Aaron McFarling chatted with Whit Babcock about the new "Let's Go Hokies" chant prior to the fourth quarter. From all accounts I've read, the execution and impact was lacking and fell flat, respectively. At this point, Babcock is willing to give it a couple of years to settle into Virginia Tech's game day flow.
"I'll say this: You can't, quote, 'make a new tradition,'" said Babcock, who was kind enough to spend part of his Sunday morning answering questions about something of so little national significance. "I don't believe anybody in 2000-whenever-it-was when we played Enter Sandman said, 'Today we're starting a new tradition.' It just took off.
"But we started with the president. We want to engage the cheerleaders. We didn't have a full practice run at it. If we have a Sam Rogers do it or a Corey Moore or a, I don't know, Hoda [Kotb] from 'The Today Show,' shoot, we're just going to stick with it and try it for a couple years and go from there. The Hokie Pokey can still be a part of the day.
"Yesterday, I was down on the field. I actually didn't think it was THAT bad. I would give it a B all around. I thought the president did great. There's no preseason, and it'll get better as we go along. I appreciate people caring about it."