I realize that I haven't talked much about my beloved Virginia Tech Hokies recently and that's pretty much because thare's not much to say. Saying the Hokies' basketball team had a tough year is an understatement. As TechSideline's Will Stewart describes in this post-season wrap-up, injuries, personal tragedies, and freak losses defined the Hokie's sophomore season in the ACC.
As Will points out, there is also cause for optimism for next year. The Hokies will actually have 12 scholarship players on the bench next year so hopefully the starters won't have to play so many minutes. Further, Greenberg continues to bring in solid recruits that should contribute immediately.
However, there are two words that should bring hope to any Virginia Tech fan who remains disappointed about our school's hardwood performance: football season
That's right, with the opening of Spring Practice yesterday, it is time for Hokies everywhere to turn their attention to the gridiron. CollegeFootballNews.com has the ACC Schedules and has the Hokies penciled in for another 10-win season. Meanwhile, CBS Sportline.com has their Spring Top 25 where the Hokies come in at #12. CBS also predicts a second-consecutive Coastal Divison Title. That's not too shabby considering the Hokies are have lost their #1 QB, their top 2 RBs, most of their Offensive line, several Defensive stars AND are breaking in four new coaches.
As Will Stewart outlines in this Spring Preview, despite the new names and faces, there is still a great deal of talent on this team. The Hokies have also stocked up on creampuff opponents this year, which should help the transition of the new players. The Hokies' out-of-conference schedule is probably the weakest in the ACC with the likes of Northeastern, Kent State, Cincinnati, and Southern Mississippi visiting Blacksburg this year. VT's road games aren't all that tough either visiting UNC, BC, Wake Forest and Miami (where they won two years ago).
In any case, despite a great deal of turnover in Blacksburg this year, the Hokies of fall are primed for another successful season. As the weather warms and March Madness fades from memory, Hokie fans everywhere will begin priming their portable grills, readying their facepaint and gobbler noisemakers, and stocking up on Wild Turkey.
For us, September 2 can't come soon enough.