Ask TKP: Would You Travel to Vegas for a Hokies-UNLV Football Game?

David Teel caught up with Whit Babcock and Desiree Reed-Francois on the latter's new post as AD at Nevada-Las Vegas. He closed with an interesting nugget, Babcock headed to Vegas to attend her introduction, and there may be plans for a Virginia Tech-UNLV home-and-home down the road.

"It's a great opportunity, but I am going to miss Virginia Tech, Blacksburg and my colleagues an awful lot. There's something really special about Virginia Tech, and I was really blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of it for a little while."

Babcock thinks so much of Reed-Francois that he's attending her Tuesday introduction at UNLV, and not because he's looking to split aces at the blackjack table. Reed-Francois hopes he'll return some day as part of a Hokies-Rebels football home-and-home.

If the UNLV-Raiders stadium deal gets done, there's a road trip many Tech faithful would welcome.

Is that a home-and-home series you would enjoy, and would you hypothetically make the trip out to Vegas for the game?


I would go to Vegas to prepare for a potential VT/UNLV game.

Does that count?

My friend and his wife went. Said it was rather disappointing. Did you have a better experience?

Oh wait, you thought I was being serious?

Weirder things have happened.....

I'm neither pro or anti-Britney. I was just being facetious that she'd be the real draw to get anyone to Vegas.

Though, my GF did see a Backstreet Boy floating down the lazy river and Mandelay Bay.

When I was stationed out in Vegas I did security for her and JLOs residency shows. Brittany's is good but it's a very quick show and you can tell she is lip syncing and going through the motions. Her show is actually done for at the end of the year. It she is not bad to watch her and her backup dancers dance around!

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J. Lo > Britney?

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Possibly, depends on if it was one of the Vegas weekends when the flights are like $90 round trip vs the weekends when they are $800 round trip

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Probably. Vegas is about as close to me as the Hokies would ever conceivably play, so I'd probably be all over that. I think Southwest has a pretty cheap direct flight from Abq to Las Vegas.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Wouldn't the Sun Bowl be closer?

Not the sun bowl.

I have never been to Vegas. The Connecticut Indian casino's are closer and nicer from everything I have heard if you are just going for gambling.

That said, I would be serious into checking out the costs, etc, for going out to Vegas for a Tech game. It would allow me to check off a couple things at once. I still remember 2010 when I made it to ALL of the tech football games that year. It also gave me a much better understanding of how tiring it can be to go to all of the football games.

You have been told blatant lies. No casinos in the New England area can compare with Las Vegas.

I enjoy the day trips and occasional overnights to Foxwoods/Mohegan. By the time I leave tho, all I can think about it getting back to Vegas.

There are slot machines in the airport. You can carry open containers all over the strip. Walgreens sells bottles of Jack Daniels in the same aisle you buy mouthwash. These places, they are not comparable.


You never, ever, ever say no to a weekend in Vegas or a weekend in New Orleans.

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I guess I'm the only one who wouldn't go to Vegas for any other reason than to see the Hokies, but wouldn't do that either. Nothing about it calls to me and never has. New Orleans, though, different story.

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I'd MUCH rather go to New Orleans.

Like to a Sugar Bowl.

Though ideally one with refs who know what a catch is.

Agreed NOLA > Vegas. New Orleans is a cultural phenomenon in the US; the food is amazing, the parades are unlike any other celebration I've seen (PS - watch Treme if you haven't). On top of that, bourbon street is the real life Tortuga.

That said, Vegas is fun. Gambling, parties, pools and women... it's great, and it can be done pretty cheap if you plan right.

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Not trashing Vegas, but I don't have much money to lose, married for 44 years, live on the Bay (pools don't excite me)...parties, I like, but parties are everywhere. New Orleans is as you've described, (I loved Treme), and then you add in the music.
I made the first two Sugar Bowls, Texas and FSU, and consider it money well spent. Now, maybe if I were young, single and flush I would feel differently, but I'd still probably rather go elsewhere. To each, their own.

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I never turn down a reason to go to Vegas but there is nothing finer than spending a night listening to live music on Frenchmen Street.

There is a bed and beverage we stay at that is on the line between the French Quarter and Marigny. Pure bliss.


I never met a project that couldn't justify a new tool.

Yes. Yes. Yes. I'd be flying United tho, so I don't know if I would make it in one piece.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

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Yes, yes I would.

Right now? No, money is a bit tight as my wife is finishing up grad school.

In a few years after both of us have been making real money? Hell yes.

Well we only have one 'TBD' in 2022 and then nothing until 2026 so it will be awhile.

On a related note, would it really be wise for VT to schedule a 1 and 1 with UNLV? I would think we would want at least a 2 for 1 with a Mountain West team

We have 1-and-1s scheduled with an AAC team into perpetuity, and a few with a C-USA team, and the MWC probably slots in between those two in prestige. While those are the only examples I could find looking back at all of our non-conference opponents since 2009, it wouldn't be too far-fetched considering that they'll be playing in the Raiders' new stadium, especially if they paid us a little cash or handed us a decent chunk of tickets to sell.

With their record, a one game here is more likely than a 1:1.

Hell, Vegas would be the absolute cheapest way for me to see the team. A round trip to Vegas with allegiant only runs me about 175.

The answer for me is most definitely - YES.

Same here. Without looking anything up, if I could get out there on Allegiant or Alaskan Air, and not blow most of my money on travel expenses, I'm going.*

*pending on babysitter

Best case scenario would be a Sunday afternoon/night game on opening weekend. Spend Saturday at a casino watching/betting on all the weekend one games, then spend Saturday tailgating.

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By the time we would be on their schedule, NFL would be up and running in Vegas. No way they would have a Sunday game out there.

I would like to see a Thursday night game. Thursday - half a work day from east coast still gives you plenty of time to get out there. Friday - Vegas. Saturday - watch NCAA football all day from a sports book. Sunday - pool party, wake up early to watch NFL from a sports book nursing a hangover or actually attend a Raiders home game. Red-eye. Hate life Monday and probably a few days after. That is heaven.

Saturday evening game would be nice as well since you could see the majority of the day's games including most of the ABC or CBS evening match-up.

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Best case scenario would be a Sunday afternoon/night game on opening weekend

NFL hasn't started playing yet on the opening weekend of the college football season. Also, the preseason games usually aren't on Sundays - last year, out of 65 preseason games, only 5 were on Sundays. 17 were on Saturdays, 13, were on Fridays, and 30 were on Thursdays, so it might be more likely that said game would be on Sunday.

Plus, all of the games for the final week of preseason are the Thursday that the college season starts.

Of course.

'95 @UVA, '95 Sugar Bowl, '96 @Miami, '99 flip, '03 v Miami, '05 Bourbon St., '09 Coale, '14 @OSU

Yup. Next Question.

"Now Miami wants to talk about it." *Cue Enter Sandman*

Definitely. I don't get the opportunity to travel back east very often, but it is really cheap and easy to get to Vegas from Seattle.

Yo shoutout to another Hokie in seattle!

Also would easily fly from SeaTac to Las Vegas to see Tech play.

VB born, class of '14, Semper Paratus

I wish I was a Hokie in Seattle. Does that count?

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As a Broncos fan, I couldn't be more excited about the raiders moving to Vegas. That's a trip that I'll probably make at least every other year when it gets going.

Would LOVE to watch Tech in Vegas. That's as close as their ever going to get to where I live, so that's a trip that I'm absolutely making.

I've been cutting back on the drinking.

Easy 6.5 hour drive there from Tucson, so that's a definite yes. I go to Vegas for Labor Day weekend every year anyway.

Not sure if the new Raiders stadium is climate controlled, but if we play where UNLV usually plays, it can be an inferno in early September (temps regularly go over 100 that time of year). Though they do play night games early in the season, it doesn't moderate the temps that much due to Vegas' heat island effect.

Playing UNLV? I'll pass. Since 2004, they've only won more than 2 games in a season three times.... that's LOLuva-esque garbage.

That being said, my degenerate gambler side wants to go to Vegas, so sign me up.

I would root for the Russians before I would root for Virginia.

Make that 5 times, including the last two years. Also the fact that their facilities are definitely bottom-half within the MWC doesn't help. In 3 years, however, once they've moved into the Raiders' new stadium, and finished their new practice facility, they'll have some of the biggest recruiting advantages in the Group of 5.

Yes, Vegas is one of the view places that can contain my ADHD.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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The closest they could play to me unless we do home and homes with either UCLA or USC (big fan of a UCLA h&h). So...yeah. Let's do it.

Always choose joy.

Nope. Vegas doesn't do it for me. I'd get hyped at home though, and watch on stream!

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Absolutely. Closest that they would be to me since that El Paso Bowl game (Sun Bowl beat down by UCLA, which was worse cuz my wife is a UCLA Alum). Vegas is always a good time and super easy to get to for the whole country. Almost always cheap flights and you can always find cheap hotels. A Labor day game would be hot as hell (like 100 at night), but that would be a good trip.

I'm pretty sure all the alums living in SoCal, like myself (and OC Hokie? above), would be there in a heartbeat. Vegas is 5-hour drive or ~$140 roundtrip flight.

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Not many idaho hokies but we would be there!


Hell to the fucking yes

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Yep! And I'll rock the satchel.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Indiana Jones has one.

Let's go!

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Vegas is at the bottom for places I've visited. Not for me. Sign me up for whenever we actually play in Madison though

Just make it a few years down the road so I can save money to blow.

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If by the time of the series I have enough money for it, absolutely

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Seems like a lot of fun. The weekend or day it gets scheduled on could be
a factor though.

I'm going. No way i'd pass up a golden opportunity for a Vegas trip and a Hokie game.

I'm expecting this to be a college reunion of sorts, in America's finest playground.

I'd be there like...


I never met a project that couldn't justify a new tool.

Is this a serious question? Who needs an excuse to go to Vegas?

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I guess I do. Since I cannot for the life of me come up with a reason I'd want to go to Vegas, maybe an excuse would do it.

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Me neither. As you said in a post above, nothing about Vegas tempts me to want to go. Same with NYC.

I could totally dig a trip to Ireland for a shamrock series game. New Orleans I could go to. Maybe Austin.

But Vegas doesn't do anything for me.

It's glorious on Labor Day weekend when you've been waiting for football for 8 months AND you can bet all the games. Add a Hokie game in person, and that's a perfect weekend for me. Throw in great golf (at a great price), great dining, etc and it's awfully good. But if you don't like to gamble, I can see how it has limited appeal. You also have to go a few times to figure out how to get around efficiently.

So this game will be in 2047 or so right?

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Would I go?

I see no woods.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

So technical!

NOW you're talkin'!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Probably not. Too far

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