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An Interview with Lester Karlin
By Zach Rice
April 21, 2011

The Virginia Tech football program has been known for consistency whether it is winning in the Atlantic Coast Conference or a relatively low turnover among assistant coaches over the years. Clearly, though, the most steadfast member of the program is the equipment manager, who has been around since the days when Bill Dooley was coach.

Lester Karlin has been the equipment manager at Virginia Tech since 1978. In that time, he has seen the school rise from a virtue unknown to a team that contends each year for the ACC championship and a BCS Bowl bid.

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Hokies Sweep Terps in Decisive Victory
By Debbie Ballard
February 16, 2011

Although Virginia Tech won a definitive victory against Maryland on the road earlier this season, the Hokies knew that win would offer little advantage when the Terps came back to Cassell Coliseum looking for revenge. Unfazed, the Hokies held serve at home and notched an important late season victory 91-86.

"Kansas came out last night thinking they were going to beat Kansas State because of the first game and coach kind of talked to us about that. We just couldn't let that first game get to our heads," Malcolm Delaney said after the game.

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Hokies Have A Chance To Lock Up Coastal Division In Chapel Hill
by Brittany Gropp
November 13, 2010

The matchup between Virginia Tech (7-2, 5-0 ACC) and Georgia Tech (5-4, 3-3 ACC) on Thursday was a thriller. But thanks to a kickoff return touchdown by David Wilson and an interception by Rashad Carmichael with eight seconds left, the Hokies secured a 28-21 win and remain the only undefeated team in conference play.

Ironically enough, this week the Hokies will be cheering for the Yellow Jackets. That's because with a Virginia Tech win at North Carolina (6-3, 3-2 ACC) and a Georgia Tech win over Miami, the Hokies can clinch the Coastal Division.

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Hokies Hyped for Thursday Night Showdown with Ga Tech
by Brittany Gropp
November 3, 2010

The Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2, 4-0 ACC) are all set to face off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-3, 3-2 ACC) on Thursday. And once again, the matchup is a highly anticipated one.

"Georgia Tech is a team that I was looking forward to playing going into the season," said quarterback Tyrod Taylor. "I feel like it's a rivalry between us and them. We always play like it and Thursday night is no better time to play them."

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Tech Offense Sprints Out To Big ACC Win Over Wake
by James Beale
October 16, 2010

Needing to stay undefeated in the ACC, the Virginia Tech Hokies got off to a fast start and used all of its offensive weapons in a 52-21 drubbing of Wake Forest.

"I think we took a big step today," said head coach Frank Beamer.

Wake (2-5, 1-3) was led by Josh Harris, who broke the all-time rushing record against Virginia Tech with 241 yards on just 20 carries. The previous record was held by Paul Palmer of Temple, who rushed for 239 yards on 44 carries in 1986.

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Hokies Cannot Afford To Look Past Struggling Wake Forest
by Brittany Gropp
October 15, 2010

The Hokies (4-2, 2-0) took care of business last weekend, defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-4, 1-2) 45-21 at home.

Despite allowing the Chippewas to get up 7-0 on the opening drive, Tech immediately answered back with a 72-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Hokies then scored 38 unanswered points and eventually substituted in a number of backups.

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Hokies Right the Ship Against the Pirates
By Debbie Ballard
September 19, 2010

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor made his advice to the team very clear in the week preceding the Hokies' game against East Carolina University.

"I was very vocal throughout this whole week, but the main thing I wanted to stress is, 'don't panic, stay out there, be relaxed, and play the game,'" Taylor said.

However, much like the adjustments made to the defensive line to deal with ECU's dynamite offense, the advice took until about halftime to really sink in.

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Men's Soccer Ties Despite Double Overtime
By Debbie Ballard
September 18, 2010

Despite entering double over time against Clemson University last night, the Virginia Tech men's soccer team was unable to break the 1-1 stalemate that gripped Thompson Field last night.

A goal late in the first half from Clemson midfielder Riley Sumpter negated Clarke Bentley's 19th minute penalty kick that gave the Hokies a shaky early lead.

While Virginia Tech played well both offensively and defensively, some major mistakes on defense exposed the obvious youth of the team.

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