Mike Burnop: Last of the Old Guard

With all of the drama that's been circling the Virginia Tech football program over the past couple of days, I wouldn't be surprised if many of us (myself included) haven't noticed that the Hokies' own Mike Burnop was named the 2019 Virginia sportscaster of the year. My family moved to Blacksburg in 2001 when I was 14 years old, and I was lucky enough to become friends with the children of some Hokie legends. From my parents' home, I could just about throw a football and hit Beamer's, Burnop's and Hite's front door. With the coaching changes this off season, nearly all of those folks have now moved on or passed away, but the nostalgia of being so close to a community that has such a huge footprint will likely be with me for the rest of my life. No matter what, I will die a Hokie. Throughout all of the changes, Mike Burnop remains to help bridge two eras: the past success under Beamer's tenure and the championship level that the current organization is trying so hard to reach. This is a man who has spent his entire adult life supporting Virginia Tech athletics and his continued support is a great example for us all, maybe now more than ever. Congrats, Mike and thank you for everything!

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Comments

Awesome story, thanks for sharing!

Mike is an O&M treasure.

Click here to destroy wall.

You are right he is the last of the old guard! Great color guy!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Love Mike Burnop. Some of my fondest memories are hearing him and Bill Roth calling games. So many iconic moments

"These people are losing their minds" - Mike Patrick

"Tyrod did it, Mikey!" still give me chills. The game meant jack squat in the long run but that call was magical!

I love Mike, but you bet your ass if he went on a podcast and told some hard truths about the state of our program, I would call him a dirty traitor. /SS

In all seriousness, Congrats to him. It's well earned.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Burnop is slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.