Virginia Tech’s trip to the Old Dominion on Friday is getting worse.
After the Hokies lost 20-17 on Brent Pry’s debut as head coach, the players returned to the visiting locker room to find items stolen from their lockers during the match.
Eric Komah, a former Virginia Tech player, tweeted a reference to the theft shortly after midnight Saturday, and the school responded Sunday, saying police were investigating.
“Virginia Tech’s athletics department has confirmed missing items from the Virginia Tech locker room following the football game against Old Dominion in Norfolk on Friday night,” the statement read. “The university is working with law enforcement and Old Dominion University on this matter, and will have no further comment.”
The Hokies’ journey to the Old Dominion was a comedy of errors. ODU led 10-7 in the half, and the Virginia Tech coaches were late to return for the second inning after they got stuck in a malfunctioning lift.
When the match resumed, the Hokies fared even better, as they rose to a 17-13 lead in the final three minutes of excitement. But Hokies quarterback Grant Wells He threw his third interception of the day with 2:58 left, and the Kings walked 59 yards to get the green light.
Virginia Tech beat Old Dominion by 95 yards and experienced 20 first touchdowns to 13 points in the ODU, but five turnovers from the Hokies led to the Monarchs’ surprise win.
“They wanted to make plays, they wanted to play hard, but I definitely think they pushed and were sloppy,” Bray said. “You want to make people earn it, and we didn’t.”
This was the second embarrassing loss for ODU Hockey, who also lost 49-35 there in 2018.
Virginia Tech is scheduled to play at the Old Dominion in 2024, 2027, 2029 and 2031.
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