| Apr 9, 2014
| 6:36 PM
BLACKSBURG — Stepping onto Virginia Tech’s practice field March 27 for the first time this spring, Mark Leal could instantly sense something had changed.
Maybe it was just the way he planned to approach the spring, but even if the moment...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 5:55 PM
During a media session prior to the February 2009 Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pointed at me and said, "You owe me for getting you a week's vacation in Tampa."
Tomlin was right. Sort of....
| Apr 19, 2014
| 4:58 PM
BLACKSBURG — For Marshawn Williams, catching up on a brand new playbook after his teammates had gotten a headstart wasn't difficult, nor was making sure he was on somewhat level ground from a physical standpoint.
The waiting was the hardest part....
| Nov 5, 2013
| 11:41 AM
As 14th-ranked Miami continues preparing to face ACC Coastal Division rival Virginia Tech, it’d be hard to fault the Hurricanes if they spend extra practice time on special teams this week.
Longtime Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and his...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 11:03 PM
EL PASO — The last day of 2013, the first step toward 2014.
UCLA will play its final football game of the season Tuesday when the No. 17 Bruins meet Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
But the game can be viewed as more of a beginning than an...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 11:08 PM
The holiday season has rarely been a joyful time for UCLA. The Bruins have won in only four of their last 14 bowl appearances heading into Tuesday's game against Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines:...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 11:09 PM
Things are going to be different for UCLA this bowl season.
And that doesn't just mean the sombrero that Hyundai Sun Bowl officials will place on Coach Jim Mora's head when the team arrives in El Paso on Dec. 26.
UCLA was off to the Holiday Bowl a...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 4:02 PM
Though defending national champion Florida State did what it could Wednesday to take some luster off Virginia Tech's signing day experience, Hokies coach Frank Beamer didn't let the recruits who slipped from his grasp ruin his mood.
By adding depth...
| Feb 6, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Quin Blanding announced his decision to play college football at Virginia nearly a year ago. Safe to say, much has transpired since.
Chief among the developments: the Cavaliers' 2-10 record last season, their worst since 1981,...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 1:23 PM
BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech football owns the nation’s second-longest bowl streak, while the athletics department, unlike many peers, operates in the black. The Hokies are attaining new heights in the Directors Cup all-sports standings and rank...
| Mar 25, 2014
BLACKSBURG — Whit Babcock said he'd aim high. He said he'd work secretly. He said he would pay. Check, check and extra-large check.
Virginia Tech's introduction Monday of basketball coach Buzz Williams was pizza-fueled — spectators and media...