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The Kroger Roth Report
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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

March 14, 2012

As he begins his 18th season as the defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech, Bud Foster knows his 2012 group should be among the best in the ACC, if not the country. And with nine starters returning from a 2011 unit that finished 10th in the country in total defense and seventh nationally in scoring defense, it’s easy to see why Foster is confident that can happen. But if you know Foster and are aware of his drive and competitive fire, you know that his mantra for this spring is to raise the level of Tech’s defense to an even higher level. ... Read More

February 7, 2012

Several weeks ago, Virginia Tech football recruit Joel Caleb was sitting in his high school, deliberating between his three finalists – Ohio State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech – when the school’s principal, Dr. Deborah Marks, walked into the room. ... Read More

December 31, 2011

In a few hours, we’ll have our final Virginia Tech sports broadcast for calendar year 2011 when we air the first of three Tech Talk LIVE! Sugar Bowl radio shows from New Orleans. ... Read More

December 14, 2011

In the history of college football, no team has won more games than the University of Michigan. ... Read More

December 6, 2011

As he rode up Interstate 77 in the front seat of one of his team’s buses, chugging up Fancy Gap Mountain toward his hometown, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer worked on his coaches’ poll ballot. Beamer was trying to put the bad taste of the ACC championship game loss to Clemson out of his mind for at least a couple of minutes while he filled out his top-25 list. ... Read More

November 8, 2011

November, as you know, is the big month for both politicians and football teams. ... Read More

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