July 25, 2011
Hokies picked to win Coastal Division
ACC Football Kickoff wraps up in Pinehurst

PINEHURST, N.C. – On the final day of the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff, the Virginia Tech football squad was picked to win the ACC Coastal Division according to a poll of media members attending this weekend’s Kickoff at the Pinehurst Resort.

Virginia Tech was followed by, in order: Miami, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Duke.

Florida State was picked to win the Atlantic Division, followed by Clemson, NC State, Boston College, Maryland and Wake Forest. Florida State was the consensus choice to defeat Virginia Tech for the ACC Championship, while Montel Harris of Boston College was tapped as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

The ACC expanded to a two-division format in 2005 when Boston College joined to make the 12th team, and the Hokies have now been picked to win the Coastal every year except 2006, when Miami was picked to win it and the Hokies were picked second. Tech was picked to win the league title in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

The day started with head Coach Frank Beamer joining several hundred other golfers on the No. 4 course for the Skeeter Francis Memorial Golf Tournament. Danny Coale and Eddie Whitley made a last-minute plea to get in and were given spots in the big event despite being relatively new to the game. Whitley said he started slow and finished slow, but had a great time nonetheless. One of his playing partners is a scout for the Senior Bowl, which could be a nice connection after the season is over. Coale was in a group including Fox Sports producer Ray Goodrich, and sank a 72-foot putt for his team.

After all three finished, Whitley headed back to Charlotte and Coale did a few more radio interviews before finishing up with a session with the College Football Hall of Fame. He grabbed lunch and decided to explore the Village of Pinehurst in search of an affordable Pinehurst shirt as a memento while Beamer faced the gauntlet of media on his day.

Beamer, who is entering his 25th year at the helm of the Hokies, was his usual affable self, endearing himself to the media with his down-home charm. As expected, he was asked about opening against Appalachian State after opening the last three seasons with a “marquee” team, his thoughts on the league, new quarterback Logan Thomas, the defense and a variety of other topics.

Beamer and the Tech contingent will board the plane back for Roanoke tonight and begin preparations for the start of preseason camp on Thursday, Aug. 4.

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