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I was reminded Thursday night of Doug Doughty's infamous 1999 Notebook Plus column, in which he wrote on June 18 of that year: "I have heard independently from two semi-reliable sources that Miami will be introduced as a 10th ACC member on July 18."
Doughty's statement was almost a throwaway thought, tacked onto the end of a column that appears exclusively online, and not in the Roanoke Times' mainstream newspaper. But it touched off a firestorm, and though expansion didn't happen that year, it finally did, four years later.
Thursday night, in his online column, VT Insider, Tech beat writer Randy King, while not touching on a subject with the impact of ACC expansion, did hit a sour note on a topic near and dear to VT football fans' hearts: the football schedule.
None of the media followed up on the story in Friday's newspapers, but you can fully expect it to be covered in Saturday's preview articles for the Syracuse game ... and covered in the pre-game radio show ... and the post-game radio show ... and Monday night's Hokie Hotline radio show. Meanwhile, the TSL message boards will be discussing it non-stop.
Time will tell if the rumor is true. Weaver said on Monday night's Hokie Hotline show that VT needed 7 home games in 2004 to meet its budget, according to TSL's Hokie Hotline Notes.
I keep going back to a statement made by Weaver in an August Richmond Times-Dispatch story (no longer online), when Auburn backed out of a scheduled 2010/11 home-and-home series with VT. "They canceled on us," Weaver said. "They've been told they have to have seven home games each year."
My first thought was that pretty soon, every BCS school would be working on a seven-home-games-a-year budget and schedule. While revenue is skyrocketing at VT and other BCS schools, so are expenses, and I wondered if the days of six-game home schedules with competitive home-and-home out of conference arrangements were about to go the way of the dodo.
The implications are obvious. VT is about to enter the ACC, with an eight-game conference schedule, four games home, and four games away. If you want to schedule seven home games, then your only option is to schedule home games with no return trips against patsies, 1-AA opponents, and crazy schools like Marshall that will go on the road and play anybody without asking for a home game in return.
I fully expect the BCS schools to head that way sooner, not later. How long, I thought, before VT goes that way?
We should know very soon if there's any truth to the rumor, but VT insiders have ominously said on the TSL message boards that where there's smoke, there's fire.
Related link: Future schedules page.
A Hokie cheerleader needs your help in an online poll. Athlon Sports is having an online Sports Sideline Spirit Contest, and it's a simple concept: you vote online for your favorite cheerleader, out of a group of six. VT cheerleader Jessica Clem is involved in the latest round of voting, which is round 2.
As of the time I'm writing this, Jessica trails a Nebraska cheerleader by over 500 votes, 15,361 to 14,826. I don't usually get involved in these silly online polls, but for some reason, the thought of just getting ... out-voted ... annoys me.
So help Jessica out with a vote, Hokie fans! And unlike most online polls, you're not restricted to just one vote -- you can vote every day. So, as the old joke goes, vote early and often!
Our friends at the ACC Area Sports Journal continue to do good work. This week, they're offering a Virginia Tech-related article for free, so check out a Bryan Randall feature called Randall's Reversal Total and Complete. They also put up an informative recruiting profile on new VT basketball commitment Marquie Cooke.
Having a problem access TSL's pay message boards? Thanks to a nice little bug introduced in the latest version of IE, many of you are getting a blank screen when trying to access TSL's subscriber message boards. To work around it, first log out, and then log back into the TSL Pass Home page. That should clear it up.
In case you didn't notice, this issue is issue #100 of TSLMail! Issue #1 came out on Friday, September 28, 2001, and featured an interview with recruit Cary Wade, who was on the verge of committing to VT at the time. For a blast from the past, click here to see issue #1.
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Target: Emmanuel Dunbar
Leads Tough Herndon Defense
Hoping for More Attention
Thinking About Visits
Sets VT Visit
Working Out for Ferrine
Zuttah Off to Dominating Start
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2003 Rutgers Game Analysis
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Wide Right: Second String Commentators
Small Pleasures: Rutgers
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Big East Farewell Tour, Part 1 of 7: Rutgers
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