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College Notebook: Virginia Schools Linked To NDSU

At some point, the paths of former Virginia Tech quarterback Quincy Patterson and would-be Virginia cornerback Josh "Hollywood" Hayes will cross if they haven't already.

Patterson is transferring from Tech to North Dakota State in Fargo, and Hayes is transferring to UVa from North Dakota State. Patterson is joining a Football Championship Subdivision team and Hayes is joining an FBS program, but in this case, there isn't a huge difference in level of play

North Dakota State won five straight FCS national championships from 2011 through 2015 and has 16 titles spread over a variety of college football levels.

"This isn't the last experience we've had with someone leaving or coming," North Dakota State coach Matt Entz told Inforum, the newspaper that services Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota.

Entz met with Hayes earlier this week, according to Inforum, and accepted Hayes' plans to return to his home in the Lakeland, Fla., area, where he has a daughter, according to an Entz interview with KVRR TV.

"He sees other guys in our league opting out right now and getting offers from power five ]schools]," Entz said. "I’ll tell you what, I think Josh is the best corner in the league, so you take it for what it’s worth."

On the flip side, Entz will be getting a quarterback with an FBS background in Patterson, who played in 10 games over two seasons at Virginia Tech. Patterson was rated the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the country when he signed with the Hokies in 2018.

“I spent time watching [North Dakota State]  play before I even entered the portal," Patterson was quoted by KVRR, " and one thing that really stood out to me is just they’re a pro team.

"That's one thing that will help anybody with NFL [aspirations], rather you’re a quarterback [who can play] a different position,” Patterson said. "You know, it was kind of a relatively easy decision for me to make.”

More From The Portal

One of the more interesting basketball names in the NCAA Transfer Portal is Jimmy Boeheim, heading to Syracuse after averaging 16.7 points as a junior at Cornell in 2019-2020.

Cornell's 2020-21 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Boeheim elected to play out his career under his father and namesake, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Also, he will join his brother, Buddy, who averaged a team-high 17.8 points in this past season as a junior.

Multi-Talented

Jalen Buster, named Class 3A basketball player of the year when Roanoke's Cave Spring High School won the state co-championship in 2020, is concentrating on baseball as a freshman at Radford. He has played in 31 of 33 games for the Highlanders (18-5) and has started 30 games as a second baseman.

More Baseball

Before Tuesday, Liberty's baseball team had won 70 games in a row when leading after the sixth inning. That streak ended when host UVa rallied for a 6-5 victory in Charlottesville, lifting the Cavaliers' record to 20-19 overall (11-16 in the ACC) going into a weekend series at Virginia Tech (22-15, 15-12).

Rankings

Perfect Game has nine ACC programs ranked among college baseball's 2021 baseball recruiting classes, led by Louisville at No. 7, Florida State at No. 8, Clemson at No. 9 and Virginia at No. 12. Virginia Tech's class is ranked 10th in the ACC and 31st overall.

One of Virginia's top recruits, right-handed pitcher Jay Woolfolk from Benedictine in Richmond, is also rated among UVa's top-rated football recruits as a quarterback.

Turnaround

Former Virginia Tech football assistant Brian Stinespring, sidelined by the COVID pandemic that kept him house-bound for a period this winter in Clifton Forge, has seen a change in his fortunes since returning to his position as assistant head coach at Delaware.

Delaware's head coach is Danny Rocco, a former UVa assistant who had head-coaching stints at Liberty and Richmond. The Blue Hens are 6-0 since their season started March 6 and meet Jacksonville State on  Saturday in the FCS quarterfinals in Alabama.

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