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.

Hokie Tracks Are Playing Catch Up

Hokie Tracks took a backseat during spring practice, but it's back now. For anyone new here, this is a semi-regular feature summarizing relevant Virginia Tech, ACC and college football news as it piles up. It's not timely, but hopefully it will serve as discussion starter.

National Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com Mike Farrell dropped some very good information in a live chat Thursday. He believes Deon Newsome, "best fits on offense where he can be a slot receiver, scat back and also potential special teams return guy." He notes with regards to Jonathan Allen that the, "Hokies have turned up the heat and he is responding a bit". Last month Allen named Florida and Alabama his finalists, but now he's considering Florida, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Ohio State. Farrell also believes Wyatt Teller will stay in-state, and Tech has 50-50 chance to land him.

We Hired James Johnson, Now What?

Only ten days ago, Seth Greenberg was the head coach of the men's basketball team, and everything was normal. Now, Seth's gone, James Johnson's in and we have to find another way to spend our time than reading the Teel/Giannotto/Berman Coaching Rumor 3000 (patent pending).

So, starting week one of the James Johnson era, the questions still stand. Why JJ? How will bringing in Seth's top assistant do anything to change the program? Yeah he can recruit, but can he actually coach? Is this guy going to actually write something other than rhetorical questions?

The only people who can officially answer those questions are Jim Weaver and James Johnson, but it's fun to speculate. So regardless, here are the questions that JJ is going to have to answer between now and the start of the season.

1. Can he get the recruits to stay?

Well this one is already partially answered, and so far signs are pointing to yes. Marshall Wood is reportedly back on #teamHokie after initially asking for a release from his scholarship. No offense to Wood, but I think everyone's concern is actually about Montrezl Harrell (for the love of god, can someone please let me know how to pronounce his first name? I feel like an idiot every single time I try). Harrell is a forward from the Blake Griffin School of Explosiveness, and honestly, I dream about his dunks in transition. If JJ can bring him back, that would be huge.

Reports: James Johnson is the next Virginia Tech Basketball Coach

Update: According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, James Johnson will indeed be the next coach. (Of course this broke three minutes after my original post went up, which follows below.)

Another Update: Raines is happy, and Erick Green tweets he'll be back next year.

Cowboys Draft Danny Coale, Remaining Hokies to Sign Free Agent Deals

Danny Coale was the last of the trio of Hokies to be drafted. The Dallas Cowboys selected him with the 17th pick in the fifth round, 152nd overall. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has been bullish on Coale since the combine. He referred to him again as a, "blue-plate special".

You can listen to Coale talk with the Cowboys brass right before being picked. Also, here's an interview he did with 105.3 The Fan. The hosts joke about Coale working in at punter. If that happens, hopefully he does everyone a solid and punts a ball through the JumboTron.

Even though they weren't drafted, other Tech hopefuls will get their shot as undrafted rookie free agents. Eddie Whitley will join Coale in Big-D. Cris Hill will sign with the Buffalo Bills. Jaymes Brooks signed with the Packers. It sounds like Jarrett Boykin will be a Jaguar. Finally, Blake DeChristopher is close to signing with the Arizona Cardinals.

Congratulations to everyone!

Jayron Hosley Drafted 94th Overall by the New York Giants

New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese described Jayron as not being a, "big man," but having, "athletic arrogance." He likened his skill set to Adam "Pac-Man" Jones'.

Keeping with the tradition of DB-U, for the 14th draft in a row the Hokies have had a defensive back selected in the NFL Draft. What an absolutely awesome streak that started way back in '99 with Pierson Prioleau, and don't forget Antonio Banks and Torrian Gray in '97.

This is what Brandon Flowers, a member of this prestigious fraternity, had to say.

The Giants and Reese were able to look past Hosley's widely publicized failed drug tests, and dip in production due to a hamstring injury and see the promise of a player that intercepted 9 passes in 2010.

The Giants Drafted David Wilson and I'm Happy.

The New York Giants selected David Wilson with the 32nd overall pick in the NFL Draft. Wilson is the first Hokie to go in the first round since the Texans picked offensive tackle Duane Brown in 2008.

Q: What was your reaction when the Giants selected you?

A: I was sitting on the bed and the Giants had the last pick in the first round... And then Tampa Bay traded (up), and I thought, 'Maybe they'll get a running back. I know they need a running back.' At that point, I was hoping for anything. The Giants are Super Bowl champions, and I'm like 'They probably won't pick me...' I was just hoping that something would happen, and I get the New Jersey call and I start screaming. I answered the phone and it was the New York Giants. It was the best call that I got in a long time.

Transcript via Big Blue View

If y'all don't know I'm a Giants fan. I watch every snap of Virginia Tech football on Saturday, and as painful as it can be at times, every snap of Giants football on Sunday. I'm excited Jerry Reese drafted him, finally I get to root for a Hokie on my team. From my observations, here are a cheat sheet for success in New York for 4 (or maybe now 34), David Wilson.

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