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   TSL Extra #14

TSL Extra #14
This month's issue of the TSL Extra is a retrospective of Virginia Tech bowl victories under Coach Frank Beamer. Relive the glory of the 1993 Independence Bowl, 1995 Sugar Bowl, 1998, Music City Bowl, and 2000 Gator Bowl, as seen through the eyes of key individuals like Jeff Holland, Bud Foster, and Ronyell Whitaker. We've also got an interesting look behind the scenes of the Gator Bowl, as well as a breakdown of bowl payouts -- what they are, and who gets how much. All wrapped up in a Frank Beamer "don't-mess-with-the-Hokies" cover, it's another great issue of's monthly electronic magazine, the TSL Extra!
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   Hokies Hire Kevin Rogers as QB Coach

Yesterday, Virginia Tech announced something that was a surprise to no one: Kevin Rogers has been hired as Virginia Tech's new quarterbacks coach. Rogers will officially start with the Hokies on January 2nd, the day after Rickey Bustle's last day as offensive coordinator for the Hokies.

Rogers has been in coaching for 28 years and has served as a college coach for 24 years. His most recent college job was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame from 1999-2001. Here is his complete resume:

Years Place Position
1974-76 Bayside (VA) H.S. Assistant Coach
1977-78 Ohio State Defensive Line
1979 Mainland (FL) H.S. Head Coach
1980-82 Wm and Mary Running Backs
1983-90 Navy Various assistant coach positions
1991-98 Syracuse Quarterbacks (91-98), Asst. Head Coach (95-98),
Recruiting Coordinator (95-97), Off. Coordinator (97-98)
1999-2001 Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator and QB coach

Rogers represents an impressive addition to the Tech staff not just because of his coaching experience, but because of his familiarity with the state of Virginia (good for recruiting purposes), and his background with three current Hokie quarterback targets: Marcus Vick, James Banks, and Patrick Dosh.

Rogers recruited Michael Vick when he (Rogers) was at Syracuse, so he knows the Vick family and Vick's coach, Tommy Reamon; he was said to be recruiting James Banks for Notre Dame; and he recruited Dosh for Notre Dame and met him this past weekend on Dosh's official visit to Tech. We interviewed Dosh earlier this week, and he was very impressed with Rogers and said that he seemed to fit right in with the Hokie coaching staff.

   Recruiting News

Source tell that last weekend was one of the best recruiting weekends ever for the Hokies, and that the coaches feel very good about their prospects with each recruit that visited. The list included LB Ahmad Brooks, QB Patrick Dosh, RB Mike Imoh, WR Justin Miller, ATH Jimmy Williams, OL Jimmy Martin (who committed to the Hokies on Tuesday), and previous VT verbals PK Nic Schmitt and DB Cary Wade.

We were busy producing the TSL Extra this week, and Patrick Dosh (6-3, 215, 4.6) was the only recruit we were able to catch up with (Thursday night calls to Mike Imoh were unsuccessful in reaching him). UNC is the only other school that Dosh is considering, and he told us that although the two are very close, VT is a slight leader. Dosh has seen both schools now (UNC on 12/7 and VT on 12/14), and now he'll take the next 2-3 weeks to make his decision. He thinks he'll announce his intention before New Year's, or shortly thereafter.

Of his VT visit last weekend, Dosh said: "It was great. I really enjoyed the whole weekend. I got a chance to see and experience a lot of the things you don't get to see on an unofficial visit. I got to talk to Coach Beamer and actually sit down and talk to all the different coaches a lot. That was great for me. I absolutely love the whole coaching staff. They seem like a great bunch of guys."

Frank Beamer's office in the Merryman Center made a pretty nice impression on Dosh. "You get a little awestruck by it. I walked in and was like, 'Wow.' I didn't get the same feeling when I walked into Coach Bunting's office at UNC. It was a little bit different."

When asked to compare the facilities at UNC and VT, Dosh said, "North Carolina has some of the nicest facilities I've ever seen. But Virginia Tech's facilities are also very, very nice. They're very similar, I'd have to say, when it comes to the facilities. They're both top-notch programs, and they have top-notch facilities. As far as UNC goes, their stuff might be a little bit newer, but both schools will take care of you, and you'll have everything you need. But I definitely don't base my decision around the equipment. For me, it doesn't really matter. I think it comes down to the coaching staff and academics and the actual football part of it."

On his prospects for playing time at VT, and how he might fit into the QB rotation: "I talked to Coach Cavanaugh, and he said, 'You can compete with these guys.' I watched a practice in the field house, and I got a chance to watch the other quarterbacks. I think, and the Tech coaching staff thinks, that they wouldn't be recruiting me if they didn't think I could compete with the quarterbacks they've already got. And from what I saw, if I can learn the offense and pick things up, then I'll get a chance to work my way in and hopefully help out the team. But until you get out there and see the speed, it's hard to say where you'll fit in."

Dosh met Kevin Rogers, who was at Tech interviewing for the QB coach job. "When he was recruiting me at Notre Dame, I talked with him a couple of times on the phone. He seemed like a great guy and a great coach. I saw him on Saturday morning, and he seems like all the other coaches do. He seems like someone who is very approachable, and if you're a coachable kid, he'll work with you and try to make you the best player he can. I was very impressed with Coach Rogers.

"I'd like to make a decision within the next three weeks. I'm going to take the Christmas holidays and think about things. My dad told me he wanted me to take a couple of days and think about things, and then we'll sit down sometime over Christmas or New Year's and think about things and try to get them figured out."

When asked to name his favorite, Dosh said that VT and UNC are very even, but VT has the slight edge at this point.

   News Items From the Past Week

Defensive coordinator Jim Cavanaugh has been named the recruiting coordinator for the football staff, a position that was previously held by Bryan Stinespring.

TSL Features This Week:
Hokie Hotline Notes -- 12/17/01
Beerman's Picks -- by Ben Shapiro, 12/19/01
Bowl Rooting Guide -- by Matthew McKinley, 12/21/01 (won't be posted until afternoon)

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