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This and That

Our weekly live chat is over. I spent an extra hour answering questions -- including the most popular: Are the Canes wearing all-black uniforms Thursday night. Feel free to check out the chat transcript. I might have answered your question.

Aside from that, just some quick news to pass along...
> As expected, starting left tackle Jason Fox has been listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against Virginia Tech. His streak will end at 21 consecutive starts and he'll be replaced by Reggie Youngblood. Chris Rutledge has started the last five games at right tackle. Seldom-used junior Matt Pipho will be in the rotation along with Tyrone Byrd. Look for the Hokies to bring the heat from the corners this week on Robert Marve and Jacory Harris.

> As for the other injuries: receiver Leonard Hankerson (leg) and running back Shawnbrey McNeal (illness) are the only other guys exepcted out.

Robert_marve> I asked Marve and Harris Monday night for their takes on Virginia Tech's defense. Unlike many of their opponents who have thrown different looks at them, Marve and Harris feel confident they know what to expect from the Hokies. Marve compared it to Florida State's; Harris to Florida's.

"They have very good schemes," Marve said. "They have a lot of old guys out there playing, so they understand what they're doing. They're like a Florida State, how physical they are, how fast they are with everything, how they fly around to the ball."

"They don't do anything really complicated. They run one coverage," Harris said. "Their blitzes, you see blitzes everywhere. They're always the same thing - send one more than you can block. They like to drop people, and when they blitz they blitz everybody. We have to have a good running game to open up the pass."

> Both quarterbacks by the way appear to be trying to grow beards -- just for the heck of it. Jacory said he's going for a Rick Ross look. Marve said he just hasn't had time to shave. But I think there's more to the story. Running back Graig Cooper is growing a beard too. Maybe they're tired of being called the Baby Canes.

> Frank Haith's 17th-ranked basketball team (we use Associated Press rankings) will play its season opener Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. against Florida Southern. Don't expect point guard Lance Hurdle to be in the starting lineup. Hurdle's ankle still isn't good enough for him to play from what I've heard. By the way, Vegas doesn't believe in the Canes. BetOnline.com has tabbed UM as 100 to 1 long-shots of winning the national title this year -- the longest odds of any team in the Top 25.

> For those of you baseball fanatics who can't get enough -- Jim Morris' baseball team will have several intrasquad scrimmages later this week in its Second Annual Orange-Green Fall World Series at Mark Light Field. The best-of-three intrasquad scrimmage series begins Wednesday, Nov. 12, followed by game two on Friday and a possible third game on Monday.

Games will be played during the team’s normal practice time, with first pitches expected around 3 p.m. each afternoon. Admission is free to the public. The Orange team will be led by junior Ryan Jackson, sophomore Yasmani Grandal and senior Dave DiNatale while juniors Jason Hagerty, Jonathan Weislow and Kyle Bellamy headline the Green team.