PINEHURST, N.C. - After a strong run that fell a little short of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, Virginia Tech looks ready to get back there once again.
The Hokies were the clear preseason favorite to win the ACC title in voting by media members at the league's annual preseason media days, while Florida State was picked to bounce back from a shaky season and win the league's Atlantic Division title.
In voting results released Monday, the Hokies were the runaway choice to win the Coastal Division and earned 69 of 83 possible votes to win the league championship game
In the Coastal Division, Georgia Tech was picked second with four first-place votes, followed by Miami, Virginia, North Carolina and Duke. In the Atlantic, Boston College was second with 25 first-place votes, followed by Clemson, Wake Forest, Maryland and North Carolina State.
VICK'S TROUBLES: While most of the focus was on this year's team, Hokies coach Frank Beamer also found himself answering questions about one of his most famous former players: Michael Vick.
The former Hokies quarterback was recently indicted on federal charges of sponsoring a dogfighting operation in which losing dogs either died in the pit or sometimes were executed. Beamer said he would wait for the case to be resolved before saying much on Vick's troubles.
"I know Michael Vick is a very caring, very concerned and very good person," Beamer said.