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December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA faces a Virginia Tech defense in the Hyundai Sun Bowl that is weakened by injuries. The Hokies will be without cornerback Kyle Fuller, who had surgery for a core muscle injury. Cornerback Antone Exum is doubtful because of an ankle injury. That leaves freshmen Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson as starters. They aren't the type you can pick on. Fuller has a team-high six interceptions. They benefit from what the Hokies have up front. “A lot of what they're able to do in the secondary is a product of their pass rush,” UCLA Coach Jim Mora said.
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December 31, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - That, as the folks in the industry say, is a wrap. UCLA labored, even struggled at times, but in the end the Bruins had a glitzy Hollywood ending for the 2013 season. Quarterback Brett Hundley dipped and dodged on the field and off, leaving defenders in his wake along with the idea that he just might hop, skip and jump into the NFL draft. Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt appeared to be auditioning for the lead in the next Incredible Hulk movie. Zumwalt Smash? Linebacker Myles Jack scored another touchdown, this time while playing defense.
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March 30, 2012 | By Richard Simon
Virginia Tech did not violate federal law in its email response time that notified students of a campus rampage that left 33 people dead, the worst mass shooting by a gunman in U.S. history, a judge ruled Friday. The Department of Education had fined the university $55,000 for waiting more than two hours after the first round of gunfire to send out an email warning students, teachers and others to take cover. But the department's chief administrative judge, Ernest C. Canellos, found that the university did not violate a law requiring timely warnings of safety threats and overturned the fine.
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December 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The holiday season has rarely been a joyful time for UCLA. The Bruins have won in only four of their last 14 bowl appearances heading into Tuesday's game against Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: What's my line? It's far from a hot-topic item, and it's guaranteed not to trend on the Internet: UCLA's success on offense hinges on the play of its line. Will it be an Arizona State-like game, when quarterback Brett Hundley was sacked nine times?
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September 1, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Education Secretary Arne Duncan has reinstated a $27,500 fine against Virginia Tech, finding that the university failed to provide a timely warning to the campus community in the 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead. Duncan reversed a ruling by the department's chief administrative judge, who earlier this year overturned the fine after concluding that the university did not violate a federal law requiring timely warnings of safety threats. A federal court appeal is a "strong possibility," a university spokesman said.
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September 13, 2009 | Associated Press
at No. 14 Virginia Tech 52, Marshall 10: Ryan Williams ran for 164 yards against the Thundering Herd (1-1) as the Hokies (1-1) more than tripled their offensive production from their first game. No. 16 Texas Christian 30, at Virginia 14: The Horned Frogs (1-0) held the Cavaliers (0-2) to seven first downs while breezing to the win. Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell was sacked eight times. at Maryland 38, James Madison 35 (OT): Nick Ferrara kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, giving the Terrapins (1-1)
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October 31, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- Virginia Tech cannot be held liable for failing to warn the campus and its student body that a crazed gunman was on the loose, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday, throwing out a jury's wrongful-death verdict in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The state justices said university officials have a legal duty to alert the student body only when they have reason to suspect a campus-wide danger. And the mass shooting that occurred on April 16, 2007, in which a gunman killed 32 and then himself, could not have been “reasonably foreseen” in time to warn the campus, the justices said.
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September 27, 2009 | Associated Press
. -- Jacory Harris planned to play it cool against Virginia Tech. The 11th-ranked Hokies blew up that plan in about five minutes, harassing the Hurricanes' quarterback into early mistakes and dominating No. 9 Miami, 31-7, in a downpour on Saturday. Afterward, the player getting the hype took the heat. "I take all the blame for what happened tonight," Harris said. But the Hokies deserved the credit for making it happen, putting pressure on the heralded sophomore that he hadn't seen in his first two games and causing him to make crucial mistakes, including a fumble that led to a touchdown after his fifth snap.
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October 4, 2009 | Associated Press
No. 6 Virginia Tech 34, at Duke 26: Tyrod Taylor threw two long touchdown passes and the Hokies (4-1, 2-0) dodged a letdown and beat the Blue Devils (2-3, 0-1). Taylor was 17 for 22 for a career-high 327 yards. at Wake Forest 30, North Carolina State 24: Riley Skinner threw three touchdown passes to become Wake Forest's career leader, the defense ended Russell Wilson's NCAA record streak by intercepting him twice, and the Demon Deacons (3-2, 0-1) beat the Wolfpack (3-2, 0-1)
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July 23, 2009 | Associated Press
The Virginia Tech gunman's missing mental health records have been found at the home of a former university counseling official more than two years after the bloodbath. The belated emergence of Seung-hui Cho's file, a development disclosed in a memo obtained Wednesday by the Associated Press, represents another embarrassing lapse in the case and raises questions about how such evidence could be lost for so long.
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December 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - The last day of 2013, the first step toward 2014. UCLA will play its final football game of the season Tuesday when the No. 17 Bruins meet Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. But the game can be viewed as more of a beginning than an end for UCLA, which is seeking its first 10-win season since 2005. "We really look at the bowl game as the first game of next season," said Jake Brendel, UCLA's sophomore center. "Being able to go out there and perform well, that will spring us into 2014.
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December 29, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Sunday was news conference day for UCLA's and Virginia Tech's offensive and defensive coordinators, as the two teams prepare for the Hyundai Sun Bowl. That meant one thing: You're on, Mr. Mazzone. Noel Mazzone, UCLA's offensive coordinator, took this as an open mike night. On playing in El Paso, Mazzone hearkened back to his days as a New Mexico quarterback. “Actually, it's kind of nice. I feel like I'm home because there's a Whataburger on every corner.” On grading the Bruins' young offensive line, he said, “B-minus … C-plus.
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December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - UCLA All-American linebacker Anthony Barr has a different idea of "fun. " This week that describes going up against Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas , a 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Tuesday. Asked whether he ever had to tackle someone so big, Barr said, "I don't think so, but it'll be fun. " The Bruins are hoping Barr has a rollicking good time. Thomas is the key to the Hokies' offense, UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos said, much in the same way that quarterback Brett Hundley makes the Bruins' offense tick.
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December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA faces a Virginia Tech defense in the Hyundai Sun Bowl that is weakened by injuries. The Hokies will be without cornerback Kyle Fuller, who had surgery for a core muscle injury. Cornerback Antone Exum is doubtful because of an ankle injury. That leaves freshmen Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson as starters. They aren't the type you can pick on. Fuller has a team-high six interceptions. They benefit from what the Hokies have up front. “A lot of what they're able to do in the secondary is a product of their pass rush,” UCLA Coach Jim Mora said.
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December 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - Usually, losing your leading tackler would cause some consternation. But UCLA linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich has a carefree attitude these days. The Bruins will be without linebacker Eric Kendricks , who had right ankle surgery last week, when they play Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Tuesday. Few seek out ballcarriers better than Kendricks, who has led the team in tackles the last two seasons. Into that breach goes freshman Isaako Savaiinaea , who seems to have a calming effect on Ulbrich.
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December 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA wrapped the first week of its preparation for the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Saturday, going through a mock game that Coach Jim Mora hoped would keep the Bruins focused. A year ago, UCLA came out flat against Baylor in the Holiday Bowl and was blown out, 49-26. Mora vowed to change the team's approach heading into the game against Virginia Tech on Dec. 31. The Bruins scrimmaged for about an hour, though it was not full contact. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks "I thought it was awesome," Mora said.
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January 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Jamon Gordon's basket with 31 seconds left in overtime gave Virginia Tech the lead, and Deron Washington blocked Greg Paulus' three-point shot as time expired to give the Hokies a 69-67 victory over No. 5 Duke on Saturday. The Hokies (11-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed, 67-66, when they called a timeout with 43 seconds left. They worked the ball to Gordon, who gave the Hokies a 68-67 lead. After Duke's David McClure missed an 18-foot shot, the Blue Devils (13-2, 0-1) fouled A.D.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- Virginia Tech cannot be held liable for failing to warn the campus and its student body that a crazed gunman was on the loose, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday, throwing out a jury's wrongful-death verdict in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The state justices said university officials have a legal duty to alert the student body only when they have reason to suspect a campus-wide danger. And the mass shooting that occurred on April 16, 2007, in which a gunman killed 32 and then himself, could not have been “reasonably foreseen” in time to warn the campus, the justices said.
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