The Maroon and Orange

What's a Hokie? It's a fair question, since the word isn't a real thing that exists outside of Virginia Tech. However, the Hokies are known throughout the country now thanks to the elite athletics program of Virginia Tech. Known mostly as a football program, VT wasn't even that before the arrival of head coach Frank Beamer. Coach Beamer previously played in the program but rose to prominence, and brought the university with him, with his coaching.

Beamer Ball became a nationwide phenomenon. Beamer-coached teams became known around the land as fearsome turnover machines who thrived on special teams, blocking kicks and scoring in the third phase of the game. With that skill, the Hokies began to win, culminating in a trip to the NCAA national championship game in 1999 against Florida State. Though the Hokies have yet to capture a national title, they have won numerous conference championships, both in their old home of the Big East and their current residence in the ACC.

Outside of success in smaller sports, such as wrestling and gold, VT was nationally known for nothing but that football program. But in recent years, Virginia Tech is growing as a basketball program as well. Buzz Williams, newly arriving on campus three years ago, is instilling a toughness and talent level in men's basketball that hadn't previously existed. Under previous coaches like Seth Greenberg, a trip to the NCAA Tournament was the ultimate goal. Now, the team expects to reach that benchmark and hopes for more. Williams' enthusiasm, recruiting acumen, and bench demeanor have brought a spark to basketball that football became familiar with.

In Blacksburg, Virginia, the locals and the students alike live and die with Virginia Tech sports. It is a town that has become the school, which breeds fans for life, both in terms of alumni and those who live in the area year round. The maroon and orange of Virginia Tech stand out, and that's the way Hokies like it.