Posting quotes is not something I do much of, but after watching Virginia Tech's weekly media session on Monday, and reading what the Virginia players had to say, I decided to. I get the feeling that the Hokies, at least the ones made available to the media, are focussed on the Hoos, and want to win this football game every bit as much as we do.
Don't ask Bane Gayle what time it is.
"We don't have a clock," said Gayle, a Bethel High graduate. "We have a Cup."
It's a reference to the Commonwealth Cup, which is rewarded to the winner of the game — and has been in Tech's possession after the last nine meetings.
"I don't have no empathy, no sympathy for those guys," Gayle said.
Yes, we're still more than a week away from the Tech-U.Va. game, but it's never too early for a little trash-talking, especially in Gayle's world. He's not shy about providing bulletin board material for U.Va.
"They talk about how they have the clock in their locker room, countdown to Virginia Tech," Gayle said. "They think so highly of us. We're not going to disappoint them.
Logan Thomas on why Virginia wasn't a major player during his recruitment.
"If there's one thing I hate, it's losing, and the way things were, it didn't seem like things were going to get better anytime soon," Thomas said at Virginia Tech's weekly news conference. "And another thing is that their fans weren't as passionate as they are here and you always want to play in front of a sold-out crowd."
I'd like Virginia to be the worst in football forever and ever too, Jack Tyler.
"I would never say that I would wish anything negative upon anybody," linebacker Jack Tyler said, somewhat diplomatically, "but if there's one team in the country who'd [I'd like to] be poor, it'd be UVa."
/Logan Thomas looks up, points at the scoreboard.
"On the field, I think the last nine years have kind of spoken for themselves," Thomas said. "I don't think anybody thinks anybody is better than anybody, but at times you kind of get the feeling that because their school is prestigious, I guess that they feel they're better than we are. But I think everybody knows who the better half is."
The text below doesn't do Andrew Miller's serious face justice.
Miller said he'll make sure his teammates are focused this week on beating Virginia, not being distracted by the possibility of reaching the league title game on Dec. 7 in Charlotte
"I will not pay attention at all. I like to focus in. our one thing this week is uva and that's my main goal," Miller said. "Actually, I don't like hearing people talk about that because that's not our importance right now. If that happens, it happens. But I think that's a sign of losing focus if that's what we're focusing on. Because this week should be all about uva, no matter what happens afterwards, it's the fact that we need to come out here and win the Commonwealth Cup."
The #newhoos are interested in Saturday's football game too.
"It's been forever since we beat them," defensive tackle Brent Urban said.
What would a victory over the Hokies mean? What would it feel like?
"It's something I've thought about for a long time," defensive end Jake Snyder said. "It's something we talk about all year long."
"I don't think anything can wipe away nine losses," fullback Billy Skrobacz said, "but it would be a big win."
Pride is a powerful motivator.
"We're not really playing for much at this point other than pride," Skrobacz said, "and there's a lot of guys on this team that have a lot of pride."