver his opinions on how the Miami-FIU brawl was handled.
    Weaver said, “I’m obviously smart enough not to be critical of a sister
    institution in our conference.”
  • Weaver went on to applaud how FIU handed the situation. It’s very easy
    to sit in judgment when you aren’t in the middle of the issue. If any Tech
    players are ever involved in a brawl, then they are sitting for a minimum of
    five games.
  • John Swofford will have some kind of a proposal for the ADs to look at in
    Jacksonville in early December. Weaver would prefer that each school be
    under the same regulation when it comes to fights and brawls.
  • Schools and coaches can talk about future coaching jobs right now through
    agents and attorneys.
  • Television dictates when opposing teams run out on the field. Sometimes
    coaches ignore the TV guys and take their team out whenever they feel like
    it.
  • Assistant coaches’ contracts are very different. Some are multi year,
    some are single year. Some run through June, others through January. VT’s
    assistants’ contracts go through June, and raises take effect on January 1.

Frank Beamer

  • The Hokies played well on Saturday. The kicking game was great, the
    running game was cranked up and the defense played well. The execution was
    good in each phase of the game.
  • Beamer thought Carlton Powell’s sack should have been a safety. But
    overall, that officiating crew did a great job, particularly in pacing the
    game, which Beamer joked was “too quick” a couple of times. They
    were from the Big Ten.
  • Branden Ore is doing a really nice job. He is being a leader. The rest of
    the team really respects him and knows that he’ll always run hard.
  • Beamer said he thinks Clemson is the best team that the Hokies have played
    since Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. C.J. Spiller is like Reggie Bush,
    unfortunately for the Hokies.
  • Will Proctor is doing a good job. He’s an accurate thrower. They are
    really good up front and they have good, experienced kickers.
  • Clemson reminds Beamer of USC with LenDale White and Reggie Bush. The
    offensive line has been together for a long time.
  • To stop Clemson, the Hokies have to be very disciplined in protecting
    their gaps. Clemson runs the zone running play quite a bit, and James Davis
    and Spiller know how to find the holes in the defense.
  • Cary Wade played well against Southern Miss. Aaron Rouse played well also
    and will start this week, but Wade will continue to get playing time.
  • The Hokies haven’t decided how they are going to use Ike Whitaker on
    Thursday. He can do some things, but the coaching staff has to make sure
    they use him correctly.
  • It is an advantage to play at home during a short week. Its tough to
    prepare on such short notice, but Clemson has to travel as well.
  • The first thing the Hokies have to worry about on Thursday is stopping the
    running game. They need to try and get pressure on the quarterback as well.
  • Ryan Shuman played a great football game on Saturday. He was the offensive
    player of the game. He really elevated his game and took steps towards
    getting better.
  • Xavier Adibi and Vince Hall both practiced on Monday. They look like they
    will be ready to roll on Thursday. Justin Harper was limited in practice,
    and he is questionable for Thursday.
  • Right now the Hokies aren’t concerned about trick plays. They are
    concerned about getting the offense ready fundamentally. Then they’ll
    worry about putting some trick plays in the game. They do have the personnel
    for trick plays. They could potentially put Greg Boone and Cory Holt on the
    field together, and both are former quarterbacks.
  • Sean Glennon got rid of the ball quicker against Southern Miss. He also
    did a good job running with the ball when no one was open. He’s done a lot
    of good things.
  • The staff has thought about using Greg Boone as a running back during
    short yardage situations. But right now they don’t want to fill his mind
    with too much stuff. They’d like to get him going a little better at tight
    end before thinking about running back.

Monday was Day 695 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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