Three-plus weeks remain before the ACC’s 68th, and most bizarre, football season is scheduled to begin. At any one of those approximately 35,000 minutes, the entire house of cards could collapse.
So much is different for college football programs as they try to prepare for the possibility of a 2020 season this fall. But at Virginia Tech, one thing remains the same — the Hokies can’t get a break from the NCAA when it comes to player waivers.
Virginia Tech football opened fall camp last week, attempting to prepare for a fall season it’s aware may not happen. The challenge for coach Justin Fuente, his staff and players is to put that reality out of their minds in case there is a season kicking off on Sept. 12.
For transfers including running back Marco Lee, wide receiver Evan Fairs and defensive end Justus Reed, Friday’s practice was a chance to get to know their new Virginia Tech teammates and coaches a bit more.
Count Virginia Tech athletics director Whit Babcock and team physician Mark Rogers among the pragmatists as major college athletics attempts to stage a fall season during a global pandemic.
"I tragically lost my mother Robin, to illness, and I cannot afford to lose another parent or loved one."
The ACC is expected to announce its plans for the fall on Wednesday.
“They are one of the first groups outside of our faculty and staff to be present on campus.. So, in a way, they serve as a very small pilot group to see what it might look like to have students on our campus this fall."
“He started out on game days, he was passing out spaghetti at pregame meals. Two years later, he’s the defensive coordinator.”
If your head’s spinning from the uncertainty, you’ve got company. After all, it’s 2020.
"Every morning, he’s pumped up motivated ready to go. You walk in and he’s got a smile on his face, ready to tackle the world and get the best out of everybody.”
His father was a basketball star, but never saw his son play.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Karl Rothman has been a Virginia football season-ticket holder since graduating from the school in 1987. He’s made the hour-and-a-half long trip from Northern Virginia southwest to Scott Stadium for home games.
Legions shrugged when Virginia Tech joined the ACC 16 years ago this week. Only state politics had maneuvered the Hokies into the conference, and their competitive prospects appeared dim.
At last check, there is no blocking or tackling in golf. Yet since the PGA Tour returned to competition June 11, five players and two caddies have tested positive for COVID-19.
St. Peter’s Prep quarterback Tahj Bullock had to wait his turn.
“This is not something that’s been traditionally supported. The vast majority of tribes have not allowed girls and women to play the game of lacrosse.”
Among Virginia Tech’s nine-man rotation last basketball season, two stood 6-foot-7 or taller. Both were freshmen.
Prior to the March 11 sessions of the ACC men’s basketball tournament in Greensboro, N.C., the ACC Network’s chief programmer drove two hours back to her Charlotte home to watch her daughter perform in a fourth-grade play.
The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team has picked up another transfer.
In the weeks leading to this match up, Frank Beamer talked so often of wanting to take Tech to a new level, you were tempted to give him a carpenter's square.
“My wife had to put restrictions on Chloe. 'You can only ask 10 questions.’ Because I’d spend all night and she’d ask me, ‘What are you doing here?’ and ‘Why are you doing that?’”
Anthony, a walk-on, praised UVA’s coaching staff for giving him a “clear cut” take on how long it would take him to a earn a scholarship with the Cavaliers. That timeline did not work for Anthony and his family, he said.
Virginia’s Nic Kent was set to spend his summer playing baseball up north in the venerable Cape Cod League. JMU’s Dallas Jackson was ready to compete in the Valley League.
Virginia Tech said fans shouldn’t expect full football stadiums in the fall. "Such events are not possible at the densities to which we are accustomed."
Anthony, a direct descendant of UVA founder and former president Thomas Jefferson, announced that he’s transferring to Virginia Tech.