Saturday, December 11, 2010

Virginia Tech Men's Basketball Roundball Club Social Tomorrow (Penn State Game)

Social is on after the Virginia Tech men's basketball game!!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ann Cassell
Date: Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 8:32 PM
Subject: Reminder: Roundball Club Social tomorrow!

Hi everyone,
Just a reminder that we'll be having a Roundball Club social tomorrow following the Penn State game. We'll have PK's pizza and the players and coaches will join us in the Bowman Room as soon as their media responsibilities are over. We're also keeping a close eye on the weather in the event the storm that is forecast for tomorrow takes a turn for the worse. If there are any changes to our plans, an announcement will be sent by email and also announced at the game, but for now, it looks like everything will be fine to have the social as planned.
So, join us tomorrow to celebrate after the game! Maybe we can even convince the team to take all of us to Atlantis with them...I think a Roundball Club social in the Bahamas might be just what we all need!
At any rate, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow afternoon...and remember...
It's a GREAT day to be a HOKIE!
Ann Cassell
Roundball Club President

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia - ACC Men's Basketball - STUDENTS FREE!!!

Dear Virginia Tech Students:

My prayers were answered today... Virginia Tech takes on Virginia today in the first Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball game today... AND GUESS WHAT... YOU GET IN FREE!!!

Here's the quote from his latest tweet on Twitter:
Students ALL IN! All students in for free for 6 pm game vs the HOOs. We need your support! Rock the Cassell!

Get to the stadium please!!!! Retweet this blog post on twitter, e-mail or text it to people, talk to people in the coffee shops, bars, and at lunch, knock on doors... do whatever you can!! GAME TIME IS 6 PM TONIGHT... DOORS OPEN AT 4:30 PM. Pack the Cassell!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 2010 - Roundball Club Update

Hey Hokies.. here's the latest updated from the Roundball Club (directly from Ann Cassell)!!!

Dear Roundball Club:

The wait is over! Basketball season - and another great year of Roundball Club functions - starts tomorrow!

We will be having a social to kick off the season following the Campbell game tomorrow night in the Bowman Room. This is a great opportunity to bring guests and potential new members and introduce them to the Roundball Club. Please plan to join us and support the team and coaches as we kick off the exciting season ahead!

By now, you should have received a membership renewal form as part of your season ticket mailing. If you did not receive it, you are part of a small portion of season ticket holders whose forms were inadvertently left out of the mailing. A copy of this year's form is available on our web site at . Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about the renewal process!

Additionally, I wanted to pass along a few announcements regarding away games:

*Tickets are available to the game at UNC-Greensboro on Sunday, November 21st (tipoff at 1 pm). Hokies will be gathering at J. Butler's Restaurant in the Doubletree Hotel at 10:30 am on game day. A number of VT fans are planning to be at the game, so please join us!
Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster here:

*Tickets are available to the UVa game in Charlottesville on Saturday, February 19th (tipoff at 1 pm) through the UVa ticket office. Purchase tickets through the UVa online ticket office here:

*Great packages are still available for the team's trip to the Bahamas as part of the inaugural Battle at Atlantis in December. Visit for more information. It's not too late to plan your trip!

The basketball program's theme for this season is "I'm in. All in." Listed below you will find our Roundball Club social schedule for the upcoming year. I know you all join me in looking forward to the many opportunities we have ahead of us to demonstrate that the Roundball Club is truly ALL IN!

Hope to see you tomorrow night!

Ann Cassell
Roundball Club President

2010-2011 Roundball Club Social Schedule
November 12 Campbell

December 5 Virginia

December 12 Penn State

January 2 Mount St. Mary’s

January 8 Florida State

January 15 Wake Forest

January 22 Longwood

January 30 Miami

February 26 Pregame: ESPN’s College GAMEDAY! (No postgame social)

March 1 Boston College (Senior Night)

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 2010 - Roundball Club Update from Seth Greenberg

Hey Hokies... it's been a while since I've posted... here's the October 2010 Roundball Club Update from Seth Greenberg... look out below:

Dear Roundball Club,

We are just a week away from the start of practice. Our staff has been
busy on the road recruiting and doing individual and team workouts. Although we
have been hit with injuries, I am excited about the prospects for the coming
year. Our starting unit is intact and I am confident one of our underclassmen
will step up and give us the depth needed to compete in the best conference in
college basketball.

Raines Update: Cadarian Raines had shock therapy on his foot on Monday
and Dr. Anderson is optimistic it will assist in the healing process. I am
anticipating holding him out till October 25th which would give him 15 days of
practice prior to opening game vs Campbell.

Late Night: Come join us for Late Night with the Hokies, October 15th.
The festivities will begin following our volleyball contest. (Our volleyball
team is playing at a high level and play a fastbreak style of game that is fun
to watch). Let’s rock the Cassell for the start of the season.

All Access Clinic: Get an insiders look into college basketball by
attending our All Access Clinic October 22-23. The clinic will begin on Friday
evening. After Saturday’s session, join our players and staff for a tailgate
prior to the football game vs Duke. The cost of the clinic is $40.00 and
includes a clipboard, T-Shirt and lunch. To reserve a spot, return the attached
form or call our office at 540-231-6275.

Tip Off Banquet: Doug Gottlieb will be the featured speaker at this
year’s National Bank of Blacksburg Tip Off Banquet on October 24th. He has
developed into one of ESPN’s featured analyst and is never short on a story or
opinion. Doug was a huge supporter of ours as the field for the NCAA Tournament
was selected. For further information on the banquet or the clinic, call our
office at 540-231-6275.

Thank you once again for your support of our basketball program. Your passion and commitment is no doubt making a difference. See you at the Cassell!


Seth Greenberg
Head Basketball Coach

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thoughts on the Boise State and James Madison University Games

I've had a chance to think about the Virginia Tech football games over the last week. One week ago, today, we were ranked #6 in the Coaches Poll and #10 in the Associated Press Poll. Since that time, we've had two devastating losses, but I have no doubt that this team can come back. That said, here are my thoughts:

1.) Tyrod Taylor is a one man show... he is the man that has come to play this year. He is awesome. There is a reason that he is playing... which alludes to #2...

2.) We need major improvement in the offensive line play (I do think that the coaches will look at the tape and make adjustments in the schemes). Stinespring is right that we need more depth on the offensive line (missing out on a few recruits has hurt the offensive line play). My understanding is that Ryan Williams said in today's press conference that the holes just aren't their for him to run through.

3.) Our offensive play calling needs to improve, but I won't talk more about that. People are already doing that enough and they don't need to hear from me (those guys run a great blog).

4.) Our tackling also needs to improve. We need our players to go back to defensive fundamentals (get back to the basics). We clearly miss Cody Grimm and others. I trust in Bud here. This will get fixed.

5.) I actually miss Brandon Pace... I have major concerns about the kicking game... but, again, I think this can get fixed.

6.) We cemented ourselves in history with Michigan... the only ranked teams to lose to NCAA Division 1-AA opponents. We will be on ESPN, ESPNU, and ESPN Classic for the rest of our lives. We just have to look at this as an experience that we can learn from and move on. There are many Hokies fans that, quite frankly, don't have an understanding of what it is like to lose a tough game (or games). The Hokies have not lost to an NCAA Division 1-AA football team since 1985. My of my followers on Twitter (I'm @HokieGuru there) either were not born when this last happened or were very young. Let me tell you, folks, I'm old enough to remember the loss to William and Mary (that should tell you something about my age, although I was really young then). So, in some sense, there may be a generational issue when it comes to Virginia Tech football... but this leads me to #7 (something every generation can agree on)...

7.) I'm with my team in good and bad times. I'm a Virgina Tech Alumni and fan. Even after these losses, I wear my Virginia Tech gear the next day (and every day... 90% of my wardrobe is Virginia Tech related). I love my school. And I still have hope for the rest of the season. I'm all in with these guys.

I am hearing that there are some angry fans out there who are looking to boycott the team. I beg you not to do this. I also beg you not to stop your donations to the Hokie Club (which I've heard that some are doing). The Hokie Club is Virginia Tech's athletic fund raising operation. Less a few administrative expenses, the operation funds athletic scholarships, pays for facilities, the coaches salaries, and travel costs. No state funding goes towards athletics at Virginia Tech. So your funds go to all sports at Virginia Tech and we don't want to hurt other athletes (or any athletes). For many, the scholarship is their only opportunity to go to school.

Now is when this team needs us. So, UT Prosim!! GO HOKIES!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

2010-2011 Virginia Tech Men's Basketball Schedule... What We Know So Far...

Greetings, Hokies!! The weekend is almost over in the DMV... finally, a few days without massive humidity... sure, it was in the 90's, but it was bearable... you can feel that cool breeze in the evening... you listen to the sound of the crickets... and you can feel that autumn (and that must mean that Virginia Tech football) is in the air :)

But I'm not here to talk football... the Hokie Guru is here to talk men's basketball. Specifically, the 2010-2011 season... here's what we know about the schedule so far:

1.) On November 16, 2010, Virginia Tech will take on Kansas State University in ESPN's 24 hour college basketball marathon. You can see more about that here. The game is at 4 PM EST. A big game for the Hokies, which will match two really great backcourts... I'm a homer for Malcolm Delaney and Dorenzo Hudson, of course.

2.) From November 25 - 28, 2010, Virginia Tech will take part in the 76 Classic in Anahiem, CA. The Hokies take on Cal State-Northridge in the first game on November 25 at 2 PM EST. Other teams that are part of the tournment are DePaul, Murray State, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, UNLV, and Stanford. This is a three day tourney with a bracket type format, so the Hokies should get a few good games here in Cali... would be cool if we took on mid-major Murray State... or Mountain West Conference foe UNLV... or our BCS brethren in Stanford or Oklahoma State. This tournament will help us get a chance to improve the non-conference schedule.

3.) On December 1, 2010, Virginia Tech will take on Purdue in the Atlantic Coast Conference - Big 10 Challenge. The game will be at 7:30 PM EST on ESPN. This is a big game for the Hokies because Purdue is rated in the top five in many preseason college basketball polls.

4.) [August 25, 2010 Edit] On December 12, 2010, Virginia Tech will take on Penn State in the Cassell.

4.) On December 18, 2010, Virginia Tech will take on Mississippi State IN THE BAHAMAS.

5.) Today, we heard on Twitter that Virginia Tech will play Virginia at home IN THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER. GREAT NEWS FOR HOKIE FANS.

If you can't tell, the Hokie Guru is pretty fired up :) GO HOKIES!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

August 2010 - Roundball Club Update from Coach Seth Greenberg

Below you will see the most recent Roundball Club update from Coach Seth Greenberg.

Dear Roundball Club,

It is hard to believe that the summer has come to an end and we are preparing for our player’s return to campus. The summer has been productive for our team. They have approached their school work, conditioning and skill development with intensity and a purpose. Our freshmen have made the transition to college life and are learning to work. They are both talented and have great attitudes.

James Johnson has done a superb job setting the tone for our staff. His energy, personality and ownership in our program has made a huge difference over the past three years.

We are finishing up our last week of camp. Dennis Wolff assumed the role of our camp director as well as assistant to the head coach and has used his time on campus to get to know our players.

Adrian Autry’s new position as full time assistant coach has enabled him to be on the road. He has a tremendous work ethic and is an outstanding evaluator. I have no doubt he will do a terrific job for our program.

John Richardson is getting acclimated to our program. He is working hard and will be moving his family to Blacksburg this August. John is a high energy person with a wealth of experience at every level. His network is solid and his relationships strong!

As many of you are aware, Allan Chaney has had another episode and he will be seeing a specialist August 16th. We are still optimistic about Allan‘s eventual return but there is no timetable as we are dealing with a viral infection. Dave Dietter, our trainer, has done a great job with our medical staff and the doctors at UVA Medical Center. I sincerely appreciate his commitment to our players’ well-being.

I could not be more pleased with the work of Dave Jackson. He is a true Hokie. His love for everything Virginia Tech makes him the perfect fit for our program. He connects with our players and they believe in him.

I am looking to secure a date for our Welcome Back get together. I will send the details in my next letter. Enjoy the remainder of the summer!


Seth Greenberg


October 13 Richmond Tip Off Banquet

October 15 Late Night With The Hokies

October 24 National Bank of Blacksburg Tip Off Dinner