In this edition of Virginia Tech News, a Hokies defensive player is mulling his options, a future in-state opponent is making a football coaching hire and more.
Dorian Strong mulling future options
Recently, Dorian Strong’s father issued a challenge to Virginia Tech fans to let him know how much fans want him back in Blacksburg, but college football might not even be in his future.
According to Andy Bitter of Tech Sideline, Strong is weighing his options for 2024, and making the jump to the NFL is not out of the question. There is no doubt that the defensive back is talented enough to play football on Sundays, but the question is when is the right time to make the move.
James Madison hires new football coach
Curt Cignetti left James Madison on Nov. 30 to take over as the head coach at Indiana in the Big Ten and now the Dukes, who will play in Blacksburg in 2026, are closing in on a new coach.
The Dukes are going to hire Holy Cross coach Bob Chesney, who has had a successful run with the Crusaders with five Patriot League titles. He led them to the FCS playoffs four times, lastly in 2022, and came up short in returning this season. This is a good hire and he will recruit very well in the area and push the Hokies for the top talent in Virginia.
Duke hires former Miami coach
Duke hired former Miami coach Manny Diaz as their next coach, replacing Mike Elko who left to go to Texas A&M to replace Jimbo Fisher. Diaz, who was the defensive coordinator at Penn State, similar to Brent Pry before hired at Virginia Tech, was 21-15 in his tenure with the Hurricanes.
Virginia Tech men’s basketball to host Valparaiso
Six days after beating Louisville, 75-68, to open ACC play at Cassell Coliseum, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will host Valparaiso in a non-conference game Saturday at noon.
The Hokies are 6-3 and need a win this weekend, then next Saturday the University of Vermont, one of the tougher non-Power 5 teams in the country, visits Blacksburg.