Hokie Hotline Notes for 2/16/09

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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.


Seth Greenberg

  • Everything that transpired on Saturday was disappointing. Not only the
    loss, but the Jeff Allen situation as well.
  • Greenberg said he wasn’t trying to defend anyone, but the mean-spirited
    attacks the Tech fans took who were sitting behind the Hokie bench were
    unlike anything he has seen since he’s been at Tech. That’s been brought to
    the attention of Maryland.
  • There’s no excuse for what happened with Allen, but now Tech just has to
    move on and be ready to play Virginia.
  • Greenberg hasn’t decided who will start in place of Jeff Allen. Tech needs
    to entire team to step up. It needs to be a collective effort.
  • Nothing is easy in the ACC. It’s a long an exhausting season. Kids are
    very emotional at this time of year. There is a lot of pressure on them.
    Greenberg has told the team to relax and take it one game of the time. At
    the end of the season, they’ll evaluate where they are. The next game is
    always the most important game.
  • Tech has responded before when they’ve been shorthanded, and Greenberg
    thinks they’ll respond again.
  • The Maryland game was Tech’s third game in seven days. Most teams don’t
    play well in that third game, especially when it’s on the road. The Hokies
    didn’t have that extra bounce in their stop. Maryland obviously did. They
    had the entire week off to prepare.
  • Greenberg doesn’t think that will continue on Wednesday. He thinks the
    Hokies will play at a high level.
  • The one thing that concerns Greenberg is that this team hasn’t quite been
    as tough as past Tech teams. They haven’t shown that aggressiveness
    defensively. Tech’s defensive stats make him cringe. They aren’t getting
    stops when they need them.
  • With just a couple of weeks remaining in the season, players have to dig
    down deep and find something they didn’t think they had.
  • The season has an ebb and flow. Duke has the same number of ACC losses as
    Virginia Tech. Notre Dame lost seven in a row, then blew out Louisville.
    Virginia lost eight in a row and then beat Clemson. There is little margin
    for error.
  • Allen Calloway had such a great spirit. Greenberg was planning to take a
    few minutes after practice on Monday to talk about Calloway to the current
    players, but it ended up being a 45 minute talk. He had a great heart and he
    was an unbelievable teammate. He genuinely cared about people.
  • In Calloway’s senior year, he played in the first exhibition game at
    160-lbs. On the second play of the game, he stepped in and drew a charge and
    basically had to be peeled off the court. Greenberg talked to his players on
    Monday about not taking things for granted and appreciating where you are.
    Calloway touched so many people in so many different ways. He never once
    complained during his entire ordeal.
  • Greenberg
    feels for his former teammates as well. Terrence Vinson contacted Greenberg
    when it first happened. Greenberg has spoken to Shawn Harris, as well as
    Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon. Carlos Dixon tried to get back, but his
    team overseas wouldn’t release him.
  • There was a lot of things happening on Monday, and not a lot of it was
    about UVA. Greenberg doesn’t know if that’s good or bad.
  • Lewis Witcher gave Tech some good energy around the basket on Saturday. He’s
    just got to stay in games mentally and he’s got to rebound better.
  • Tech had a spirited practice on Monday. The Hokies went with a light
    practice the day after their win over Georgia Tech, and it retrospect maybe
    it wasn’t the right decision. Greenberg thinks maybe he should have gone
    with a shorter practice, but a harder practice. It’s a tough call to make.
  • Greenberg doesn’t think Delaney is getting worn down. He probably tried
    too hard against Maryland. He wanted to do something more and be part of the
    solution. He had a lot of family and friends at the game.
  • Tech decided to go small against Maryland because Landon Milbourne was
    killing them. Cheick didn’t play as much because Maryland was running some
    offense that was tough for him to cover.
  • Jeff Allen is a sophomore in college, and everyone makes mistakes at that
    age. There is way too much gloom and doom and overreacting about this
    incident. No one is going to beat the team up more than Greenberg about
    certain things that go on. For example, Tech’s defense right now is
    infuriating to Greenberg right now.
  • Tech will come to play on Wednesday night, and they will play well. That
    doesn’t guarantee a win, but they are going to come to play.
  • Virginia is getting better as a basketball team. They have shortened their
    bench and they aren’t playing as many players. Jeff Jones is giving them
    better play recently. UVA has talent, and Sylven Landesberg is the type of
    player who can go win a game.
  • Mike Scott is playing well for UVA. Lewis Witcher will probably get a shot
    at him, and J.T. Thompson will get a shot as well. They’ll defend him by
    committee.
  • To be successful, you have to be able to deal with success and failure.
    You have to balance them. You’ve got to wipe the slate clean after each game
    and continue to be aggressive. Winning isn’t easy, because the other team is
    trying to win also.
  • Tech will practice early Tuesday morning, go to class, and then travel to
    UVA. They’ll have film work while on the bus to Charlottesville. There is
    still a lot of preparation to be done.
  • When your margin of error is small, you’ve got to get 50-50 balls, you’ve
    got to contest shots and you’ve got to defend. You have to get some luck
    too, but you have to make some luck.
  • Tech plays Florida State on Saturday. They are a very athletic team and
    one of the best defensive teams in the ACC. Solomon Alibi is a human
    backboard. He can really block shots. Toney Douglas is obviously a great
    player. This is an NCAA tournament team.
  • Greenberg is hoping that Terrell Bell or Dorenzo Hudson can develop into a
    lockdown defender. They’ve got to get a little meaner. He also thinks Ben
    Boggs can become a really good defender. He is really tough. He’s not afraid
    of anything.

Monday was Day 1,542 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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