Hokie Hotline Notes for 12/2/08

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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 see the show in person at Awful Arthur’s in Blacksburg.

Bryan Stinespring

  • Anytime you get a chance to beat your in-state rival, it’s big. The game is even bigger since Tech joined the ACC.
  • Tech had over 36 minutes of possession time and ran 81 plays against UVA. That gave the defense time to sit on the sidelines and stay fresh. Field position was huge.
  • Tech ran the ball pretty effectively, and the passing game got a lot better as well. This was Tech’s best game on third down, by far.
  • Saturday was Tyrod Taylor’s best game. He came back after a tough game against Duke. He needed to be at his competitive best, and he was. He had a great week of practice leading up to the game.
  • BC’s defense is very good. There’s no way around it. They have good players across the board and a great scheme. They work well together and play great team defense. Their interior linemen are very difficult to move, and their linebackers are very good against the run.
  • Not only do they stop the run, but they lead the nation in forced turnover.
  • BC likes to drop back in a zone and keep everything in front of them, but they still attack the box. It’s similar to Virginia Tech’s defense in some ways.
  • BC defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani has coached against VT more than any other assistant coach. He was at UVA under George Welsh, and he’s been at Boston College under Tom O’Brien and now Jeff Jagodzinski. He knows Tech in and out.
  • Recruiting is going well. The Tech coaches can’t go and visit prospects this week, but that’s because they are playing for the ACC Championship. Recruits understand that.
  • Two Virginia state championship football games will be played in Lane Stadium on Saturday. That’s something that has never happened before, and it can only be good for recruiting.
  • Running the option is a calculated risk. It can be a big reward, but if you turn it’s a big risk of turning the ball over.
  • Stinespring would like to have the fourth and one call to Greg Boone back. That call was heavy on his heart.
  • The Hokies have a full staff meeting on Sundays. The first thing they do is study goal line situations, and the second thing they do is study short yardage. They do that again on Thursday.
  • Stinespring has seen opponents try quarterback sneaks against BC’s big defensive tackles, but it generally isn’t successful. That quarterback ends up moving backwards.
  • There are a few things that need to get done to finish off this recruiting class, but it’s going very well. Stinespring will be getting back to recruiting on Sunday night.

Jim Weaver

  • Virginia Tech has sold just a little over 3,000 tickets to the ACC Championship Game. That’s very disappointing. The game is in Tampa, and the economy is bad right now, but Weaver is hopeful that people will step up this week.
  • Weaver said that local ticket sales in Tampa have gone very well. That could offset the lack of ticket sales from Virginia Tech and Boston College. Tampa has had the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup, the NCAA Tournament, etc. They do a great job.
  • When the game moves the Charlotte, it should be better for attendance. Fans of ACC schools will be able to go watch the game whether or not their team is playing.
  • Weaver doesn’t think we’ve seen the impact of the economy yet. It will take Tech a full academic year to realize the impact.
  • We aren’t sure where Tech will go bowling if they lose to BC on Saturday. The loser of the championship game can go no lower than the Music City Bowl. [editor’s note: the Music City Bowl is the likely destination for the Hokies if they lose to BC]
  • Right now, it appears that the Hokies will be wearing their white throwback jerseys against BC. Tech is technically the home team, so they got their choice of uniforms.
  • Weaver has no information that can be shared right now about the Bud Foster situation.

Frank Beamer

  • Beamer is very proud of his players for hanging in there this year. He’s also thankful for Mike Gentry. He instills toughness in the players, and Tech needed to be physically and mentally tough in these close games this year.
  • Tech knew Vic Hall would play quarterback, but they didn’t know how much or with what personnel groupings. After the Hokies made some adjustments, they were able to shut down that attack.
  • The halftime locker room was calm, despite being down by a touchdown. Everybody hung tough together and did a great job in the second half.
  • With the way the games were arranged this year, this was a very tough schedule. The Hokies had perhaps their youngest teams ever, and then they lost some critical guys to injuries. However, the leadership was great and the team came together.
  • Beamer really likes this year. The players are quality people and they are fun to work with every day. He really admires how they come to work every day.
  • On Glennon’s interception, a guy got in his face and he wasn’t really able to follow through with the pass. As a result, it was inaccurate and intercepted.
  • Jason Worilds’ tackle for a loss on Vic Hall in the fourth quarter was huge. It put UVA in third and long, so they brought in Marc Verica to throw the ball. He promptly threw the interception in the end zone.
  • Bud Foster is as good as it gets in this profession. He’s really smart about football and he’s really good in a game. He deserves to be a head coach, and Beamer will help him anyway he can. However, he’s still glad Foster is in Blacksburg.
  • Kenny Lewis and Brandon Dillard are doing ok. Their injuries will take time. Hopefully they’ll be ready to go in the spring.
  • Cody Grimm is a heady football player, on defense and special teams. Jason Worilds has been standing out recently. Jarrett Boykin is stepping up, and Brett Warren is very underrated. This isn’t a team of stars, but they are quality players and they form a quality team.
  • When people started talking about the team being divided, Beamer thinks they got closer.
  • Tech would like to start both Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon. They just thought Taylor was the best option, and he played very well against UVA. Glennon is a good quarterback though, and he’s always prepared to play.
  • Donovan McNabb is on the Syracuse Board of Visitors. He is endorsing former VT quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers to be the new head coach at Syracuse. Rogers coached McNabb at Syracuse. Beamer called McNabb when he was thinking about hiring Rogers at Tech, and McNabb was very supportive at that time as well.
  • The ACC has 10 bowl eligible teams this year. That’s only the third time that a conference has had that many bowl eligible teams.
  • Tech has to be good on special teams against Boston College. That could tip the scales. They can’t turn the football over either.
  • Tuesday was Day 1,464 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the
    Commonwealth Cup.

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