Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

Because the 2021 soccer season was drawing to an in depth and Virginia and Virginia Tech have been pursuing new head coaches, there was little dialogue of one other search just a little additional to the south.

Duke was searching for a successor to David Cutcliffe, who was retiring after 14 years because the Blue Devils’ head coach.

Bronco Mendenhall had stepped down as Virginia coach and Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente didn’t end out the season, with assistant J.C. Value taking up for the ultimate two regular-season video games and the New Period Pinstripe Bowl.

Because it was, the Cavaliers employed Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and the Hokies agreed to phrases with Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry.

After seven video games this yr, Virginia is 3-7 total and Tech is 2-8. They’re each 1-6 in convention play and are tied for final within the ACC’s Coastal Division, two video games behind Georgia Tech.

Each groups have been clobbered by Duke and its first-year head coach, Mike Elko, who was the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M from 2018-21.

Earlier than that, Elko had been the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Richmond.

When Duke confronted the 2 Virginia groups within the ACC earlier this season, the Blue Devils routed UVa 38-17 and beat Virginia Tech 24-7.

Duke additionally beat Miami 45-21 at Miami. Hmmm.

Who is aware of if Tech or UVa gave any consideration to Elko?

Comparisons

Within the Sagarin pc rankings printed by USA Right this moment, Duke’s soccer workforce is 53rd, Virginia’s is 92nd and Virginia Tech is 104th. This Saturday in Blacksburg, the Hokies go to Liberty, which is 8-2 and is rated 78th.

Liberty attracted nationwide consideration earlier this season with a 21-19 victory over Southeastern Convention member Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. The Flames are 9 1/2-point favorites over the Hokies this Saturday in Lynchburg.

Recruiting

Soccer recruiting has not gone properly for both Virginia Tech, whose 2023 class is rated forty fifth nationally by rivals.com, or Virginia, which is 67th. Liberty is 72nd. Duke, which is perennially behind Tech and UVa in soccer recruiting, is twenty seventh in that class.

Of the highest 25 prospects in Virginia as rated by rivals.com, Virginia Tech has three commitments and UVa and Liberty have one apiece. North Carolina and Penn State every have 5.

On the brink

VMI senior Leroy Thomas, a large receiver from Patrick Henry Excessive College in Roanoke, had 5 receptions Saturday towards Wofford, which lifted him into third place on the Keydets’ all-time receptions mark. His 32 catches this season have given him 166 for his profession.

Former UVa coach Bronco Mendenhall

“The phrases popping out of my mouth weren’t even making sense,” Mendenhall advised ESPN reporter David Hale after the shootings that resulted within the dying of three UVa gamers and the hospitalization of two others this previous Sunday.

“It’s as if I’ve misplaced three of my very own sons and, not having the ability to console — or be there to console and nurture and be doing that– I’m hurting.” 

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