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"A battered lunch pail has long been the trademark of Virginia Tech's rough-and-tough defense. It has symbolized the blue-collar approach the Hokies accepted long ago, as they climbed their way from a woebegone program to one of the most consistent teams in college football. It also has represented the work ethic and pride of this working class community at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. "What the lunch pail is about is going out and earning success and deserving victory, whatever it is, whether it's on the field or off the field," said Bud Foster, who started the lunch pail tradition after he was named Virginia Tech's defensive coordinator in 1995".

Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com | August 30, 2007.
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