Catching Up With Ken Oxendine

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Ken Oxendine Profile

Current home: Lawrenceville, Ga.

Current job: Athletic director, coach and physical education teacher at
Notre Dame Academy in Duluth, Ga., 20 minutes north of Atlanta.

Family: Single

At Virginia Tech: 1994-1997 football seasons. Oxendine rushed for 2,645
yards – good for 8th on the Hokies’ all-time list. He led the team in rushing in
1996 (890 yards) and 1997 (904). He had 11 games with at least 100 yards,
including a high of 163 yards against Temple in 1996. Oxendine was named All-Big
East after his junior season.

Nicknames: Ox.

Best Virginia Tech moment: Sept., 22, 1994. A Thursday night victory over
West Virginia provided Oxendine with his first collegiate action. “The
first time I got to touch the ball, I went 62 yards,” Oxendine said.
“I thought every game was going to be like that!”

Least favorite Virginia Tech moment: A 42-3 loss to North Carolina in the
Gator Bowl after Oxendine’s senior season. “That was by far one of the
lower points,” Oxendine said. “North Carolina probably should have
been in the Fiesta Bowl. That defense they had was maybe the best we ever played
against. I think nine guys off that defense ended up going pro.”

Favorite Blacksburg restaurant/hangout: “Sub Station and the
Sycamore Deli were my two favorites for sub sandwiches. As for a restaurant, my
favorite eatery would be The Cellar.”

Last time back on campus: Spring game, 2008.

Teammates you stay in touch with most: Derek Smith, Shane Beamer, Cullen
Hawkins, Bryan Still. “Now, with Facebook and stuff, a lot of us have been
able to reconnect with that.”

The NFL, The XFL, and Life After Football

Veteran readers of the comics pages will recognize what former Virginia Tech
running back Ken Oxendine has become.

“Ox” is Gil Thorp.

If there’s something that needs to be done related to athletics at the
relatively new Notre Dame Academy in Duluth, Ga., Oxendine is the one who gets
it done. His official title is athletic director, but he also coaches the
fledgling school’s sports offerings, which include boys basketball, cross