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Hokies Tops in the ACC in the Major Sports
by Chris Coleman,

Two weeks ago we compared Virginia Tech's ACC record in basketball to the rest of the teams in the conference since expansion. We found that the Hokies stack up very well, finishing fifth in overall wins in ACC play since they first entered the conference. Today we'll throw football into the mix and see who the top schools are in the two major sports in collegiate athletics.

Florida set the benchmark last season when they won the national championship in football and basketball. No ACC schools are approaching that status as of yet, but there are a few who have fared very well in both football and basketball in ACC play.

First, let's take a look at the average finish in football. ACC Championship Games are not included. We simply looked at the overall conference record each year, and ranked each team accordingly. If three teams finished in a tie for third with a 5-3 record, then they were all given a "3". The next closest team in the standings was given a "6".

ACC Football Rankings
Since Expansion
Team Average Finish
Virginia Tech 1.25
Boston College 3
Georgia Tech 4
Florida State 4.75
Clemson 5
Virginia 5
Miami 6
Wake Forest 6
UNC 6.75
Maryland 7
NC State 8.5
Duke 11.5

We all knew who would be at the top in football. Virginia Tech has finished with the best record in conference play in three of their four years in the conference. Their worst season, 2006, was a 6-2 year and a second place finish. The Hokies are clearly the dominant program in football.

Another expansion school, Boston College, has finished third, fourth and second in their three years in the ACC. Think expansion was good for football in the ACC? Yeah, me too.

The third place team probably surprised you. Georgia Tech has averaged a fourth place finish in the ACC since expansion. They finished with the best record in 2006, the third best record in 2005, and have finished no lower than sixth in the ACC. So if the ACC didn't expand, the Yellow Jackets would be the most consistent program in the league? Ouch. That just shows how far ACC football is down the food chain. But despite that success, Chan Gailey was fired. Best of luck to new GT football coach Paul Johnson. He'll need it.

The major player in expansion, Miami, averages a sixth place finish in football. They haven't won the ACC as of yet. In 2007 they finished next-to-last with a 2-6 record, ahead of only Duke.

Now let's take a look at basketball. The same ranking rules apply. The ACC Tournament is not included, just regular season finish, with no tiebreaking rules.

ACC Basketball Rankings
Since Expansion
Team Average Finish
UNC 1.25
Duke 3
Maryland 5
Virginia Tech 5.25
Boston College 5.67
Clemson 6.75
Georgia Tech 6.75
Virginia 7
Florida State 7.5
Miami 7.5
NC State 7.75
Wake Forest 7.75

UNC is to ACC basketball what Virginia Tech is to ACC football. The Tar Heels have had the best record in the ACC for three of the last four seasons, with their lowest finish being second in 2005-06. UNC is the face of this conference in basketball.

Duke is obviously second, but the Blue Devils aren't all that close to UNC right now. They even had one season of finishing just sixth in the ACC. They aren't going to catch their in-state rivals with finishes like that.

No one else has been particularly close to UNC and Duke. Maryland is in third, with an average finish of fifth place. Virginia Tech's average finish is a 5.25. The Hokies have come in fourth place or better in three of their four seasons in the ACC. Their one season finishing in 10th place (2005-06) holds them back from being #3 in the ACC in basketball since expansion.

What's funny is that a couple of North Carolina schools bring up the rear in the basketball rankings. NC State and Wake Forest have an average finish of 7.75 in basketball. For all the North Carolina sportswriters who write about how expansion has had a negative affect on ACC basketball, tell NC State and Wake to start winning some games. They'll have a much better argument then.

Now let's combine the two sports. Let's take the average finish in football, and the average finish in basketball, and average those numbers out.

ACC Overall Rankings
Since Expansion
Team Average Finish
Virginia Tech 3.25
Boston College 4.33
Georgia Tech 5.375
Clemson 5.875
Maryland 6
Virginia 6
Florida State 6.125
Miami 6.75
Wake Forest 6.875
Duke 7.25
NC State 8.125

By those numbers, Virginia Tech is the best school in the conference in the two major sports. UNC comes in a somewhat distant second. Tech football and UNC basketball are dead even, but Tech basketball is better than UNC football. Boston College comes in third, giving expansion teams two of the top three spots.

Take a look at the bottom of that list: three North Carolina schools, all at the bottom. Despite Duke's excellent basketball program, the football program is so bad that they finish next-to-last overall. Even worse, NC State finished last in basketball and next-to-last in football, giving them the worst overall average in the ACC. And it's not particularly close. They've got a lot of ground to make up.

Yet again, we prove that adding Virginia Tech into the mix during expansion was the best move the ACC could have made at the time.

Meet Adibi, Flowers and Brown at Collegiate Inn of Blacksburg This Saturday

Looking for a good diversion during Easter Weekend? Got Hokie fans coming into town for the holiday, and you're looking for something to do? Stop by Collegiate Inn of Blacksburg Saturday and meet Xavier Adibi, Duane Brown, and Brandon Flowers!

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2008 Spring Football Preview: Defensive Line

March 21, 2008
Ever since Virginia Tech joined the ACC, they've been blessed with talent and depth on the defensive line. This year there is still individual talent, but there is a lack of proven depth, particularly at defensive tackle. Developing some effective interior defensive linemen should be the top priority of the defensive staff during spring practice.

Jack Britt Boasts Top Offensive Tackle
March 21, 2008
Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) head coach Richard Bailey is no stranger to coaching top high school talents. But Bailey, who has coached Wake Forest standouts Patrick and Brandon Ghee and former Virginia Tech running back George Bell, may have his best prospect yet in 6-6, 280-pound junior offensive tackle Xavier Nixon.

Top CB is on a Roll
March 20, 2008
Lackey (Indian Head, MD) cornerback Darrell Givens is cementing his standing as one of the most highly recruited cornerbacks in the 2009 class. Last week alone he added five Division 1A scholarship offers, giving him 17 in total. What other schools have now offered the talented prospect?

2008 Spring Football Preview: Offensive Line
March 20, 2008
One unit that has to improve this year for Virginia Tech is the offensive line, which has been subpar for the last two years. This year the Hokie defense will be younger and probably not as good as last year, so they won't be able to cover for an offense that isn't capable of standing on its own two feet. The offensive line has to step up. They have to be better, or it could be a long season.

TSL Audio: Chris Coleman, ESPN Radio, 3/19/08
March 20, 2008
Two items were hot topics yesterday in the Hokie sports world: Tech's NIT game with Morgan State, and the departure of Branden Ore from the Hokie football team. TSL's Chris Coleman and ESPN Radio 1430 AM's George Hunsicker discussed both topics in their afternoon sesson (WMA format, compatible with Windows Media Player and MP3 players, 2.9 MB, 12:16).

Catching up with Tony Gregory
March 20, 2008
First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Tony Gregory admits that his senior season was disappointing, but he remains confident as he looks toward his future at Virginia Tech. The 6-0, 192-pound senior, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds last spring, is hoping to make an impact for the Hokies as soon as possible.

Hokies Still on a Roll as NIT Opens
March 20, 2008
I don't know about you, but I got the message pretty loud and clear Wednesday night: A lot of people make fun of the NIT, calling it cute names like "Not Invited Tournament," but the Virginia Tech Hokies and their fans are ready to rock it. Tech's 94-62 win over Morgan State was all kinds of fun, and the Hokies are more than ready to do it two more times in Cassell, then head to New York.

Hokies Pound Bears in Fired Up Cassell Coliseum
March 19, 2008
The Hokies recorded their 20th win of the season, and Seth Greenberg got his 300th career victory in a 94-62 pasting of Morgan State in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night. Virginia Tech is now 20-13 on the season, and they'll face UAB in the second round of the NIT in Cassell Coliseum on Monday night.

Branden Ore Leaves Virginia Tech Football Program
March 19, 2008
Rising r-senior running back Branden Ore has left the Virginia Tech football program, the athletics department announced on Wednesday. Ore's departure, while not a surprise, will make this a very important spring for some young and inexperienced running backs.

2008 Spring Football Preview: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
March 19, 2008
Whether the quarterback in 2008 is Sean Glennon, Tyrod Taylor, or both, there will be a number of new receiving targets that the Tech quarterbacks will have to mesh with. The starting tight end position is also very much up in the air at this point. That will make spring practice very important at wide receiver and tight end.

Durant Impresses at New Hampton Prep
March 19, 2008
After leading Fairmont Heights (Capital Heights, MD) to a Class 2A state championship appearance as a senior last season, 6-3, 185-pound guard Kendall Durant, a Virginia Tech recruit, took his game to New Hampton Prep (N.H.) and impressed head coach Peter Hutchins this season.

Athletic Exum Boasts Four ACC Offers
March 19, 2008
One of the fast rising athletes in the state of Virginia's 2009 class is Deep Run's (Glen Allen, VA) Antone Exum. At 6-0, 210 pounds, the Wildcats standout runs a sub-4.5 40-yard dash and has the versatility to play several positions on the next level. He played defensive back this past season but primarily served as the starting quarterback, totaling 1,518 yards (860 passing, 658 rushing) and scoring 25 touchdowns (13 rushing, 12 passing) on the year.

NIT Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs Morgan State
March 18, 2008
Virginia Tech will be looking to pick up win #20 in their first NIT game, Wednesday night against Morgan State in Cassell Coliseum. A win would set up another game in Blacksburg against either UAB or VCU, but first the Hokies must get by Morgan State, who was just a game away from going to the NCAA tournament.

2008 Spring Football Preview: The Offensive Backfield
March 18, 2008
Virginia Tech will open spring practice on Wednesday, March 26, and there are a number of question marks that must be answered on both sides of the ball, not the least of which are in the offensive backfield. The Hokies enter the spring with two good quarterbacks, but no clear starter, depth issues at tailback and not much experience at fullback. We should see quite a battle for playing time at all three positions.

McCoy's Future at VT is on Defense
March 18, 2008
When we first caught up with Amherst (VA) star Derrick McCoy he had just come off an outstanding junior season and had helped his team capture a Group AA, Division 4 state championship. He played very well on both sides of the ball his junior year, but perhaps was more known for his big play ability at wide receiver. After all, he averaged 30 yards per catch and scored nine touchdowns that year (and followed that up with 12 scores his senior year). But now, after putting in a first-team all-state performance on defense his senior year, his future is on the defensive side of the ball and McCoy is excited about it.

2009 Class Needs: The Defense
March 17, 2008
The past several classes, Virginia Tech has really loaded up on the defensive linemen and linebackers. The current projections from the 2007 and 2008 classes stand as follows: 9 defensive linemen, 8 linebackers, 5 defensive backs. One of the more interesting dynamics to follow will be the ultimate position destinations for some of these kids, as more than a few could end up playing another position than the original projection. This could influence the staff's thinking in terms of needs for this class, although defensive back appears to be the biggest overall need for 2009 recruiting.

What I Learned from the NCAA Rejection
March 17, 2008
We're new at this bubble thing, and new at learning how the NCAA Selection Committee deals with teams on the bubble. That being the case, here are some quick thoughts on what I learned from VT's rejection by the NCAA committee. This isn't a complete list, and certainly some of you understand this process better than I ... unless you don't. (Hint: that last comment is a common theme in this column.)

Hokies a #1 Seed in the NIT
March 16, 2008
Virginia Tech has been selected to the 2008 National Invitation Tournament. The Hokies are one of four #1 seeds in the 32-team field, and they'll host #8 seed Morgan State on Wednesday night at 7pm. The game will be televised by ESPN Classic.
Also: Adibi, Flowers and Brown to Appear at Collegiate Inn of Blacksburg This Coming Saturday

Hokies Left Hanging
March 16, 2008
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show has come and gone, and Virginia Tech is not one of the 65 teams in the field. In the eyes of the Selection Committee, the Hokies apparently didn't have enough Top 50 wins to get into the Big Dance. Tech is now headed to the NIT. They'll find out their first round opponent later tonight.

Popping the Bubble: TSL's One-Man Selection Committee
March 16, 2008
The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will be spending their day making up the field of 65. A great portion of their day will be deciding which of the bubble teams deserve to be in the Big Dance. That sounds like a fun afternoon, so I decided to do the same, though I doubt they'll be calling me for my advice.

The Ones That Haunt You
March 16, 2008
I've been writing about Virginia Tech sports for twelve years now, so I've encountered my fair share of games like this: close, painful, excruciating losses, the ones that stay with you. They are difficult to swallow, these losses. They haunt you for hours, days, weeks, months ... sometimes years.

Hokies Go Toe to Toe With #1 UNC, but Fall Just Short
March 15, 2008
Virginia Tech's young basketball team played their best game of the season on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately it wasn't quite enough, as a jumper from Tyler Hansbrough with 0.8 seconds remaining gave the Tar Heels a hard fought 68-66 victory over the Hokies. UNC improved to 31-2 with the win, while Tech dropped to 19-13. The Hokies will have to wait until Sunday evening's NCAA Selection Show to find out their postseason fate.
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