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An annual analysis conducted by USA Today has revealed that the Virginia and Virginia Tech athletic departments both operated at a deficit during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 3, 2017.

UVa's deficit was approximately $8.5 million and Tech's was in the $3.5 million range according to a report published June 29 in USA Today.

Virginia was 39th among the 230 programs in the survey with revenues of $92,865,175. Tech was 44th with revenues of $87,427,526.

Expenses for UVa were $100,324,517 and Tech's were $90,716,423.

In that category, that puts the two in-state schools at fourth and fifth in the ACC, respectively, behind (in order) Florida State, Clemson and North Carolina.

West Virginia had a surplus of nearly $20 million.

Texas and Texas A&M were 1-2 in revenues, with $214 million and 211 million, respectively.

Lofty expectations

Virginia Tech men's basketball fans should be heartened by mid-summer projections by both CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated that picked the Hokies 13th in the country . Tech is 19th in The Sporting News' list.

"This is expected to be [coach] Buzz Williams' best team in five years at Virginia Tech," Gary Parrish of CBS Sports wrote.

Virginia is a consensus top 10 choice. The Sporting News have UVa as a preseason No. 5, while CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated have the Wahoos ranked seventh.

Seven ACC teams made Parrish's list, including Syracuse at No. 22. The team has it top six scorers returning.

In its preseason college football rankings, The Sporting News has placed Tech's football team at No. 17, trailing only Clemson (No. 2) and Miami (No. 11) in the ACC. Athlon picks the Hokies to finish second in the Coastal Division behind Miami and go 9-3 overall and 5-3 in their division. Athlon has Virginia going 4-8 and 1-7.

Hooping

Former Virginia Tech basketball standout Zach LeDay, who has been playing in the Israeli Premier League, has joined the Atlanta Hawks Summer League team.

The Houston Rockets have added Virginia's 6-foot-8 Isaiah Wilkins to their summer-league roster. Wilkins was the 2017-18 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. One of Wilkins' UVa teammates, London Perrantes, is with San Antonio's summer team.

Houston's summer-league team will include Trevon Duval, a freshman point guard last year for Duke who made himself available for the NBA Draft but was not selected.

Promotion

Ernie Clement, the starting second baseman on Virginia's 2015 College World Series championship baseball team, was promoted by Cleveland to its Lynchburg affiliate in the Carolina League and was batting .425 as of July 3.

Chosen

Former Virginia Tech baseball pitcher Sean Keselica has been picked for the Double-A Eastern League all-star game. The Pirates selected Keselica in the 33rd round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Face-timing

Washington and Lee sophomore Brian Peccie was recognized as one of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd after capturing the Division III men's golf championship on the third hole of a playoff.

Peccie is the fifth W&L athlete to be recognized with a Faces in the Crowd photo and short bio. All have come since 1999, with football player Luke Heinsohn the most recent in 2012.

Staffing

New Virginia women's basketball coach Tina Thompson has not retained Tim Taylor, an assistant under predecessors Debbie Ryan and Joanne Boyle.

Connections

Jarmere Jenkins, the tournament MVP when UVa won its first NCAA men's tennis championship in 2013, is the hitting partner for former world No. 1 Serena Williams. Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, is a 1995 graduate of UVa.

Their daughter is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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