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Virginia Tech headed to Pinstripe Bowl to play Maryland

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Virginia’s Keytaon Thompson (99) is tackled by Virginia Tech defensive lineman TyJuan Garbutt (45) in the first half of the Virginia Tech Virginia football game in Charlottesville Saturday November 27 2021.

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech will play in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 29 against Maryland at Yankee Stadium.

It will be the Hokies first appearance in the bowl that held its inaugural matchup in 2010. The ACC along with the Big Ten agreed to partner with the Pinstripe Bowl in 2014. The game was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Tech qualified for the bowl by beating Virginia 29-24 in the season finale with interim coach J.C. Price leading the team to finish the regular season at 6-6.

The Hokies hired former Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry last week, but his focus will be on filling his staff and recruiting while Price and the team’s previous staff coach the bowl.

Tech athletics director Whit Babcock thanked the group for working with the players “through difficult times” during the press conference announcing Pry’s hire.

“They’re in uncertain times, they’re people, their family is behind them and the professionalism they’ve showed to invest in these young people,” Babcock said. “I certainly want to tip my cap to that.”

This will be the first postseason game for Virginia Tech since the team’s streak of 27 bowl appearances ended last year. The Hokies could have pursued a bowl at 5-6 last year since the traditional bowl-eligibility requirements were waived for the pandemic.

Tech players met after the season and voted against playing in one.

Tech was 1-3 in bowl games under Fuente with the lone win coming in the 2016 Belk Bowl over Arkansas. The Hokies lost the 2017 Camping World Bowl to Oklahoma State, the 2018 Military Bowl to Cincinnati and the 2019 Belk Bowl to Kentucky.

Note: Tech announced the hiring of Shawn Quinn and Derek Jones as the newest members of the coaching staff. Their specific positions will be determined at a later date.

Quinn resigned as head coach of Savannah State University last week. He had been with the school since 2019 and coached the Division II team to its first winning record since 1998 in his first season. He had an overall record of 15-5 in the two seasons he was with the school.

Quinn, a Carson-Newman alumnus, has more than two decades of experience coaching defense with much of that time spent as a linebackers or defensive line coach. He was on Pry’s defensive staff at Georgia Southern in 2010.

Pry also has a history with Jones having spent the 2007 together on the staff at Memphis. Jones spent the last two seasons as the associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Texas Tech.

That leaves seven on-field positions for Pry to fill with Price staying on the staff as an assistant head coach and defensive coach.

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