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Five and a half years ago Virgina Tech dealt with the deadliest school shooting in history when 32 lives were taken. Just over two weeks ago 26 victims were killed at Shady Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. “It’s just one of those things that we’ve been through what those people up in Sandy Hook are going through,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “We prevailed in Blacksburg. I think if anything, it brought us closer and more determined, and the same thing is going to happen there. The way the community is coming together. It’s a terrible thing to happen.” To honor the lives lost due to these tragedies Virginia Tech will wear a special ribbon on their helmets for the Russell Athletic Bowl. The game will take place on Friday against Rutgers. The ribbon worn on game day will be slightly smaller.

VT CB's awesome Christmas gesture

A Virginia Tech player decided to spend his bowl game gift on some young kids he just met in a store to give them a nice Christmas. TV: Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer speaks with media at the official Russell Athletic Bowl press conference. Beamer discussed the similarities between Rutgers and the Hokies, saying both are based on recruiting the right kinds of kids and working hard.

VT to honor shooting victims with decal

Virginia Tech is planning to honor the shooting victims in Newtown and from the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings with a helmet decal.

Hokies to honor CT shooting victims with decal

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Virginia Tech won't be thinking only about football when the Hokies take the field during the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday. The team will also have the victims of the mass shooting in Connecticut in mind, by honoring them with a special helmet decal. Hokies players will wear the decal on the side of their helmets this week during practice in place of...

Virginia Tech player Antone Exum uses bowl swag to buy Christmas gifts for kids

Virginia Tech player Antone Exum uses bowl swag to buy Christmas gifts for kids

Virginia Tech Honors Sandy Hook Victims

Virginia Tech knows what its like to live through unspeakable tragedy, but they also know what it's like to respond to the horror with inspiring resilience and an undaunted sense of community. The Hokies will aim to inspire the people of Newtown, Connecticut to stand together with the same strength when they take the field in the Russell Athletic Bowl tomorrow night, wearing...

Virginia Tech to honor Newtown in bowl game

Tweet   On Friday, the Virginia Tech Hokies football team will take the field in Orlando, Florida for the Russell Athletic Bowl against Rutgers. The Hokies will not have the traditional “VT” on the side of their helmets, though. Instead, the helmets will feature an orange and green ribbon to honor the victims of the [...]

Christmas giving by Duke and Virginia Tech players

Stories like this don't get enough attention so it feels like the perfect time to share a great story revolving players from two ACC schools.  Here's a great story from StarNewsOnline on a couple of Duke and Virginia Tech players with some Christmas Spirit.  Merry Christmas everyone! This article was originally published at If you are...

Rutgers Pep Rally

ORLANDO -- Rutgers plays Virginia Tech in Friday's Russell Athletic Bowl, but the final public appearance before the game came at Thursday's pep rally, and was there to bring it to those fans who could not make it. TV: Flood's Pre-Bowl Press Conference

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Speaking to local media before the pre-game luncheon, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood touched on a variety of topics in his Russell Athletic Bowl press conference. Flood discusses his respect for Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, the importance of ending the season with a win and more.
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