SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The dynamic duo of Mike Burnop and Brent Pry continued their tour of the Commonwealth on Monday night with a stop in Salem, where the Hokies’ radio analyst and former tight end moderated a conversation with Virginia Tech’s new head coach at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club.

Pry covered a variety of topics, everything from the impact of Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals for athletes to the ACC possibly changing its scheduling format, potentially getting rid of the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions.

He also gave an update on how his team is coming together seven months after taking the helm with fall camp rapidly approaching.

“Like always, they’re crushing it in the weight room and doing the agility work and they’re really training at a high level right now,” Pry said.

Salem was the latest stop in what’s been a whirlwind tour of visits around the Commonwealth as Pry tries to connect with fans and recruits in Virginia.

“They’re so supportive. They really want to see a strong football team in every way in Blacksburg. Not just wins. They want that,” Pry said. “But they want to see competition and quality guys and they want the relationship. It’s a community based program.”

The visit held personal significance for Burnop, who grew up across the street from the Salem Civic Center.

“It’s always great to be back in the Roanoke Valley. It’s amazing I just grew up right across the street in the house over there so to be back here watching the Salem Civic Center crowd, I watched this place get built,” Burnop said. “It’s really cool to be back here and the excitement level Brent Pry has brought to the program so far has just been phenomenal.”

The season starts on September 2 at Old Dominion.

“Can’t wait til the fall gets here,” Burnop said. “They’re going through summer camp now and he’s working hard. No days off and they got the pedal to the metal and they haven’t run out of gas yet.”