CFB Notes from the Newsroom: Week 2

CFB Notes from the Newsroom: Week 2

1.) BIGGEST SURPRISE (POSITIVE) FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES IN THE ACC
The Atlantic Coast Conference finally had a positive opening weekend. The conference posted a 7-1 record against non-conference opponents in Week 1 including Clemsons big win over Auburn Saturday night in Atlanta. Week 2 features more big non-conference matchups so well see if the ACC can keep it going.

2.) BIGGEST LETDOWN (NEGATIVE) FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES IN THE ACC
There were plenty of games that were too close for comfort this weekend. Maryland just slipped by William & Mary 7-6 and Wake Forest beat Liberty by just a field goal 20-17. Both teams admit there is a lot to work on. Well find out Saturday afternoon what they improved on and if it was enough.

3.) BIGGEST CAA NEWS FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Oh boy. The Towson Tigers opened their season under the Thursday night spotlight against Kent State and well, it was definitely memorable. Expectations were high coming in for Rob Ambroses squad but they did not look like the defending CAA Champions in their 41-21 loss. But the big story of the night was not the score. It was Wrong Way Parker." Trying to describe it would not do it justice. If you havent seen it, its a must. If you have seen it, well Im sure youll want to see it again.

4.) MARYLAND TIDBIT OF THE WEEK
Head coach Randy Edsall admitted he and the coaches didnt do as good of a job handling quarterback Perry Hills. I wouldnt be surprised to see a more stripped-down version of the offense Saturday against Temple. Also, Edsall was vague when asked about the status of kicker Nick Ferrara. Well keep an eye on Thursdays injury report.

5.) VIRGINIA TIDBIT OF THE WEEK
For the second straight week, quarterback Michael Rocco has family ties to the opposing team. Roccos father, Frank Rocco, Jr., played quarterback at Penn State and was a member of the 1982 National Championship squad. Roccos grandfather, Frank Rocco, Sr., was a longtime member of the Penn State football staff.

6.) VIRGINIA TECH TIDBIT OF THE WEEK
Wide receiver DJ Coles suffered a knee injury in Monday nights win against Georgia Tech. Luckily for the Hokies, Coles should be able to play Saturday vs Austin Peay.

7.) CAA GAME OF THE WEEK AND PREDICTION
Oooh, its a good one. Old Dominion at Hampton. Just 15 miles separate these two schools. The Monarchs have a 2-0 series lead but you can never take Hampton for granted.
PREDICTION: OLD DOMINION

8.) ACC GAME OF THE WEEK AND PREDICTION
North Carolina at Wake Forest. The Tar Heels stomped on Elon (my alma mater) last weekend 62-0 while the Demon Deacons squeaked by Liberty 20-17. This will be the 105th meeting between the two teams. Carolina is banned from postseason play due to NCAA penalties so they play the role of spoiler in every game.
PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA

9.) QUICK BREAKDOWN OF AND PICK FOR UVA GAME
Virginia hosts Penn State this weekend in a nationally televised game. The Wahoos looked good last weekend against Richmond. Quarterback Michael Rocco was in control, running back Perry Jones was Superman and the defense was stellar. Penn State suffered a loss to Ohio at home. Head coach Bill OBrien is very familiar with the ACC having coached at Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke in the past. OBrien has a very tall task ahead with the Nittany Lions but he is the right man for the job. I think the Cavaliers are going to step up to the plate and improve their record to 2-0 this weekend.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA

10.) QUICK BREAKDOWN OF AND PICK FOR VATECH GAME
The Hokies have a short week to get ready for Austin Peay. Dont laugh... Hokies fans havent forgotten the loss to James Madison two years ago just 5 days after their loss to Boise State. But this weekend Frank Beamers squad is coming off a huge win and you have to hope theyve learned their lesson from the past.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

11.) QUICK BREAKDOWN AND PICK FOR UMD GAME
Maryland visits Temple this weekend with the nightmare of last seasons meeting still lingering. The Owls dominated the Terps 38-7 at Byrd Stadium. Brian Stewarts defense will have to find a way to stop (or at least slow down) Temple running back Matt Brown. Well see how quarterback Perry Hills deals with his first road game (albeit in his home state) and how Randy Edsall and Mike Locksley adjust the offense for him.
PREDICTION: TEMPLE

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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