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VT recruit Harrell granted scholarship release

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VT recruit Harrell granted scholarship release

The butterfly effect continues in Blacksburg.Virginia Tech released highly regarded basketball recruit Montrezl Harrell from his scholarship on Wednesday, several outlets have reported.Harrell, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed with the Hokies last November and was the top member of the incoming class recruited by former coach Seth Greenberg. The school replaced Greenberg last month with former assistant James Johnson. The news of Greenberg's dismissal reportedly broke before the school had informed the longtime coach of the change.Since then, last year's top freshman recruit Dorian Fnney-Smith announced his intentions to transfer. Now, the Hokies are losing Harrell, selected as the MVP of last month's Capital Classic, The departure leaves Johnson with only eight scholarship players entering next season, including incoming freshman forward Marshall Wood.Harrell's status among power forwards in the 2012 class rose dramatically during the past year. Reportedly, prominent programs including Kentucky and Louisville began showing interest in thehigh-riser late in the recruiting process. The two Bluegrass schools are said to be on Harrell's short list along with Florida, NC State and Alabama. Virginia Tech has not placed any restrictionsregarding Harrells choice of schools, per the Daily Press.Tech also announced on Wednesday UNC-Wilmington transferAdam Smith will join the program for the 2013-14 campaign. The 6-1 guard averaged 13.7 points per game last season as a freshman.He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next seasonper NCAA transfer rules.Smiths addition helps the long-term outlook for the program, but in terms of the 2012-13 campaign, the Hokies are hurting. Time will tell how much.

Lee Corso picks James Madison, scares a dog on set of College GameDay

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Lee Corso picks James Madison, scares a dog on set of College GameDay

ESPN's College Gameday was in Harrisonburg, Va. on Saturday morning  to visit the reigning FCS National Champion and unbeaten James Madison Dukes (5-0) as they faced off against the Villanova Wildcats (4-2).

The special trip to JMU meant a special edition of the Gameday picks, featuring Lee Corso and his mascot headgear selection.

Not only did Corso have headgear to put on, but the set also had a special guest. 

That poor bulldog was terrified of Corso and wanted to do anything but sit on that desk with him in that mascot head.

It was a very good dog and just got scared. Totally understandable. 12/10 would save from falling off the desk.

Virginia Tech bounces back with 300 yard game by Josh Jackson

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Virginia Tech bounces back with 300 yard game by Josh Jackson

BOSTON -- Josh Jackson threw for 322 yards and a touchdown and No. 16 Virginia Tech bounced back from a loss to defending national champion Clemson to beat Boston College 23-10 on Saturday night.

Sean Savoy had nine catches for 139 yards and a score after No. 1 receiver Cam Phillips went out with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter. Savoy went 53 yards on a slant pattern to open the scoring midway through the first quarter, and the Hokies (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed.

Travon McMillian ran 17 times for 88 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown that gave Virginia Tech a 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter. With 11 points -- three field goals and two extra points -- Joey Slye became the school's career scoring leader.

Anthony Brown completed 13 of 30 passes for 166 yards for BC (2-4, 0-2). He also caught a touchdown pass on a halfback option from former quarterback Jeff Smith to make it 23-10 with 5:38 left in the game.