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Hokies Win Final Big East Attendance Title
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com
In their final season in Big East football, Virginia Tech captured their third attendance title in the last five seasons, with an average of 65,115 fans per game. That bested #2 Pittsburgh by about 6,000 fans per game, as the Panthers had an average of 59,197 fans. Miami, the 2002 champions, averaged 58,135 fans per game in the Orange Bowl.
The history of Big East attendance leaders is an interesting one. The Miami Hurricanes won the title from 1991-1994, with the exception of 1993, when WVU finished first.
From 1995-1998, the Mountaineers won the attendance title, with figures that ranged from 50,000 to 55,000. From 1999-2003, the Canes and Hokies have alternated winning the attendance title, with Miami tending to win it in even years, in which the Florida State Seminoles and Hokies came to town.
It's interesting to note that Pitt's average attendance of 59,197 in 2003 would have won the title ten of the thirteen years the Big East has existed, and Miami's third-best attendance 58,135 would have won it nine times. Among those three -- VT, Pitt, and Miami -- they produced some of the best attendance seasons on Big East record. The 2003 Big East attendance total of over 2.4 million is an all-time record for the league.
But that's the past. How would the Hokies have placed in the 12-team ACC? The answer is, pretty well. If you add VT, BC, and Miami to the ACC, the Hokies would have finished third in average attendance, behind only FSU and Clemson.
VT is unlikely to outdraw FSU and Clemson, who boast stadium capacities of 83,000 and 81,473, respectively, according to WorldStadiums.com.
Worth noting: of the ACC schools listed, only Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State and Virginia Tech finished at 100% capacity or greater.
Green, a 6-1, 230 pound prospect out of Deptford High School (NJ), fills a need at fullback. He is one of the top fullbacks in the East and was an effective linebacker as well. He chose Tech over Minnesota and Indiana.
Hermitage High School (VA) linebacker Andrew Bowman committed to the Hokies over Tennessee. Virginia and Purdue were in the running as well, however Bowman indicated his final decision came down to the Hokies and Vols. Bowman is 6-1, 230 pounds, and runs a 4.6 in the 40 yard dash. He will play outside linebacker for Tech, which is the position he played as a junior in high school. He moved to middle linebacker his senior year. Nevertheless, Bowman is one of the top prospects in the state.
Virginia Tech decided not to offer Hollywood Christian (FL) offensive line prospect Dio Herrera, who committed to Mississippi State this week (per Rivals). The Hokies are in great shape with their remaining prospects, and likely hope to land around five or six more players. There are no official visitors this weekend, and the weekends of the 23rd and the 30th will be the last two official visit weekends.
In other news, QB Cory Holt received a qualifying test score and will enroll at VT in January 2004. Running back George Bell will enroll as well, as he graduated early and earned qualifying scores.
For VT's complete list of 2004 verbal commitments, click
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