-If you’re hoping Frank Beamer will tip his hand on any possible staff changes, don’t. “Right now, our attention is on this bowl game,” he said, when asked about it Monday. “That’s where we’re going to put all of our emphasis right now.” Andy has that and more in this story, which focuses on the Hokies trying to finish with a winning record.
-Andy has more news and notes in his blog post here, including this one: As expected, Beamer deferred comment on the arrests of walk-ons Josh Trimble and Brian Rody to athletic director Jim Weaver. With a Jan. 24 preliminary hearing, don’t expect either to be on the bowl trip.
-Your Heisman finalists are Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein. I’m not supposed to reveal who I voted for until after Saturday’s announcement. Not sure if that rule was in place last year; if it was, I broke it.
-Northern Illinois is offering students one free ticket apiece if they want to go to the Orange Bowl.
-Your full bowl sked is here. Biggest day for the ACC is New Year’s Eve, where N.C. State (vs. Vanderbilt), Georgia Tech (vs. Southern Cal) and Clemson (vs. LSU) are all in action.
-Robert Griffin III breaks Cam Newton’s rookie record for rushing yards by a quarterback, ex-Hokie Josh Morgan has a key fumble return for a score, and the Redskins beat the Giants 17-16 on Monday Night Football. Washington (6-6) is a game behind New York (7-5) in the NFC East. Cowboys also are 6-6.
-Rockbridge County guard Andrew Rowsey scored 60 points in Saturday’s 117-87 victory over Stuarts Draft. Robert has more here. He made 24 of 33 shots from the field. I’ve only seen Rowsey play once and he was very impressive. Here is Rockbridge’s schedule if you want to check him out.
-Alex Rodriguez needs a second hip surgery and will be sidelined from 4 to 6 months.
-The Red Sox agree to a three-year deal with power-hitting catcher Mike Napoli.
-Kentucky falls out out of the AP poll from No. 8, completing the biggest one-week drop since the the polls went to 25 teams in 1990.
-As mentioned yesterday, the Hokies were second in the also-receiving-votes category.
NAME THAT TUNE
Drivin’ faster in my car
Falling farther from just what we are
Smoke a cigarette and lie some more
These conversations kill
Falling faster in my car…