Monday Mail: Nester Flirts With The Hokies, Justin Robinson’s Absence and More

Hello Hokies. It’s the beginning of the week, so it’s time to answer your questions.

Forgive me for the delay, as I’ve been dealing with a nasty cold over the weekend. With that and work, it was nearly impossible to get any of this written prior to Sunday night.

Without further ado, let’s get down to business.

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Diminished Depth at Quarterback Pushes Virginia Tech to Widen Recruiting Net

The transfer portal giveth, and the transfer portal taketh away.

On the same day that it became public that running back Deshawn McClease had withdrawn his name from the transfer portal and will return to Virginia Tech for 2019, it also became public that rising redshirt sophomore Hendon Hooker had entered the portal and plans to transfer from Virginia Tech.

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Monday Mail: The Impact of Recent Transfers, Bench Depth and Home/Road Disparity

Welcome back Hokies. Monday Mail has returned and boy, is there a lot to discuss. I issued a late request for questions this weekend and you all responded. Thank you for the questions.

Let’s dive into this week’s mail, which hit on three different Virginia Tech teams.

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Tech’s Transfers Raise an Important Question: Can Justin Fuente Lead the Hokies?

For more than 30 years, Virginia Tech has been the model of consistency. Blacksburg has been the bastion of tranquility and order. The Hokies football program has been as stable as they come in an industry that becomes less stable by the year.

But the last several months have been anything but consistent or tranquil at Virginia Tech. In fact, it’s hard to find a time in recent memory that has induced more panic, suspicion or worry than the timeframe that we are in.

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Monday Mail: Stinespring’s Impact at Old Dominion, the Final Recruiting Push and More

Welcome back Hokies. Virginia Tech is making their final recruiting push on a couple of prospects over the next several days, with National Signing Day on the immediate horizon. By Feb. 6, we’ll know exactly how Virginia Tech is going to finish the 2019 class.

There’s plenty of other items to talk about, so let’s get to it.

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Season Awards for the 2018 Virginia Tech Hokies

It can be hard to hand out awards to a team that finished below .500 for the first time since 1992. Virginia Tech football waded through a tumultuous 2018 season and though the team struggled to win games, there are individual performances that are worth recognizing as the Hokies prepare to enter their winter conditioning period.

Let’s roll through some of this season’s superlatives and highlight some of those performances.

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Monday Mail: Nolley and Clarke Out for the Season, the 2019 Schedule and More

Welcome back to another edition of Monday Mail. Even though Virginia Tech’s 2018 season is over, there’s plenty to talk about in Blacksburg.

Let’s not waste any time. To the questions…

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Manny Diaz Unlikely to Strengthen the Hurricane’s Offense On His Own

Mark Richt’s retirement at Miami just before New Year’s Eve shook up the coaching landscape for just several hours. The Hurricanes wasted no time in finding Richt’s replacement, wooing Manny Diaz away from his new Temple position.

In one day, the Miami football program changed and stayed the same. Things are different in Coral Gables now, but many issues remain that could doom the program.

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Positives for Virginia Tech Football Entering the Offseason

Virginia Tech’s 2018 season did not come to a merciful end. The Hokies lost a back-and-forth slugfest with Cincinnati by a score of 35-31, which included a 64-yard drive by the Bearcats in the final minutes that sealed the Hokies’ fate.

The Hokies finished this year 6-7, marking the program’s first losing record since 1992. This was an infuriating season for fans, mired dismissals of star players, embarrassing defeats and calls of changes to the coaching staff.

But Tech’s season of agony and despair is over. Virginia Tech can now focus on finishing up the 2019 recruiting class and get ready for winter workouts. The focus in Tech’s football offices will no doubt be turning towards next season over the coming days and weeks, so our focus should turn as well. I’ve written extensively about Virginia Tech’s struggles in 2018. Now, let’s focus on some of the positives heading into 2019.

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Monday Mail: Boosting Recruiting, Wide Receiver Depth, Miami’s Problems and More

Merry Christmas, you filthy animals. Welcome to a holiday edition of Monday Mail, which is jam-packed with my opinion and analysis that you desire.

Thanks for the questions this week, folks. Instead of wasting time, let’s dive right in.

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