If that happens... I'll tell you this... You won't see me ever giving another dime to the Athletic Department, and this is coming from a recent graduate who still has at least 50 years of giving in him. If we're going to stay on the sidelines and allow ourselves to mire in a mid major conference because the school is too concerned about being in an athletic conference with superior academics so we can feel elite while rubbing shoulders with schools who rank higher than us, then fine... So be it. I personally think its a crap argument and a complete joke that anyone even thinks that being in an athletic conference affects academic reputations at all, so I think its comical that people even think it should enter into the discussion.
So yeah, if we turn down the opportunity to join the SEC because we're too obsessed with the smugness we can show in the ACC... Well, then I'm out as a donor. 100% of my giving will be going to Pamplin, and thats it. If we're not willing to look out for our own athletic profitability and competitiveness when it comes to making the right choice on what conference to join and we get mired in a mid-major ACC while our peers move on and make twice as much in another conference with a re-worked TV deal... Well then its not worth it to give anymore.
Although, with that said... It would be interesting to see how those in charge spin it when they come begging for money every year telling us they're in desperate need of more money, while having already turned down the opportunity to make a move that would have increased annual revenue at least 30% over what they have now.
You won't be the only one...I will make sure of that, and I'm NOT some young graduate. I've been at this since the early 80's and supporting Hokie football, since you could "pick your own seat on the Tech football bandwagon"!
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