College football week 5 preview

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College football week 5 preview

BIGGEST SURPRISE FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Miamis overtime win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta was just wild. The Hurricanes jumped out to an early 19-0 lead, then allowed the Yellow Jackets to score 36 unanswered and then rallied to beat Tech in overtime. Running back Mike James scored four touchdowns for Al Golden and company. Look at for these Canes.

BIGGEST LETDOWN FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Honestly, I dont think there was a letdown from last weeks games. Florida State and Clemson was even better than the ACC could have hoped for. Wake Forest, UNC, NC State and Duke all won their non-conference games like they were supposed to. Virginia Tech rebounded from their loss to Pittsburgh with a shutout over Bowling Green and even though Maryland lost, they still fought and scored a respectable 21 points against a very tough West Virginia defense. Virginias loss to TCU was not unexpected but there is drama brewing in Charlottesville.

BIGGEST CAA NEWS FROM LAST WEEK'S GAMES
The New Hampshire-Old Dominion game was nothing short of epic. Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heineke set Division I records with 791 yards of total offense and 730 passing yards. The sophomore was 55-79 with five touchdowns and also rushed for 65 yards and a score. ODUs 64-61 victory over New Hampshire was another example of the CAAs level of play and their domination in the FCS.

Maryland: Bye week

Virginia: Head coach Mike London was noncommittal when asked about his starting quarterback moving forward. Michael Rocco has been ineffective the last three games while backup quarterback Phillip Sims has thrown three touchdown passes in the last two games.

This weekend the Wahoos host Louisiana Tech and this is no gimmie. The Bulldogs dominated Illinois last weekend 52-24. La Tech is averaging 54.7 points per game and are led by senior quarterback Colby Cameron who has 11 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions. The Bulldogs did lose leading rusher Tevin King for the season to an ACL injury but freshman Kenneth Dixon is averaging 81.3 yards per game so dont expect a big drop-off.

PREDICTION: LOUISIANA TECH

Virginia Tech: I think we finally saw the offense click Saturday against Bowling Green. The Hokies once again got off to a slow start but quarterback Logan Thomas started connecting with his receivers and the plethora of running backs found holes and found the endzone.

This weekend the Hokies visit Cincinnati at FedEx Field. Head coach Frank Beamer is very respectful of both the Bearcats offense and defense. Thomas suffered a fingernail injury last Saturday that he described as only a college kid can (ick). Beamer said Tuesday morning that Thomas is a tough guy and will be fine for this weekend. Hokie Nation never passes up an opportunity to see their beloved team, especially at an NFL stadium. For those attending Saturdays game heres my heads up... find something or someone to hold on to during Enter Sandman. The stadium does indeed shake.

PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK

There are two interesting matchups this weekend and neither are ones you would expect (or at least I wouldnt). NC State at Miami and Duke at Wake Forest. All four teams have a 3-1 record and for State and Duke this is their ACC opener. The Wolfpack and Hurricanes are meeting for the first time since 2008 while the Demon Deacons have won 12 straight against the Blue Devils. I think (I hope) both games go down to the wire and show the improvements by all four teams this season.

PREDICTION: MIAMI AND WAKE FOREST

Virginia Tech to hold four satellite camps

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Virginia Tech to hold four satellite camps

The hot topic around college football this offseason has been satellite camps and now the Hokies are getting into the mix. Head coach Justin Fuente announced on Tuesday that Virginia Tech will have four satellite camps over the summer, two will take place in key regions in Virginia while the other two will be out of state in Atlanta and New Jersey.

Of the two camps in Virginia, one will take place in the "757"—the Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach area—while the other will be in Northern Virginia. The 757 region is an incredibly fertile recruiting area that has caught the attention of southern powerhouses like Florida State. Northern Virginia is also a hotly contested area with competition from the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland, among others.

The ACC previously banned satellite camps and pushed for a ban by the NCAA. The NCAA did ban the practice altogther, briefly, but after a national outcry, the ban was overturned last month.

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For his part, Fuente is not a fan of these camps, but recognizes the necessity of holding them.

“There’s a lot of issues with camps right now that we’re all trying to vet through,” Fuente said via Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “In general, the whole traveling camp (idea) is not particularly good. It just opens up a lot of room for abuse. They’re not regulated at all. But I’m excited about being able to travel in our state.”

Going to Atlanta is an interesting move, but a necessary one if the Hokies hope to return to their former glory. Recruiting in the south opens Virginia Tech to more top-tier recruits. Obviously, it will be difficult to lure southern prospects away from the SEC powers, but being able to build a footprint in the SEC's backyard will greatly help Fuente's task of rebuilding the team into a conference contender.

The move to New Jersey also makes sense. The lack of a power program in the Northeast essentially makes the region up for grabs. Schools like Ohio State and Penn State have taken advantage of Rutgers' move to the Big Ten, but obviously the ACC maintains a presence throughout the east coast.

Virginia Tech's rather remote location makes holding these camps within the state important. The state was previously dominated by the Hokies in the glory days of the Frank Beamer era, but in-state recruiting has slipped in recent years. Holding Virginia camps will help Virginia Tech maintain its presence in the state.

“I think it’s certainly necessary in our state,” Fuente said. “We’re just going to dip our toe in the water of the other ones and see how that goes. I’m genuinely excited to do the ones here.”

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Virginia fires legendary lacrosse coach Dom Starsia

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Virginia fires legendary lacrosse coach Dom Starsia

Virginia is making a change in leadership at the head of its lacrosse program.

On Monday the university announced that Dom Starsia, the all-time winningest coach in Division I lacrosse history with 375 victories, is being removed from his head coaching position, with a national search for a replacement to follow.

 

“Dom Starsia is a Hall of Fame coach and I want to thank him for all he has done for Virginia men’s lacrosse, UVA athletics, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community,” Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a statement. “In addition to winning 73 percent of his games at UVA with multiple ACC and NCAA championships, Dom was committed to the development of student-athletes as his teams were cited for their sportsmanship and academic achievements. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and learned from Dom."

Under his watch, the Cavaliers won the ACC regular season championship ten times, and led the program to four National Championships (1999, 2003, 2006 and 2011).

He took a program that had not made the NCAA Tournament in four consecutive seasons and had not won a national championship since 1972 and turned it into arguably the top program in college lacrosse. Virginia is not just a good program, nor is it just a great program. It is a blue-blood program, something that can only be ascribed to one of three or four programs.

But the firing of Starsia comes on the heels of a 7-8 record, the program's second in three years, capping a four year stretch in which the program lost at least five games a year, for a 34-27 record since the start to the 2013 season. Prior to 2013, Starsia's Virginia teams had lost five games in a season just five times since taking over as the head coach of the Cavaliers in 1993. Virginia has a 1-15 record in the ACC since 2013 and has dropped 12 consecutive conference games. 

It also ends two weeks of speculation for Starsia, the program and recruits. On May 17th, it was reported that the university would not be renewing Starsia's contract. Two days later on May 19, a report indicated a contract extension had been confirmed.

But now it is official: Virginia is in the market for a new lacrosse coach for the first time since 1992.

Frank Beamer seems to be really enjoying retirement

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Frank Beamer seems to be really enjoying retirement

Retirement doesn't seem to suit everyone, especially in sports. History is full of examples of players and coaches who get antsy soon after calling it quits. That doesn't seem to be the case with Frank Beamer.

Beamer stepped aside at the end of the 2015 season after a 44-year college coaching career that included 29 years as the head coach at Virginia Tech. After such a long and storied career, you could understand if Beamer struggled a bit to adjust to life outside of coaching, but he seems to be doing just fine.

Hey, when you lead a program to 22 bowl games, seven conference championships and one national championship game berth, you can enjoy retirement any way you want.

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