|Your guide to breaking news, recruiting updates and important offers from TechSideline.com!|
|Welcome to TSLMail #55 - Friday, November 29, 2002||
What is TSLMail?
Click here to find out
To Remove Yourself From This Email List: see the bottom of the email.
To Change Your Email Address: first remove the old email address (see the bottom of this email for instructions), and then add the new email address to the list by clicking here.
To Subscribe to This Email List: click
|New From TechLocker.com|
'Tis the Season to be Shopping!
Okay, Thanksgiving is over. I'm sure you're too stuffed with turkey to move, so we'll make it easy on you -- do all your Hokie gift shopping at TechLocker.com, and you don't even need to leave the house! We've added a lot of new items and are restocking the old just in time for Christmas.
Here's a look at some of the new items we've got, many of which make great gift items -- just click the links to head over to TechLocker.com and start shopping:
|Tech Sports News|
Hokies Try to Extend Winning Streak Over Hoos
Virginia Tech has enjoyed a lot of success against Virginia over the last seven years, winning five of the last seven and the last three in a row. By now, you have heard the statistic that if the Hokies win over Virginia on Saturday, it will be the first time either team has won four in a row in the series since the Hokies did it from 1980-83.
A win Saturday would also make it six out of the last eight for the Hokies, from 1995-2002, and ironically, that would follow a six-out-of-eight streak by the Hoos from 1987-1994, which, ironically, would follow a six-out-of-seven streak by the Hokies from 1980-1986.
You get the idea. This is a series of streaks. The overall record in this series is 42-36-5 in favor of the Hokies, but there have been stretches where one team dominated the other, if you call winning 75% of the games or more over at least an eight-year stretch "domination." With the way emotions run in this series, losing six out of eight will indeed make a fan of the losing team feel dominated.
Virginia's biggest winning streak over Tech ran from 1895-1904, when the Hoos won the first eight games of the series. Tech's longest streak in the series was six in a row, from 1958-1963, when the UVa program was in a deep funk. Tech's longest streak of overall success in the series was from 1953-1966, when the Hokies won 12 out of 14 to take a 25-22-4 lead in the series.
Since 1970, the series has been pretty evenly matched, with Tech's 1980-83 winning streak of four being the longest over that 31-year stretch. And just when it appeared that the Hokies were taking control of the series with their last three wins, Coach Al Groh's Virginia team has arrived ahead of schedule, making the games for 2002, 2003 and beyond look tougher for the Hokies than anyone expected.
Prior to this season, and especially one month into this season, it appeared the Hokies would win the 2002 and 2003 games easily, before Groh's program and players took hold and once again presented a challenge. With Virginia currently standing at 8-4 (6-2 ACC), they don't look like the pushover previously thought.
Saturday's game should be one of the better Tech/UVa games in a while in terms of competitiveness, following three easy wins by the Hokies. But you never know. It might also be a blowout in either direction.
The game will start at 3:30 pm, and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Weather is expected to be mostly cloudy, highs in the lower 40s, with temperatures falling into the mid 30s late. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 30 percent. So bring your warm clothes and rain gear, Hokie fans.
This week, the Hokies are receiving official visits from eight prospects: Barry Booker, Duane Brown, Fontel Mines, Joel Holler, Courtney Denson, Michael Brown, Vince Redd, and an unknown eighth player.
Those who follow Hokie recruiting are familiar with DT Barry Booker and QB Courtney Denson, who are Hokie verbals. TE/DE Duane Brown and WR Fontel Mines are Hermitage (Richmond) High School teammates.
DE/TE Vince Redd is the #2-ranked player in the state of Tennessee by the Knoxville News-Sentinel, and Michael Brown is a 6-4, 210-pound linebacker from Palm Beach Gardens (FL) High School about whom almost nothing is known. The Hokies and Boston College are known to be on Brown's list, with Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan, Florida and Miami also possibly involved. Most of those teams have yet to offer a scholarship to Brown.
At 6-5, 340 pounds, Joel Holler from JP McCaskey High School in Lancaster, PA is one of the top offensive linemen in the country. He is listed in the Rivals 100 (at #42) and is ranked by Rivals as the # 3 player out of 65 at his position. Hokie recruiting fanatics are drooling at the thought of Holler joining current 2003 commitments Tripp Carroll and Matt Welsh, and 2002 signee and current redshirt Brandon Gore.
"I am looking forward to the visit," Holler told TechSideline.com's Chris Horne earlier this week. "I have been down there before for camp after my 10th grade year. Iím excited because Iíve never seen a game down there."
During the camp, Holler struck up a good relationship with Coach Pearman, who is his primary recruiter for the Hokies. His camp experience, coupled with his relationship with Coach Pearman, were two of the main factors that brought Virginia Tech to the top of the list.
"I met Coach Pearman down at the camp," said Holler. "He and the rest of the coaches are cool and I like their [running] style of play."
Techís style of play would be a good fit for Holler, who loves to run block as well.
"I am a good run blocker," said Holler. "I pride myself on my run blocking."
To find out more about what other schools Holler is considering, when he'll take his other visits, and what his timetable is for his decision, check out our TSL Extra update on Joel Holler. If you're not a TSL Extra subscriber, click here to subscribe and get all the latest recruiting news, game analysis and feature articles, available only to subscribers.
|TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week|
Around the Big East
It Could Be Worse ... Just Look South
West Virginia Game Analysis
|TSLMail is a trademark of TechSideline.com - Copyright © 2002 - All Rights Reserved|