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    August 6, 2013

    Like you, I’m excited about the start of another college football season, and this year, that excitement comes with the usual hopefulness, but a bit of anxiety as well. We’re excited because of the fresh faces at key positions for Virginia Tech’s team. We’re eager to see the impact that Tech’s new coaches will have on this team on both game day and on the recruiting trail. And everyone is eager to see a new-look Lane Stadium, with a new mammoth video board. But the anxiety exists because there are more questions than normal for the Hokies as the season opener against top-ranked Alabama nears. ... Read More

    June 7, 2013

    For the first time in 14 years, Virginia Tech is searching for a new president, and while that person will continue to build on the university’s national and international presence in terms of academics, outreach, research, and economic stability, he or she will also shape the future of Hokie athletics. ... Read More

    April 26, 2013

    Last week, the ACC announced that each of the current and future 15-member institutions had signed a grant of media rights through the 2026-27 season. The agreement gives the conference control of each school’s television rights, which, in essence, locks each of the institutions in the ACC for the next 14 years. That period runs congruent with the league’s current television contract with ESPN. ... Read More

    April 8, 2013

    Well, gang, it’s time for the annual spring-cleaning edition of the Kroger Roth Report. Lots to get to, so let’s get started: ... Read More

    March 19, 2013

    Last week, Virginia Tech senior guard Erick Green walked off the floor of the Greensboro Coliseum after completing one of the most remarkable seasons in Tech basketball history. ... Read More

    January 10, 2013

    As he exited Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., in October, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster knew something was amiss with his 2012 Hokies’ defense. Tech had just been gashed for 533 total yards by the Tar Heels, including 262 yards rushing by tailback Giovanni Bernard, in a 48-34 Tar Heel win. ... Read More

    December 6, 2012

    On Dec. 28, Virginia Tech’s football team is going to take the field at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl in front of who knows how many fans for a weekday afternoon drive-time bowl game against Rutgers. ... Read More

    November 14, 2012

    Understatement of the year: This hasn’t been the season that anyone associated with Virginia Tech football was expecting. The Hokies, who were the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC’s Coastal Division in preseason media balloting just 11 weeks ago, head to Boston College on Saturday needing to win this game, and again next week against Virginia, just to keep their bowl streak intact. ... Read More

    October 10, 2012

    As he walked off the Philips Arena court in Atlanta this past March, Virginia Tech guard Erick Green looked up at the scoreboard and saw an all-too-familiar picture in lights. It was another close loss for the Hokies: Duke 60, Virginia Tech 56. That second-round ACC Tournament game marked the 11th time during an agonizing season that the Hokies had lost a game by four points or less, or in overtime. Eleven times during a 16-17 season, Tech was close, but fell short. ... Read More

    September 12, 2012

    This past summer, the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee met in Washington, D.C., and approved massive and dramatic changes to the process of how college football will crown a national champion. As we know now, starting in 2014, there will be four-team playoff at the conclusion of each season. Virginia Tech president Charles Steger was the chair of the committee that also included USC president Max Nikias, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Pearlman, Texas president Bill Powers, Florida president Bernie Machen, and Notre Dame’s Rev. John Jenkins, among others. Simply put, the biggest, most powerful men in college football were all in one room to make some major changes. ... Read More

    August 8, 2012

    What happens when you combine a stifling defense with an elite quarterback? ... Read More

    June 14, 2012

    As you probably know, this has been a troubling and disconcerting time for administrators, fans and athletes at some major universities throughout the country who are currently facing huge athletics department deficits, sinking revenues and rising costs. Some schools are even considering dropping sports as a result of their financial situations. ... Read More

    May 7, 2012

    The plane, other than the roar of the engines, was completely silent. ... Read More

    April 5, 2012

    Today’s Kroger Roth Report will look more like one of those “all you can eat” breakfast buffets at a fancy hotel. Lots of different items for your enjoyment. No carving station or omelet bar here, but hopefully you’ll find something you like. Here goes: ... Read More


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