After Virginia Tech committed six personal fouls during last Thursday's 34-20 victory over Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer yesterday said that any future after-the-whistle penalties would have the offending player running 100-yard sprints at 6 a.m. the next Wednesday for every yard the penalty cost the Hokies. Thus, a 15-yarder would be 15 straight 100-yard dashes.
Who will oversee the early-morning punishment? Beamer.
"We need to get this under control," he said. . . .
Tech is investigating a report in the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record that strength and conditioning coach Mike Gentry helped two players acquire the legal nutritional supplement creatine at a discount during the 2003-04 academic year. In August 2001, the NCAA stopped schools from distributing creatine. If the charges prove to be correct, Gentry would have violated the NCAA's extra-benefits provision.
"It would be a secondary violation, if there is a violation," Athletic Director Jim Weaver said. "We may have missed an interpretation of the new NCAA legislation. If we have any violation . . . I can assure you it was not intentional." . . .
Backup cornerback Roland Minor (H.D. Woodson) was named ACC defensive back of the week for two late-game interceptions against Georgia Tech. . . .
Quarterback Bryan Randall was awarded one of 15 post-graduate scholarships valued at $18,000 each by the National Football Foundation. Randall is in grad school, taking 12 credits this semester toward a master's degree in health promotions. He earned a degree in sociology in three years and twice made the dean's list.
On the field, Randall has started the past 33 games, holds the school record for total offense with 6,989 yards and is closing in on several other school records. "He is the most respected player I have ever coached," Beamer said.
-- Ken Denlinger