In a season unlike any other in major college football, Virginia Tech Coach Justin Fuente continues to navigate circumstances amid the coronavirus pandemic that bear little resemblance to anything approaching normalcy.

Instead of full attention on how to beat Duke, the Hokies’ next opponent, Fuente spent a portion of his weekly news conference Monday addressing the status of his coaching staff — most notably first-year defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton, who sat out the season-opening win against North Carolina State.

It’s unclear whether Hamilton missed Saturday night’s 45-24 victory at Lane Stadium because of a positive test or contact tracing. Fuente also did not confirm whether Hamilton, who has taken over for the legendary Bud Foster, would be available for this weekend’s game in Durham, N.C.

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