The Hokie Hangover Podcast, Ep. 4: Picking Up the Pieces After a Deflating Loss

The Hokie Hangover podcast is back, as Mike McDaniel, Andrew Alix and myself do our best to recap Virginia Tech’s season-opening defeat at the hands of Boston College. We also take a look forward at Old Dominion and whether or not the Hokies can avoid embarrassment.

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Game Balls and Challenge Flags: Spreading the Blame in Virginia Tech’s Opening Loss to Boston College

Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Boston College was frustrating for Hokies fans from start to finish. The Hokies missed out on several scoring opportunities, committed five turnovers and allowed a late third-and-long conversion on the ground that put Tech’s comeback hopes to bed.

There’s plenty of blame to go around. No one player shoulders all of the blame for Tech’s defeat, but some hold more of the fault than others.

This season, I’ll be highlighting the positives and negatives from each of Virginia Tech’s games, handing out game balls and throwing challenge flags. Let’s start out with the game balls.

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Brock Hoffman’s Case Spotlights Broken NCAA Transfer Waiver Process

In the second episode of our new Hokie Hangover podcast, I addressed the situation of Virginia Tech offensive lineman Brock Hoffman, who had his waiver to be eligible immediately denied by the NCAA on Wednesday. I talked about how I saw the view of both sides and how the NCAA really needs to clean up the mess that is the transfer process.

Now, I feel the need to retract the first part of what I said and restate my view.

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The Hokie Hangover Podcast, Ep. 2: Brock Hoffman, an Unofficial Depth Chart and Boston College

Welcome back, Hokies. The second episode of The Hokie Hangover Podcast is now live! Mike McDaniel, Andrew Alix and myself discuss Brock Hoffman’s transfer waiver being denied, Virginia Tech’s first depth chart and the Hokies’ first opponent — Boston College.

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Previewing Virginia Tech’s 2019 Schedule

For Hokies, the 2019 schedule is as big of a yawn as it gets. It’s been a few years since Virginia Tech had a schedule like this with zero home games that will attract national attention. Clemson isn’t traveling to Blacksburg, Tech isn’t playing at a racetrack and Florida State isn’t on the schedule. Notre Dame is, but it’s in South Bend.

Even though the home slate doesn’t get the juices flowing, the 2019 schedule presents an opportunity for Virginia Tech to get back to their historic standard — an eight or nine-win season — despite finishing last season with a losing record and having many holes on the roster.

Let’s dive deep into the 2019 schedule, breaking down each opponent and what Tech faces in each matchup.

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Refreshing Optimism Abounds After Sports Illustrated’s Dive Into Virginia Tech’s 2018 Season

Virginia Tech’s 2018 season was an anomaly for many reasons. The team finished with a sub-.500 record for the first time in ages, the defense posted one of their worst seasons in recent memory and over a dozen players entered the transfer portal.

The speculation ran rampant, especially as Tech’s team seem to fall apart late in games. Sports Illustrated’s in-depth behind the scenes look confirmed what many of us thought — there were deep divisions inside the Hokies’ locker room that set a poor example for the team’s younger players, which comprised most of the roster.

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Monday Mail: Bud Foster’s Departure, Breakout Players and Justin Fuente’s Contract

Welcome back, folks! College football is right around the corner, as is Virginia Tech’s season-opener vs. Boston College on Aug. 31. The Hokies are well into preseason camp, so it’s time to revive Monday Mail.

Thanks for submitting your questions this week. Let’s get started with the biggest news of the preseason.

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The End of Another Era: Bud Foster Deserves a Legend’s Ending

As sportswriters, we get the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with all sorts of people. Some of the people in the business are a pain to deal with, while others are as nice and as welcoming as they come.

Often, it’s hard to find a figure that is not only at the top of his profession but who is also a genuinely nice human being. But I found that guy in Bud Foster. And while we should all congratulate Foster on retiring from football, it’s going to be tough when he’s no longer around.

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Virginia Tech’s Quiet Strength: The Receiving Corps

There are plenty of negative topics to discuss in regards to Virginia Tech’s 2019 season. Tech has little to no depth along the defensive line and at defensive back, while any hope of having a proven producer at running back for the 2019 season has faded.

While all of these have been covered extensively, one unit getting little attention is the Hokies’ group of receivers. This is a shame, cause this unit is quite good and despite the many weaknesses the Hokies have, the receiving corps may prove to be Virginia Tech’s saving grace.

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