Cardinal Basketball

Getting To Know The Opponent: Virginia Tech Hokies

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Virginia Polytechnic institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech, is a public land-grant university with its main campus located in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Virginia Tech educates about 31,205 students and their acceptance rate is about 70%.  The athletic teams at Va Tech are known as the Hokies, and the school colors are burnt orange and Chicago maroon.

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A “Hokie” isn’t really a noun.  The term “Hokie” was first coined in 1896 when a student submitted a new “spirit yell” for a school wide contest.  O.M. Stull took home the grand prize of $5 for inventing the new school mascot/spirit yell in 1896.  The word “Hokie” has actually been around as early as 1842.  A retired Virginia Tech English professor claims that “[Hokie was] a word that people used to express feeling, approval, excitement, surprise. Hokie, then, is a word like ‘hooray,’ or ‘yeah,’ or ‘rah.’”  Therefore, they should be known as the Virginia Tech “Hooray’s”

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Virginia Tech may be thirsty for famous alums, but Collette Wolfe fits the role nicely.  Wolf pals around with the Will Ferrell/ Adam Mckay crew, and has worked in a few of their movies.  Collette has been in The Foot Fist Way, Semi-Pro, Observe and Report, Four Christmases, and Hot Tub Time Machine.  Wolfe’s most recent role was in the Sci-Fi epic, Interstellar.


Your mom is probably a huge fan of Hoda Kotb without knowing that the Today show host attended Va Tech.  Hoda has brought the news from places ranging from Greenwood, Mississippi all the way down to Cairo, Egypt.  Hoda caught her big break in 1998 when she took a job as a correspondent for Dateline NBC.  Hoda can now be seen drinking mimosa’s on television at 11 AM with Kathie Lee Gifford.

Virginia Tech is coached by Buzz Williams.  This will be Williams first season as head coach for Virginia Tech.  Buzz Williams has a career coaching record of 146-75.  The Hokies went 9-22 last season.  Va Tech finished 15th in the ACC with a conference record of 2-16.  The Hokies return two starters from last season.  Virginia Tech plays their home games in Cassell Coliseum, which holds about 44% of the capacity of the KFC Yum center. The Cardinals are 28-8 when facing the Hokies in basketball.


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