Virginia Tech Hokies News: NCAA Tournament sell-out, football coach elevated & more

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In this edition of Virginia Tech Hokies News, a former Hokies kicker signs with a new team, the women’s basketball team remains in the same spot on the latest AP Top 25 poll, and more.

Women’s basketball stays at the same ranking

Sunday night, the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament brackets were released with the Hokies’ drawing the No. 4 seed in the Portland 3 Regional and they will host Marshall in the first round Friday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

On Monday, the final Associated Press Top 25 poll ahead of the tournament was released and Virginia Tech maintained their spot ranked 13th. The Hokies have been ranked all season long in the poll and will now begin their quest to get back to the Final Four.

NCAA Tournament sells out at Cassell

Tickets for this weekend's first and second-round games at Cassell Coliseum in the NCAA Tournament went on sale Monday and it didn't take long for them to be gone. Actually, it took less than one hour for both days to be sold out. This is the second straight season that both sessions in Blacksburg have sold out.

The first game will be Wednesday night with Columbia and Vanderbilt playing with the winner advancing to play sixth-seeded Baylor on Friday night at 6. At 3:30, the Hoies will play 13th-seeded Marshall, the Sun Belt Conference tournament champions. Buckle Up!

Joey Sly signs with the Jaguars

Roster turnover continues with the Washington Commanders in the NFL under first-year coach Dan Quinn. Recently, former Hokie Logan Thomas was released, and on Monday, kicker Joey Sly also left the nation's Capital in free agency.

Slye agreed to a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and he joins a list of free agents who are heading to Northern Florida.

Fontel Mines gets elevated

Virginia Tech announced that wide receivers coach Fontel Mines was promoted to Assistant Head Coach under Brent Pry. It is a very well-deserved promotion for a big part of Pry's coaching staff who played a big role in getting transfer wide receivers to come to Blacksburg.