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CAA Scheduling 101 - William & Mary

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CAA Scheduling 101 - William & Mary

Improving on last season's total of six wins - four in CAA play - figures to be the most basic of goals for William & Mary men's basketball team. Even without leading scorer Quinn McDowell, lost to graduation, the Tribe appear poised for that and then some especially if rising sophomore Marcus Thornton builds on the promise flashed during his freshman campaign.

The explosive 6-foot-4 guard and former Bishop McNamara star averaged 11.1 points per game last season primarily in a reserve role. Thornton now joins a lineup with three returning starters and is part of a W&M roster that includes nine players with at least 16 games of experience from last season.

Pinpointing the foes that stand out as easy targets is another matter. The early part of the upcoming schedule includes road games against major conference programs like Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Purdue. The Tribe's most intriguing out of conference home date is against Miami (Oh.) out of the always formidable Mid-American conference while the only meeting against CAA favorite takes place at Kaplan Arena.

The rest of the schedule looks like this ( denotes CAA games)

Fri, Nov 09 Hampton
Mon, Nov 12 Liberty
Sat, Nov 17 at High Point
Wed, Nov 21 Miami OH
Fri, Nov 23 at Wake Forest
Wed, Nov 28 at Richmond
Sat, Dec 01 Old Dominion
Thu, Dec 06 Howard
Sat, Dec 08 at Radford
Sat, Dec 29 at Purdue
Wed, Jan 02 at Vanderbilt
Sat, Jan 05 George Mason
Wed, Jan 09 at Towson
Sat, Jan 12 Hofstra
Wed, Jan 16 at Georgia State
Sat, Jan 19 Drexel
Wed, Jan 23 Northeastern
Sat, Jan 26 Towson
Wed, Jan 30 Delaware
Sat, Feb 02 Hofstra
Wed, Feb 06 at James Madison
Mon, Feb 11 at Northeastern
Wed, Feb 13 UNC Wilmington
Sat, Feb 16 at Old Dominion
Mon, Feb 18 Georgia State
Sat, Feb 23 George Mason
Wed, Feb 27 at UNC Wilmington
Sat, Mar 02 James Madison

Jackson, Peoples lead No. 13 Hokies past ODU, 38-0

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Jackson, Peoples lead No. 13 Hokies past ODU, 38-0

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Steven Peoples had scored three career touchdowns for No. 13 Virginia Tech heading into Saturday's game against Old Dominion.

Now he's scored six, including a right-place-at-the-right-time deflection that turned his good day into a career day.

On the play, Peoples ran a wheel route and was a few steps behind Hokies start receiver Cam Phillips. Both were well covered, but quarterback Josh Jackson let fly from near midfield as the four players approached the end zone. The ball went to Phillips, but in the scramble with the defender, it bounced away, right into Peoples' arms for a 43-yard touchdown.

"I sat back and was waiting for Cam to catch it," Peoples said, noting Phillips' reputation for catching the ball in traffic. "As soon as it bounced off him, I caught the ball and I was like, `Man, that was a big-time catch.'"

On the sideline, while teammates celebrated, Jackson got a talking-to from coach Justin Fuente.

"Not for public consumption," Fuente said what asked what he told the redshirt freshman. "Not happy. We got lucky on that one so I made sure he knew about it. He's smart. He's tough. He understands stuff and he's still young."

Said Jackson: "That was the first touchdown I've ever felt bad after throwing."

Jackson threw for two more scores -- a 17-yard screen pass to Peoples and a diving 5-yarder to C.J. Carroll -- as the Hokies (4-0) finished their non-conference schedule unbeaten for the first time since 2011. Peoples also scored on a 1-yard run.

Virginia Tech started slowly for the second consecutive game, leading just 3-0 after the first quarter, but scored on four consecutive drives after getting untracked. The Hokies have scored 95 consecutive points since falling behind 17-7 at East Carolina last week.

The Monarchs (2-2), playing an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the second week in a row, fell to 0-9 against Power Five schools.

The game was the first meeting between the schools and featured the first career start for 17-year-old Old Dominion quarterback Steven Williams Jr. He showed a nifty ability to escape the Hokies' pass rush, getting sacked just once, but completed just 8 of 26 for 85 yards. Monarchs receivers didn't help by dropping several balls, including one that Travis Fulgham could have taken 75 yards for a touchdown.

"He didn't get a lot of help out there today," coach Bobby Wilder said after his team barely made it across midfield all game. "There were four of five times where we needed to make a catch, we needed to make a play, and we didn't."

Williams took it in stride.

"It's just part of the game. We know we need to clean that up," he said. "We have to be more aggressive. If we find our run game, we're going to be fine."

Jackson was 20 for 30 for 298 yards and has now thrown for 11 touchdowns. He did throw his first interception of the season against the Monarchs, but the Hokies took the ball away three plays later, leading to their first touchdown midway through the second quarter.

Hypocrisy of NCAA loud and clear with Maryland Football promotion

Hypocrisy of NCAA loud and clear with Maryland Football promotion

The NCAA is a dumb and monumentally stupid organization with rules that often don't make sense for the student-athletes they govern. One of those is paying, or more specifically not paying, athletes.

In an incredible twist of irony, Maryland will give one lucky regular student (that isn't an athlete) $10,000 for something an athlete (not a regular student) could potentially perform on the football field.

This is a highly specific play that will have to happen in order for one lucky student (again, not an athlete) to win the money, but the hypocrisy is incredible and this entire situation is so backward.

A student-athlete could score a touchdown (while not being paid) for the university and while scoring said touchdown will be helping make money for the university (money they will never see a dime from). The university will then turn around and give money to a student who did nothing to earn it, except decide to stay around in the second half for a game that is expected to be lightly attended, thanks to the achievement of a student-athlete who is incapable of receiving said money. 

That makes sense. Totally.

This comes on the heels of a report earlier this week that Division 1 coaches were "spooked" and against new rules that would allow students who met a minimum GPA to transfer and have immediate eligibility.

This is all totally fine.

Anyway, I can't believe someone didn't see the irony here and think "eh, we just had one of the biggest upsets of the weekend and should have a better way to capitalize on our momentum with something cool to entice people to stick around against Towson?"

I guess not.

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