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Hokies Solid in Directors' Cup Standings
by Chris Coleman,

The NACDA released their latest update of the 2007-08 Directors' Cup standings, and Virginia Tech is looking stronger this year than last year. The Hokies have benefited from joining the ACC in their overall sports programs, and the Directors' Cup is a good indication of this improvement.

The Directors' Cup is given each year to the school that is most successful in all sports. Points are awarded based on the finishes of each school in each measured sport. It's not a perfect system. Sports like fencing and men's and women's ice hockey are included, and very few schools actually field varsity teams in those sports. However, it's a good indication of an athletic department's overall competitiveness.

This is Virginia Tech's fourth season in the ACC. Here is a table that shows Tech's results since 1993-94, and as you can see, things have gotten progressively better since joining the ACC.

Directors' Cup Final Standings for Virginia Tech
Year Points Rank


141.5 90


81.5 129


147.5 91


152 92


70 96


90 86


260.5 63


278.5 63


168 105


157 112


218 79


331.5 58


430.75 45


434 48

The Hokies' final ranking slipped a bit last year, but their overall points were up slightly. Virginia Tech has improved by over 100 points since joining the ACC for the 2004-05 season. Their overall points have gone up every year since 2002-03, and began going up significantly when ACC-caliber athletes began enrolling in 2004-05.

Here is a look at how the ACC as a whole is faring right now.

Updated ACC Directors' Cup
Standings (as of 4/11/08)
School Points National Rank


568.5 9

Florida State

535 12


433 20


416 23

Virginia Tech

323.5 33

Wake Forest

278 43


274.5 44


265.75 46


205 60

Boston College

179 66

NC State

152 79

Georgia Tech

137.5 85

UNC, Florida State, Duke and UVA always find themselves at or near the top in the ACC when it comes to the Directors' Cup. It's no surprise that those four teams rank 1-4 in the conference so far this year.

Virginia Tech has made a strong push up the standings so far this year. They have almost as many points so far this year (323.5) as they did in all of 2004-05 (331.5). In the most recent scoring period, the Hokies scored points for men's and women's swimming, as well as men's and women's indoor track & field.

The Hokies will stand a good chance to add to their point total in the spring. The softball team stands a great chance to make the postseason again, and the track & field teams will compete in the outdoor portions of their schedule.

The golf team will also have a chance to earn points. Last year they tied Georgia Tech for the ACC Championship. The baseball team is also competing right now, but they are one of just two ACC teams with a losing overall record. Women's lacrosse has two games remaining and then the ACC tournament, but they have yet to win an ACC match this season.

Virginia Tech didn't score any points in wresting, men's basketball or women's basketball in the most recent round of scoring. Other sports that were scored this round, but the Hokies do not compete in, were fencing, women's ice hockey, rifle and skiing.

Right now, Virginia Tech is easily ahead of the other two expansion schools, Boston College and Miami. The Eagles and 'Canes are in the bottom third of the league, and don't stand much of a chance of catching the Hokies. Tech only finished 10th in the ACC last year, but Boston College finished 11th and Miami 12th, and both were well behind the Hokies in points.

2008 Spring Game Tailgate Plans

The annual Spring Game Tailgate returns for another year, packed with more food, fun and excitement than ever!

This year's tailgate will be co-hosted by The Colosseum of Blacksburg, A Luxury Sports Condominium and Hotel, and proud sponsor of and Virginia Tech athletics.

We'll have our usual pulled pork barbecue and massive pot luck tailgate, and thanks to The Colosseum, we'll have a few new wrinkles: a morning omelet bar, a hot dog bar, and even a special guest: Virginia Tech radio color analyst and "Buffet Buddy" Mike Burnop will be making an appearance.

The festivities will get underway at 9:00 a.m. -- an hour earlier than past years, thanks to The Colosseum's omelet bar -- under a huge Colosseum tent near the entrance to Lot 4. For complete details, including a location map, click the link below:

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For more info on TechSideline Pass, and to subscribe, click here. Updates From the Past Week
St. Xavier DE Holds VT Offer
April 11, 2008
St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) boasts one of the top high school football programs in the country. In 2007, head coach Steve Specht's bunch finished with a 15-0 record and ranked number five in the country by USA Today. Virginia Tech doesn't typically recruit the program, but this year the Hokies have extended an offer to one of the top defensive line recruits in the country.

Offer Profile: Hun School OL/DL Anthony LaLota
April 11, 2008
The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) star lineman Anthony LaLota first began receiving official Division 1A offers in February, but the success did not stop there. Scholarship offers have continued to roll in ever since and the 6-5, 256-pound junior is now up to 19 Division 1A offers. LaLota's success is impressive, especially considering he had never played organized football before last fall.

The Greatness of Angela Tincher
April 11, 2008
Some time within the next two months, hopefully later rather than sooner, one of the best Hokie athletes ever will finish out her Virginia Tech career. Her name is Angela Tincher, and she's the best in the country at what she does, but in her four years and 160 games played, I've never seen her throw a single pitch.

Carvin Powell Receiving 1A Interest
April 10, 2008
As defensive tackle Carlton Powell eyes the NFL Draft, his younger brother anxiously awaits his first Division 1A scholarship offer. Carvin Powell, a 6-3, 200-pound junior out of Great Bridge High School (Chesapeake, VA), is a wide receiver/safety prospect who is drawing significant Division 1A interest. Virginia Tech, which is of course where Carlton starred, is among those programs showing interest.

Varina's Rhodes Talks Latest VT Visit
April 9, 2008
Varina (VA) defensive tackle recruit DeAntre Rhodes took a trip to Blacksburg within the past few weeks. While it certainly was not his first experience at Virginia Tech, the visit was important for the 6-2 1/2, 280-pound junior. Rhodes discussed his recent experience as well as his decision making process.

Spring Football Update: Scrimmages Tell the Tale
April 9, 2008
Another week is in the books, and things are starting to clear up at some positions. Scrimmages separate the men from the boys during the spring, and the Hokies have gotten in a mini-scrimmage and a full scrimmage since last Wednesday. Here is your weekly practice report, and this week we've got solid summaries on what's happening on both sides of the ball.

GW's Wilson up to Seven Offers
April 8, 2008
George Washington (Danville, VA) running back David Wilson has become one of the most highly recruited running back prospects in the state of Virginia. The 5-11, 190-pound back is up to seven official scholarship offers including Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

2006 In-State Top 30: Where Are They Now?
April 8, 2008
The 2006 recruiting class was very frustrating for Virginia Tech. The Hokies signed just one recruit in the in-state Top 10, and just five in the Top 30. A lot of big name players got away, such as Percy Harvin, Jarrell Miller, Chris Bell and Brent Vinson, and a lot of them went out of state -- 14 of the top 20 left the Commonwealth. Two years later, it's time to take a look and see how that class is faring in college.

Sparrow Making Spring Visits
April 8, 2008
Western Branch (Chesapeake, VA) cornerback/wide receiver Javanti Sparrow is in the midst of making some spring visits. This past Saturday, he made a trip to Charlottesville to visit the University of Virginia. He came away impressed by the experience, from which he left with an official scholarship offer.

Virginia Tech Eyes Peach State QB
April 7, 2008
Georgia prep standout Michael Box, a 6-4, 195-pound quarterback out of Collins Hill High School (Suwanee, GA), is on Virginia Tech's recruiting radar. Box has been in touch with primary recruiter Torrian Gray for "a while now," he says, but no offer has come. He is hoping that changes in the near future.

Tincher Dominates Virginia; Wagner Wins Houston Open
April 7, 2008
Hokie softball pitcher Angela Tincher had another Tincher-like performance this weekend, shutting down the Virginia Cavaliers and leading the Hokies to a three-game sweep of the Virginia Cavaliers at Tech Softball Park this past weekend. The Hokies won Saturday's game 4-0 and swept a doubleheader Sunday by scores of 3-0 and 7-1.
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