2006-07 Hokie Hotline Notes for 11/27/06

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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.

Seth Greenberg

  • Greenberg said he was disappointed with a couple of things from the Old
    Spice Classic. First of all, the team didn’t guard as well as they were
    capable. And second, no one established a frontcourt presence until the last
    game against Southern Illinois.
  • The team played very hard except for about seven minutes in the first game
    against Western Michigan. Dowdell and Gordon turned the ball over a little
    more than usual in the games Tech lost. It was nice to see Cheick Diakite
    play well against Southern Illinois.
  • They want Coleman Collins to play well, but until he does, someone else
    will get a chance. Diakite will start against Iowa on Wednesday. Lewis
    Witcher is back from his injury that forced him to miss Sunday’s game.
  • Greenberg likes the team a lot, especially the perimeter game. He thinks
    the team came together some in the Southern Illinois game, if you judge from
    the reactions of the players on the bench during the game
  • There is no formula that will light a fire under Collins. He has some
    issues that he has to get through on his own.
  • Jeff Allen is as good a frontcourt player as there is in the country. Gus
    Gilchrist is 6-9 and physical. Terrell Bell is long and agile, similar in
    some ways to Deron Washington. Malcolm Delaney and Dorenzo Hudson are guys
    who can score. The staff is very excited about this recruiting class.
  • The Hokies lost to Southern Illinois in the first three minutes of each
    half. However, he was pleased that each time Tech got down by 11 or 12, they
    came back. They kept fighting back.
  • Greenberg believes Virginia Tech’s perimeter game is as good as any in the
    ACC with Jamon Gordon, Zabian Dowdell, Deron Washington, A.D. Vassallo,
    Markus Sailes and Nigel Munson. They will win some games for Tech. But they
    need the inside players to step up as well.
  • Iowa has a good tradition of basketball. They are the defending Big Ten
    tournament champs. They are young this year, however. Their perimeter game
    is very strong. Their inside players are long, but not overly athletic. They
    will mix man-to-man and zone defenses.

Jim Weaver

  • The Hokies do have a shot at an at-large bid to the BCS. They are going to
    do everything in their power to take advantage of that opportunity if it
    presents itself.
  • Weaver said he would hope the Chick-fil-A Bowl would not pick GT over VT
    if the Yellow Jackets lose to Wake Forest on Saturday. A lot of things could
    happen, and we just need to let it all play out.
  • Weaver said he thinks the Rose Bowl will play their own game and create a
    Michigan-Notre Dame rematch. The Rose Bowl operates totally different from
    the other bowl games.
  • Bud Foster has done a lot in his coaching career, and it would be
    understandable if he had aspirations to be a head coach. Weaver is unaware
    of Foster’s involvement with any coaching vacancies.
  • Weaver isn’t sure whether the ACC will extend their contract with
    Jacksonville for the ACC Championship Game. It will probably depend on this
    weekend. But the Gator Bowl people do a great job of organizing the event.
  • The Hokies would love to play Tennessee. They have a chance to play them
    in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
  • Weaver said he hasn’t been contacted by any other school about getting
    permission to pursue Frank Beamer.

Frank Beamer

  • Beamer is proud of his team for hanging in there and winning the way they
    did this season. The defense played great every week. The offense played
    hard. Not always well, but they were opportunistic.
  • Virginia Tech only allowed two touchdowns in the last six games. The
    defense has been extremely consistent for six straight games.
  • Beamer expects all injured players to be back for the bowl game, including
    starting left guard Ryan Shuman. Sergio Render and Branden Ore should be
    good to go as well.
  • It has been a great accomplishment to win 10 games with this football
    team. There were a lot of holes to fill. A lot of inexperienced players had
    to play, and they did very well for the most part.
  • Beamer told Roth that he and his staff are staying in Blacksburg. They got
    their contract situation squared away last year, and they have no plans to
    go anywhere.
  • Beamer said NC State had a good head coach in Mike O’Cain, but they
    decided not to keep him. They will go after a big name coach to try and
    match UNC’s hire of Butch Davis.
  • Right now, the Hokies don’t have any underclassmen that are petitioning
    the NFL for their likely position in the NFL Draft. The forms came in
    recently, but as of now, no one has been involved with the process.
  • Brandon Pace has been a really good kicker this year. It was a shame to
    see his streak come to an end against UVA, but he could very well have a
    future at the next level.
  • Beamer said it is interesting that the BCS people haven’t released
    Virginia Tech. That gives them a possibility to land in the BCS. After that,
    the bowl situation isn’t clear. Any bowl is a good bowl.
  • The Hokies only had three penalties against UVA. That has been a key in
    the winning streak. Tech has played with discipline.
  • Beamer and Mike O’Cain go way back. They coached together at The Citadel
    and Murray State. He is a good coach. He has done a great job with Sean
    Glennon this year. Glennon has played really well for the most part. O’Cain
    is always very calm.
  • One reason why Beamer loves Tech so much is that he has been a part of its
    growth. When he looks around and sees new facilities and new practice
    fields, it feels good to know he was a part of it.
  • Brandon Pace deserves to be a finalist for the Lou Groza Award for best
    kicker in the nation, but unfortunately he was left off the list. That’s not
    fair, because he is definitely one of the best kickers in the country, if
    not the best.
  • If Reggie Ball gets hot, then Georgia Tech has a great chance to win the
    ACC. But Wake Forest is on a roll and playing good football and Beamer
    thinks they’ll win the game.
  • Notre Dame has a lot of appeal across the country. There are a lot of
    different opinions about the Fighting Irish, but it looks like they are
    heading to the BCS.
  • It’s a credit to the players and coaches for how this season turned out.
    They have worked hard, they made adjustments when they had to, and they
    gradually improved as a team.

Monday was Day 730 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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