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Lunch Pail Podcast: Is Virginia Tech's season on the brink?

BLACKSBURG - The Roanoke Times sports columnist Aaron McFarling and Virginia Tech football beat writer Mike Niziolek discuss whether Virginia Tech's season is on the brink, preview the Boston College game and break down the race for the Coastal Division title. Lunch Pail Podcast Episode 8 Intro - (0:00-1:05) What happened against Georgia Tech (1:06-7:45) Is season on the brink? (7:46- Previewing the Boston College game (15:01-18:15) Predictions for Virginia Tech vs. Boston College...


Lunch Pail Podcast: Can Virginia Tech bounce back after latest setback?

The Roanoke Times sports columnist Aaron McFarling and Virginia Tech football beat writer Mike Niziolek discuss the Hokies second half setbacks against Notre Dame, the team's chances in the Coastal Division and preview the North Carolina game. If you have any feedback or questions for Aaron or Mike, email us! Look for new episodes on every Wednesday during the season. Lunch Pail Podcast Episode 7 Intro - (0:00-1:11) What went wrong for Virginia Tech against Notre Dame (1:12-4:53) The...


Lunch Pail Podcast Episode 6

The Roanoke Times sports columnist Aaron McFarling and Virginia Tech football beat writer Mike Niziolek discuss the Hokies dominating Duke on the road, the keys to that win and look ahead to Notre Dame Lunch Pail Podcast Episode 6 Intro - (0:00-0:35 Reaction to Duke win (0:36-4:30) What impressed you more Virginia Tech's offense or defense? (4:31-12:05) Breaking down Notre Dame game (12:06-19:00) Predictions for Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame (19:01-25:40) Pick 3 (25:41-32:02)


Lunch Pail Podcast

The Roanoke Times sports columnist Aaron McFarling and Virginia Tech football beat writer Mike Niziolek discuss one of the biggest upset losses in Hokies history, what's next at quarterback and take a shot at predicting what will happen at Duke this weekend. Lunch Pail Podcast Episode 5 Intro - (0:00-1:05) Reaction to Old Dominion loss (1:06-6:50) Biggest surprise about the way Virginia Tech played? (6:51-13:00) Breaking down Josh Jackson injury, Trevon Hill departure (13:01-14:35) Can...


Lunch Pail Podcast Episode 4

The Roanoke Times sports columnist Aaron McFarling and Virginia Tech football beat writer Mike Niziolek discuss the No. 13 Hokies unexpected layoff and preview this weekend's visit to Old Dominion. Lunch Pail Podcast Episode 4 - Intro - (0:00-1:55) - Concerns about layoff (1:56-6:30) - Any financial impact to losing game? (6:31-7:40) - What will Virginia Tech do about schedule (7:41-10:00) - Florida State hurting Tech's strength of schedule (10:01-15:30) - Any advantage for Virginia Tech...


Ep. 148: Dwight Vick talks alumni relations, rivalries of the '90s and more

Former Virginia Tech offensive lineman Dwight Vick joins Andy Bitter on the podcast to talk about a variety of topics, starting with how relations with football alumni could be improved. Vick talks about his recruitment in the early '90s, the best Hokies rivalries in the old Big East days, particularly Miami, the best and most underrated players he played with and the current state of the program. We also wade into the athlete compensation issue at the end.


Ep. 147: Offseason QB and coach rankings and a fast food draft

It's a downtime in the football season but we tried to liven things up on the podcast this week anyway. Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling start out by talking about some of the ubiquitous offseason lists that are out there that rank all of the returning starting QBs in the country and the Power 5 coaches. We transition to some reader questions, talking about the top-five games we anticipate this year for VT, who from Tech's history would win a "Hunger Games"-style competition and more. Then we...


Ep. 146: Galen Scott's resignation, the Edmunds brothers' big night and more

Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling are back to talk about what was an eventful week in Blacksburg, starting with co-defensive coordinator Galen Scott's surprise resignation. We move on to the NFL Draft, where the Edmunds brothers had a historic night and several other Hokies were selected. We touch on the strange bit of animosity out there for Josh Jackson from a very vocal segment of the fan base before we move on to some listener questions about what other ACC programs we'd like to cover,...


Ep. 145: Where will Tremaine Edmunds go in the NFL Draft? Plus tons of listener questions

Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling are back for a podcast largely powered by you, the listener. We start off talking about the NFL Draft and where the Hokies, most prominently linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, might end up going. Then we turn things over to some listener questions, with topics ranging from how strained the relationship is with some football alumni to Hendon Hooker's odds of sticking around at quarterback to if there'll ever be a future NCAA football video game.


Ep. 144: Looking back at the Hokies' spring game

Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling are here to talk about the Hokies' spring game, starting off with our thoughts on Ryan Willis' big day and if there's any way he can challenge Josh Jackson. We hit on the receivers who played, what's shaping up to be a young defense once you get past most of the starters, if Coleman Fox has a role on this team and, of course, spring attendance. We go off on a tangent about Aaron's tweet about sad songs and talk a little spring playoffs at the end.


Ep. 143: Time to get juiced for the Hokies' spring game

Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling get amped for the Hokies' spring game, talking about what Andy saw at the open period of practice on Tuesday. We touch on quarterback Ryan Willis and Hendon Hooker's progression, Silas Dzansi's move up the depth chart, Adonis Alexander's health status, the tight end situation, Jarrod Hewitt's love of Big Squat Friday and, everybody's favorite, the projected spring game attendance. We also follow up on The Masters, talk about baseball's action problem and...


Ep. 142: The search for big-play RBs, a starting five on the OL and reliable CBs

Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling discuss all the latest happenings in spring ball for Virginia Tech, which is looking for more explosive plays out of its running backs, a starting five on the offensive line and more reliable play from the cornerbacks. We talk about Michigan canceling its football series with the Hokies and Florida State opening as a 6-point favorite against Tech in the Labor Day opener. We also branch out from Hokies sports to talk a little bit about Villanova's NCAA...


Ep. 141: Spring in full swing: Talking Hokies QBs, Devon Hunter, LBs and more

Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling are back with spring ball in full swing at Virginia Tech. We talk about Josh Jackson's goals this spring, the outlooks of two other quarterbacks on the roster (Ryan Willis and Hendon Hooker), how Devon Hunter fits in and what the linebacking corps might look like come September. We introduce our potential replacement for the Pimpleton Minute before touching a little bit on the Hokies women's lacrosse controversy. Then we close by giving our thoughts on the...


Ep. 140: A Hokies hoops postmortem, UVa's historic upset loss and your busted bracket

Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling are back from the road after covering the NCAA Tournament last week. It was a short postseason for all the commonwealth's schools. We talk about Virginia Tech's loss to Alabama, if it means the program stalled a little bit and what the outlook is for the Hokies and Buzz Williams next season. We give our thoughts on UVa's historic upset loss to UMBC as 1 seed against a 16, if Tony Bennett needs to change much going forward and, given our colleague's bit of...


Ep. 139: NCAA Tournament hoops in Pittsburgh, plus a little spring football preview

Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling and I are in Pittsburgh covering the NCAA Tournament this week, so we figured we'd put together a podcast. We talk about Virginia Tech's matchup with Alabama and what a win would mean for the Hokies' program. We touch on Radford's first-ever NCAA Tournament win and how much the Highlanders have enjoyed the last couple days. Then we turn our focus to some key developments as the Hokies start spring ball, namely Caleb Farley and Devon Hunter's position switch...


Ep. 138: The 'Rube in the City' edition, talking about the ACC Tournament in NYC

Andy Bitter talks to an on-location Aaron McFarling this week from the ACC Tournament in New York, a city the country columnist has grown to love over the last couple days. We talk about why Aaron's had an awakening to the Big Apple, the merits/drawbacks of having an ACC Tournament in New York and the Hokies' unlucky draw with a likely Notre Dame matchup. We touch a little bit on Radford making the NCAA tournament and hit on the Hokies at the NFL Combine a bit as well.


Ep. 137: Hokies punch their NCAA ticket with Duke win, but where will they end up?

Aaron McFarling and I are back to talk about Virginia Tech's big basketball win against Duke, which all but locks up an NCAA Tournament berth for the Hokies. We touch on Buzz Williams' "Quit cussin'" request, take a look ahead at where Tech might finish in what's are tight ACC standings and rank the NCAA sites the Hokies could visit. We touch a bit on the NFL Combine and the Hokies who will participate in Indianapolis this week before turning to a few reader questions at the end.


Ep. 136: Hokies getting closer to the Big Dance, plus plenty of listener questions

Andy Bitter and Aaron McFarling are back for another podcast. We start off talking about the Hokies basketball team's latest win against Clemson and how its tournament chances are looking better and better. We also touch on Louisville vacating the 2013 title, and if that kind of punishment means anything. Then it's listener questions galore, talking about Virginia Tech's chances to ever make the playoff, donut preferences, a Mt. Rushmore of Virginia Tech football, which receivers could step...


Ep. 135: A critical hoops stretch, football recruiting rewind & more

This is a potpourri podcast, with Aaron McFarling and Andy Bitter talking about the Hokies basketball team's topsy-turvy week, first with a win at Virginia, then with a blowout loss to Duke. We discuss Virginia Tech's NCAA Tournament outlook as it comes down the stretch. We hit a little bit of football, touching on signing day, some on Tech's recruiting ceiling and the upcoming NFL combine. And we offer a few baseball thoughts at the end, as the Hokies prepare for a season with a new coach...


Ep. 134: The February signing day is upon us

With the regular February signing day upon us, we branch out on the podcast this week. Andy Bitter is joined by Evan Watkins of VT Scoop to talk about Virginia Tech's 2018 signing class. We discuss several big targets that the Hokies will try to close in the next week, including what's the latest on Dax Hollifield, before going back to review the kind of talent Tech signed during the early period.