Friday, August 1, 2008

Hokies debut at No. 15 in Coaches Poll

The preseason USA Today Coaches Poll was released today. The Hokies will start the season as the 15th-ranked team in the country. They are the 2nd-highest ranked ACC team. Clemson is No. 9 in the poll. Wake Forest is the only other ACC team in the poll at No. 23.

Last year, the Hokies were ranked No. 9 in the preseason coaches poll. In 2006, Tech came into the season ranked No. 16 in the poll.

Also receiving votes among ACC teams were Florida State (tied-No. 29), Boston College (No. 31), Virginia (No. 38), Maryland (No. 44) and North Carolina (tied-No. 45).

For the first time since I can remember, Duke did not get their one vote from Steve Spurrier in the preseason poll. Spurrier coached the Blue Devils from 1987-1989 and had voted them at least No. 25 in the preseason poll every year since.

Six ACC head coaches have a vote in this year's poll: Coach Beamer, Bobby and Tommy Bowden, Butch Davis, Jim Grobe and Tom O'Brien.

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