Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Virginia Tech Notebook: Beamer says ACC still strong without Maryland
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BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer began his college coaching career at Maryland, spending one year there as a graduate assistant in 1972 on Jerry Claiborne's staff.
So the longtime Hokies coach had at least some connection to the school, which voted Monday to leave the ACC and join the Big Ten starting in the 2014-15 academic year.
"Sorry to see them go," Beamer said. "I don't know how much it will affect our conference. I don't think it will have a great impact on our conference. ... I'm sure financials were involved.
"I think this conference is strong, very strong. I think the additions that we made have helped us. I think Notre Dame certainly has helped us. So I feel great about the ACC."
Being in the Atlantic Division, the Terrapins and Hokies only met occasionally. They've played four times since Tech joined the league in 2004, with the Hokies winning all four matchups.
The teams were supposed to meet at Baltimore's M&T Stadium in 2014, although with Maryland expected to be in the Big Ten by then, that matchup would seem to be off the table. The Hokies already have four non-conference games scheduled for that season.
Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver chose not to comment about the move Monday, referring inquiries to the ACC office.
Journell earns ACC honor
Hokies kicker Cody Journell was named ACC Specialist of the Week after going 3-for-3 on field goal attempts at Boston College and tying a career long with a 42-yarder.
His biggest kick came with 1:05 left, when he sneaked in a 41-yarder that glanced off the left upright, tying the game at 23 and sending it to overtime.
Journell is 17-for-20 on field goals this year and is now 4-for-4 on game-tying, lead-changing or game-winning field goals in the last three minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime.
Wait and see
Asked if receiver Marcus Davis, after his five-catch, 104-yard performance in the second half against Boston College, would return to the starting lineup this week, Beamer was non-committal.
"We'll see," he said. "I sure was proud of the way he answered there in the second half. He made some really good catches for us."
Davis was benched for the first half against the Eagles after a lackluster effort against Florida State. An embarrassing video of his play in the game went viral and ended up on the national sports blog, Deadspin.
After Saturday's performance, Davis is only 105 yards shy of Andre Davis' single-season school record 962 receiving yards. Marcus Davis has team highs with 43 catches for 858 yards and five touchdowns this year.
Virginia Tech is one of six established Football Bowl Subdivision teams never to have a 1,000-yard receiver, joining Army, Navy, Nebraska, South Florida and Temple.