Can Virginia Tech be a part of college football's future in the ACC?

Last Friday the SEC and Big 12 announced a new bowl partnership.

The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences have announced a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a postseason bowl game following the 2014 season.

The champions of the two conferences will be in the matchup unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship. Should that occur, another deserving team from the conference(s) would be selected for the game.

On the surface it looks innocent enough. It's highly unlikely that both the SEC and Big 12 champions will be left out any realistic four-team playoff model. So it's a potential blockbuster bowl who's best matchups will probably only be played on Xboxes and PS3s. However, what's more important is that the Big 12 and SEC are holding hands, and kissing on each other in public. Not only that, but this is their game that's going to fetch free market value. It's innovative, and sexy. Until now, those were types of PDA reserved only for the Pac-12 and B1G (Rose Bowl). Now all four of these conferences have a postseason contingency plan if any of their champions are left out of the playoff, as well as the most attractive non-playoff pairings.

Scheduling Notes

Virginia Tech announced the Austin Peay game will kickoff at 1:30 PM, and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Woo!
/sarcastic enthusiasm

Although the extra hour and a half of tailgating is a positive.

As of now we know three other start times and networks in addition to Austin Peay: 9/3 Georgia Tech 8:00 ESPN, 11/1 at Miami 7:30 PM ESPN, and 11/8 Florida State 7:30 ESPN. If I had to guess, at Pitt, Cincinnati, at Clemson and Virginia all stand a good chance to be on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, while the rest of the games will either be local on the ACC Network or ESPN3. If both Tech and Clemson are undefeated, that's an 8:00 Gameday game if I've ever seen one.

The rest of the ACC's early season TV schedule is here. Note that there are two Chick-fil-A kickoff games this year: NC State-Tennessee and Clemson-Auburn. ESPN sat the former at the kid's table (ESPNU). I think we can all laugh at that.

Moving forward.

Report: UNC-Wilmington Guard Adam Smith Transfers To Virginia Tech

The report is from the notoriously reliable CBSSports.com senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman.

According to Brian Mull, who covers UNC-Wilmington for the StarNews, Smith ended up at Tech because of his connection with new assistant coach Mark Byington. Byington recruited Smith while at the College of Charleston.

As a freshman, Smith performed well against ACC competition.

Smith played great in both games the Seahawks played against ACC opponents this past season. Against the Maryland Terrapins on Nov. 13, Smith scored 23 points and shot five-for-nine from three-point range against the Terrapins. Against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Dec. 21, Smith scored 32 points on seven-of-twelve shooting from beyond the three-point line.

The Big 12 is Interested in Hokie Tracks

I never thought I'd enjoy a soap opera, but Florida State is quite entertaining. Today, former FSU linebacker and trustee (right now that's the more important part), Derrick Brooks said the Big 12 approached FSU, and not the other way around Here's the audio from the Tim Brando show. So a former trustee has confirmed there is actual interest from the Big 12, while a BOT member thinks it's in FSU's best interest to listen to what the Big 12 has to say, meanwhile the president has reaffirmed FSU's commitment to the ACC. Not everyone at FSU is on the same page, or so it seems.

2013 Recruiting: Wyatt Teller

Wyatt Teller has played defensive end, offensive tackle, linebacker, and H-Back for Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. Both Rivals and 247 rate him a 4-star recruit, and both Virginia Tech and Virginia want to sign him, and they're the favorites.

"Not many people can scratch their kneecap without bending over." — Liberty football coach Sean Finnerty (via http://www.fauquiernow.com)

After watching his film, it was no surprise that he holds 14 I-A offers including: Tech, UVa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, South Carolina and Clemson. On his highlights he's relentlessly aggressive, physically superior in size and speed to everyone he lines up against. Liberty coach Sean Finnerty was gracious enough to talk to me about his stud player.

How is his play when he becomes engaged with blockers, is he able to separate well, move down the line and maintain good position?

What's Eating at FSU?

Instead of flaming out like a lot of message board prognostications, the Florida State and the Big 12 conversation is starting to boil up. Money, of course, is at the core of Noles' discontent with the ACC, while the Big 12 is eyeing a huge payday. Let's start here, Florida State's athletic department is cash-strapped.

The Florida State University athletic department may be forced to cut as much as $2.4 million in expenditures for the 2012-13 fiscal year in part because of what athletic director Randy Spetman called lagging ticket sales in football.

Meanwhile, FSU is surrounded by (recruiting against, trying to be more relevant than) SEC schools that are swimming in the cash like Scrooge McDuck.

Even though the ACC's new deal with ESPN will bring FSU up to about $17 million annually in TV revenue, that's still $3 million less than the Big 12. Not only that, but some estimate the recently expanded SEC's new deal could earn each conference school as much as $25 million per year. Translation: Over the span of the ACC's 15-year contract, FSU will earn $120 million less than the Gators.

Hokie Softball Makes NCAA Tournament, Heads to Knoxville

For the first time since a College World Series appearance in 2008, Virginia Tech softball is headed back to the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies will be part of the Knoxville regional and play UAB in the first round on Friday at 3:30pm. Host Tennessee, ranked 7th nationally, and Miami University (OH) make up the other half of the double-elimination regional.

Tech (40-19, 12-8 ACC) is coming off an impressive run to the ACC Championship, where they knocked off Maryland and top seed North Carolina before falling to Georgia Tech in the Championship game. The Hokies were one of five ACC teams selected on Sunday, joining Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, and Maryland.

This season has been tremendous for the Hokies, who were picked 6th in the conference before the season but exceeded all expectations, finishing tied for third with Georgia Tech. Tech reached 40 wins for the seventh time in the program's 17-year history and this will be the Hokies' fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Interestingly enough, for the fourth time in those five trips, the Hokies will start their journey in Knoxville. Tech's magical run to the College World Series behind Angela Tincher in 2008 started in Knoxville.

ESPN and ACC Extend Exclusive, Multi-Platform Agreement through 2026-27

The full release from the ACC is here.

Here are the highlights.

  • "ESPN has the right to televise three Friday ACC football contests annually which will include a standing commitment from Boston College and Syracuse to each host one game as well as an afternoon or evening game on Thanksgiving Friday."
  • The Labor Day spectacular remains, and so do the Thursday night games.
  • 15 years is a long time to be partnered with anyone for anything.
  • The ACC has gone all-in with ESPN (won't be able to sell third-tier media rights).

It's evident the ACC has backed off its stance of not playing football on Fridays, I found Swofford's explanation extremely amusing.

"We do everything we can to protect high school football," Swofford said of the Friday games. "We could have done a lot more but didn't want to. ... The northeast corridor doesn't have the same sensitivity (to Friday high school football) as the southeast."

Report: Dorian Finney-Smith Plans to Transfer

The honeymoon is over, according to David Teel, Dorian Finney-Smith intends to transfer, "Virginia Tech's most acclaimed basketball recruit in more than a generation, plans to transfer after just one season with the Hokies, sources said Tuesday."

This is the first bit of adversity James Johnson will have to deal with during his tenure. Johnson was able to keep Erick Green in Blacksburg, and Marshall Wood coming to town. Although, Doe-Doe might had been out the door even if Seth Greenberg was still the Head Hokie (I couldn't resist).

Hokie Tracks are Flipping Over Walls

Former Tech utility man/out fielder Austin Wates of the now Astros Double A Corpus Christi's Hooks makes a, to put it mildly, spectacular, over-the-wall, home run robbing catch.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto resigned (was fired by the league presidents) yesterday. As Brett McMurphy, who first broke the news wrote, "He was set up to fail by the league's presidents because they handcuffed his ability to make any relevant changes." Big East presidents turning down a nine-year new media rights deal worth $1.4 billion put the conference on shaky ground, and led to Pitt and Syracuse leaving for the ACC. Then the rest of the dominoes fell. Even if the presidents had accepted the media deal, brought in UCF, kept 'Cuse, Pitt, and TCU, and stayed strong at ten teams it would only have been a matter of time before the league failed, because it's impossible to serve the interests of the basketball only schools in today's football driven world.

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