Virginia Tech vs Virginia Postponed

Because of COVID-19 the Hokies have paused practice for four days and Virginia Tech-Virginia will be rescheduled.

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2020 sucks.

At least they announced this early today rather than letting Twitter and the message boards go crazy arguing over the "Will they/ Won't they" over the weekend.

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BIG 10,11,12?? Announced they will have a season, beginning mid to third week in October. The ACC would do well to shut down until that time to try and get this Covid crisis under control. BUT, $$ talks and BS walks and we know why the Big10,11,12?? decided to have some sort of fall season. Can you say SNOW BALL????

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Big 10 has made no such announcement. There are rumors from pretty good sources that they could start play by mid October.

The thing about waiting that long is... if they hope to wrap up in time for playoff consideration, they are only going to be able to play 9 or so conference games, with no wiggle room for game rescheduling if problems arise. That's why the ACC started early. So that there's time to play jazz and improvise.

Leonard. Duh.

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God, I love how much run this .gif is getting here lately. What with the numbered threads from awhile back and such.

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Positives: gives us an opportunity to kick liberty off the schedule *ducks*

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I'd say there's several more positives.

Dammit. I scrolled past, then realized what you meant and groaned. Take your leg.

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Hey remember those pictures of a crowded Hokie House a couple weeks back?

Seems important now

Rumors last night were saying the NCSU game on the 26th is already at risk, too. So that's good.

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Because of the non-bubble approach, unfortunately every game is at risk.

I thought we'd get at least 1 game in, though.

Starting to think that might not happen for us.

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Blacksburg is essentially at the beginning of exponential growth in COVID cases. I doubt we see a single down of football played. The next month has the potential to be a nightmare in terms of student, faculty, and staff health barring any drastic change.

Don't forgot the health of the general community, due to the above. But yes, I don't think there will be any Hokie football this year.

As a Blacksburg resident with three small children in MCPS, it's incredibly frustrating to see how uncommitted to social distancing rules many of the students have been since returning to campus.

Agree. I'm in a similar situation, but mine aren't necessarily small still (9th, 4th, and 3rd grade). Going to all online after only 2 days of the original plan was discouraging yet fully anticipated after seeing how the VT community responded to the situation (Not great, Bob).

As sad as it is, it might be the catalyst for a certain portion of our community to actually start taking it seriously.

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JMU sent their students back home after 5 days of being on campus. I can imagine what's going to happen on bburg too. Doubt we have a season.

There are several reasons that I doubt VT sends students home, unless the health care system here gets overwhelmed. I'd elaborate but I don't want to open a can of worms that isn't really on topic.

Can you point me in the direction of where I can find these reasons elsewhere? I only ask because the CGs here prevent discourse on this subject in any detail. My opinion is if Tech can't keep the students in line enough to protect the general Blacksburg community at large, ship them home...The exponential growth you mentioned above certainly isn't coming from anywhere other than the student population.

Watch the town hall from last week on the VT YouTube channel and read any recent news report on what Dr. Fauci is recommending with respect to college campuses shutting down and how sending students home is generally a bad idea.

Will do. But I have a hunch it's bad for the communities they'd be returning to, with little consideration for the community they're staying in.

There's no good answer. I have a lot of thoughts and some information I wish I could share but won't in the interest of not potentially detailing this useful thread. I don't envy the VT admin right now, or the leaders of any university.

I mean it's a catch 22. Bad for the one community or send kids back all over the country. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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From THIS it sounds like the basic reason is if they shut down and send students home it spreads the virus further.

Exactly. "Just keep it contained in Blacksburg." Sounds good, unless you are a Blacksburg resident.

VT is always at the ass end of everything and I'm sick of it. UNC comes back to campus and they immediately sent students home, mitigated and waited for things to calm down, and they are going to play football. But I'm sure they have cases just like everyone. Meanwhile we pretend things are fine until the last minute and will likely cancel each week.

For what it's worth, UNC has effectively no plan in place and just hoped everything would be fine. VT laid a lot of groundwork for quarantining and caring for students and we are still within the projections made before the semester in terms of case load and burden on the health care system. UNC will probably have another spike in no time. Don't expect anyone to have a smooth time this semester.

It's easier to play football when you acknowledge things are a cluster almost a month ago and send students home. Once again, VT paints themselves into a corner.

It's easier to play football

Is the goal to play football or provide paying students an education? The whole college system is so fucked in so many different directions, there's no good way to handle this.

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At the faculty level, we're definitely (unofficially) preparing to be virtual again at UNC in the spring. I couldn't tell you what the administration is planning, though.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

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Sort of... All students had to leave "on campus housing". Most JMU students are still in town.

Is coronavirus over yet?

Have they not sent student housing home yet? Triangle schools did that 3 weeks ago, thought it'd be a no brainer

VT has not and has no plans to do so at this point.

Honestly what did they expect then

I was hoping for this game and I've cone to grips that might have been the only one, but I wanted this one. Oh well more time to walk the dogs.

This is going to stray off topic, but in defense of my friends and the Bar I used to work at, that whole thing was a contrived pile of horse shit. That's all though.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

we've created our own little hotbed [VT dashboard] - 219 positive tests in the last week (16.5% positive test results) across all students and faculty/staff. Whatever is being done to prevent the spread on campus isn't working... at best we're just inhibiting the rapid spread

They'll just blame the students and keep their money

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7:30 prime times game with the small potential of Gameday GONE ALL GONE!

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Well shit

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Way to go, Ryan. ๐ŸŽต Ryan started the fire. ๐ŸŽต

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Fire guy!

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This blows, but if the case numbers are bad I'm glad they're being safe. 4 days is not a very long time without a bubble to put the football program in... Hopefully that's all it is, but I'm skeptical it won't be extended. Does anyone remember how long nc state was actually shut down?

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I'm thinking the 4 days allow for test results on all players that are quarantined due to contact tracing. That will give them a good idea of how many players actually have the virus.

As much as I love football, why is there a season? MLB has shown that a bubble is the only way to have some sort of control. It's shit like this that will cause the pandemic to be dragged out further and further and we will likely have to deal with the same situation next season

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MLB has had like zero major problems after the disastrous first two weeks or so.

A giants player literally just tested positive yesterday...

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One player here and there =/= season being a disaster.

They've been very good at identifying cases as they come up and isolating the spread to keep the season going.

I never said disaster, but the bubble clearly is the only way to prevent cases and spreading. A few cases here and there is what will cause CFB games to get postponed and then the craziness of trying to reschedule everything. Professional athletes at least have salaries and unions as incentive to be smart, especially after all the issues in the first few weeks of MLB. Colleges want the revenue even at the expense of players and staff getting sick

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There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

I would argue that a few high profile colleges getting outbreaks may help the overall attitude towards the pandemic

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I guess the whole team didn't get the message from the players only meeting earlier about the importance of social distancing and face masks to try and get a season in.

Stick it in...Stick it in...Stick it in

Or the disease was transmitted via a common surface? Or they got it at the grocery store? Or someone else not wearing a mask go to close to them? They could bee taking it very seriously and just have gotten unlucky.

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Possible, but not so likely. Yes, someone could be unlucky. Not the most usual transmission experience though.

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Without going down a COVID rabbit hole, as far as I know, the surfaces issue hasn't been changed from "don't think it's likely" that it could be spread that way. Maybe it IS surfaces (at least in some cases - it only takes 1 person getting sick to spread a pandemic in an otherwise contained group). It could be 90% of the players taking it seriously and the 10% who don't spreading it around. That's the thing that sucks - you can't have 90% or even 95% compliance and hope to have no cases. You basically need 100% buy-in to follow all the safety measures (masks), and even then, what about surfaces? Ugh. I just hope they get the team cases under control and we can play. Even if it's just ONE game so we can get the effing Commonwealth Cup back. If LOLUVA gets to keep it another year because we can't field a team, I'll be forced to do about what any of us can do. I'll bitch and moan and sulk for another year.

Me this morning, after reading the news.

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If the rumors from last night are correct, don't get too attached to that game, either

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cough cough

Fire guy

Dammit Ryan, cover your cough!

Well that situation escalated quickly. Can't fault anyone for being cautious, but it's obvious at this point that some schools are going to play regardless and some are going to err on the side of caution. 2020 blows in every way.

Anyone else a bit pissed off that most headlines are touting loluva's zero cases without giving the full story?! Clickbait has ruined journalism

They will have their cases. Our students came back earlier. This shit is exponential in populations that aren't socially distancing

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I totally understand that, but the headlines are fueling negative press towards VT when UVA will soon be in the same situation. Clickbait and other misleading tactics by journalists will always piss me off.

True journalism has been dead for years.

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

I beg to differ with you, Musky. True journalism is alive, but not as well as it used to be due to the idiocy of social media and the internet that leads folks to believe that everything they read is either the truth, or a damned lie. People interested in information can still find it, but it's just too hard for so many these days to look beyond that little box in their hand or a couple of channels on cable.

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True journalism is more hidden than you're suggesting.

A good bit of what we see in the media is more in the category of agenda advocacy, with little pretense of objectivity.

I suppose it's better than the social media stuff, in that it's at least based on real news.

Pro hint: Headlines are and have always been specifically designed to grab the attention so you'll read whatever, either in print or on line.
Pro tip: Do not click on clickbait. Problem solved.

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Honestly, I don't care.

We failed at handling and containing it and it's directly led to this outcome. Until we clean our own mess up, I don't care about them.

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Did VT fail or did many large government and non profit institutions fail first?

Let's not start this again. We had nineteen threads about it.

This thread was destined to devolve into finger pointing.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Please stop. Thank you!

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Things had already stopped. Commenting 3 hours after the fact and a nuke isn't helpful since the community had already self moderated.

Leonard. Duh.

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Woah, talk about a stealth use of the Sacred Banhammer!

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Leonard's profile done gone DNE

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First time I realized stupid comments like this go plaid, but in loluva colors.

First time I realized stupid comments against site rules and CG's like this go plaid, but in loluva colors.

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VT is failing. They need to send people home.

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What is the risk/benefit for sending them home? I mean the students, if positive, probably are under a more strict quarantine policy than they would be elsewhere. And we'd just be sending potential sick people out to areas all across VA and the mid-Atlantic and making it someone else's problem to have to deal with.

Student illnesses currently are very mild in general and are not leading to hospitalization. Though there are a large number of sick students, local health officials believe they are well cared for at VT. Sending students home basically seeds new outbreaks, or potentially endangers vulnerable family members. This is why Tech is not changing course. The situation will certainly get worse in the next couple of weeks in terms of case load, but there are too many variables at this point to know if anything will substantively change.

You have to think they gotta go 100% online at least though.

I doubt it will have much of a positive impact. Hardly anyone is on campus for class as it is. Going 100% online and keeping everyone in town potentially gives students more free time to do whatever (depending on if the class is asynchronous) or otherwise just keep them in their dorms almost 24/7, which is also not good.

I understand what you're saying, but I honestly think it's naive to think that money isn't the #1 reason they aren't sending people home

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IMO Money was the reason they had students come back to school. Fear of spreading the illness is the reason they are keeping kids there.

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In NC at least the students got a 14 day period to move out. If you aren't in contact tracing you go home. If you're quarantining you go home when it ends. If you're actually sick it was more flexible

To me it seems that we could give others the benefit of the doubt that we'd want if we were in their position.

I know it's not fashionable to do this in the age of the internet.

I agree. Everything I've seen points to a cluster fuck of monumental, historic even, proportions. I'm so pissed right now...and not because of a stupid football game...

UVA's numbers have been remarkable. They deserve credit. We failed.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Hit pause on that Opinion for about 10-14 days.

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Yep. We had practically no cases when classes started. UVA only just got back. Every school in the region is looking about the same. Radford started two weeks before VT and had a spike. Our care load is mirroring theirs, just in a two week delay. No one can or should claim victory because things look good at the moment.

They haven't had a positive case on their football team in six weeks. That is still much better than we are doing, evidently.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Since Tech doesn't release COVID number for teams how do you know Tech has had a player test positive? We can assume but you don't know.

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Fuente said himself we had positives and would struggle to field a team if we had to play this week.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

To follow-up and confirm, Babcock stated that there were positive cases. I am typing up some quotes now.

Not making excuses for our situation, but I think it's good that at least we're being up front about it. I think the zero cases thing on the o-so focused UVA team is a bit of propaganda coming from Bronco and his cronies, and the ESPN article is a bad look for us, making us look like a bunch of undisciplined wahoos compared to the real Wahoos. That's great, Bronco - now if only all that discipline translated into wins, he might have something.

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This virus takes time to propagate and spread and the last several months have shown it takes 2-4 weeks for positive case results to start showing up. Virginia Tech started in person classes on August 24. UVA started in person classes on September 8. Take a look at a calendar with those dates and timelines in mind and it might make sense.

If UVA is holding strong come October, then we can possibly consider patting them on the back.

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But don't ACTUALLY pat them on the back.

Wait is Tech still doing in person?

70% of classes are fully online, about 20% are hybrid, and 10% are fully in person (mostly labs).

I work in the UVA Health system, the students just came back, but I guarantee there are cases just starting to build. We have images here of students in the dining halls crowded together with no masks on. They've already had to shut down one dorm and convert it to quarantine in preparation for the numbers to climb. In the hospital, we're preparing for the increase in numbers, but as someone else said, it's a 7-14 day incubation time frame, and the students have barely been back 7 days.

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Looking at the schedules, NCSU is slated to plate at UVA on 10/10. I wonder if the ACC moves that game to next week to open up some options. If VT can't play on 9/26 then things really get tricky.

EDIT:

So this was like solving a puzzle but I think I figured out a potential option. This will result in 5 teams shuffling games around but the only game cancelled is Liberty @ VT (darn):

  • UVA @ Louisville moved to 9/26 (originally 11/7 - UVA Off - Louisville @ Pitt)
  • Miami @ VT moved to 10/31 (originally 11/14 - VT @ Louisville - Miami Off)
  • Pitt @ FSU moved to 10/31 (originally 11/7 - Off week for both
  • UVA @ VT rescheduled for 11/7 (originally 9/19 - Liberty @ VT cancelled - Uva @ Louisville)
  • Pitt @ Louisville moved to 11/7 (originally 9/26 - Louisville Open - Pitt @ FSU
  • VT @ Louisville moved to 11/14 (originally 10/31 - Miami @ VT - Louisville Off)

Hard to imagine it's even worth the shuffling at this point considering it's almost guaranteed multiple other teams will have similar issues in the near future.

Here's my proposal if the ACC wants to have a season (and frankly this sort of thing should've been developed and refined months ago). Two weeks before a game you have all athletes and staff tested. Teams then report their case and quarantine numbers. At that point, you tentatively schedule games for the following weekend based on teams' available. The. after the games, wait 3-5 days (I don't know the exact right number here) and do comprehensive testing again. Then schedule games for the following weekend. Probably repeat the testing early in the week and adjust again.

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I do not envy the athletic department logistics teams. Especially this year.

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Meanwhile we have Wake/Clemson on GameDay and groups of people congregating in the stadium. Nope I bet there wasn't one single suspected case on either team. Total garbage. Some people are just going to play, and some are going to cancel every week because of quarantining.

Wouldn't it be nice if the NCAA and the ACC had come up with a uniform set of standards?

I can't imagine anyone could've predicted this! /s

Exactly my point. Some people are going to just play regardless and don't GAF. Some are going to be hyper-cautious and cancel when someone sneezes. No consistency and total bullshit. If VT can't even field a football game with 1000 people in the stadium, then they have no business having students on campus. But of course they won't send students home. A bunch of optics and posturing.

I bet there wasn't one single suspected case on either team

Forgive me if I misunderstood your intent.

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They might not have them now. They got a lot of them out of the way early and I'm sure Dabo clamped down on them. Also I'm sure they don't have students back on campus. Could be mistaken but SC is so bad I'd doubt it

Everyone has and will - this will be all about timing

Oh well, it's just a game and I would rather us do the right thing and put player safety and health as the priority instead of playing the game. Who gives a shit what clemson are willing to do, this isn't about them it's about our AD and the people in charge making the correct call regardless of what effect it has on our teams success this year.

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Well ok then. I'm not fine with VT continually being on the losing end of things while other peer institutions are carrying on. The fact is other ACC teams are playing football and we aren't, and that is our fault. Bad headline when your star player opts out early on due to Covid concerns and today the headline on the ESPN ticker is our game postponed due to Covid issues with Virginia Tech. We need to either commit to doing what we need to do in order to play or just cancel the season. Unfortunately now I fear we will be in a cycle of getting our hopes up and pulling the plug at the last minute each week.

That's fine but to think we are the only ones out there with this issue would be narrow sighted. I get the frustration like you I'm kinda pissed but when I stepped back and thought about it they did the right thing whether it's bad press or good press it's the right decision. I'm disappointed like you are but I can see the logic in the decision and once I had a beer I'm more than fine to have this happen and not fear the bad look some people may feel we are giving ourself by making the right call.

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So it sounds like this is because of contact tracing/quarantining more so than "40 players have tested positive". Still confused as to what the point of testing players 3 times a week is if they have to quarantine anyway for 14 days (yes I know about the incubation period).

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For the best, imo. I've been having a hard time getting excited for VT football this season at all given the circumstances. I just don't really see how football can be played right now in the current climate.

Well, I for one was really excited to see VT football and was hoping for at least the season opener to occur. Too old to wish my life away, but right now I'm ready to skip forward a few months.
UVA may very well, and almost has to, have spikes with the return of students to campus, but until their football team starts having a spike as well, I'll continue to give Bronco and his program the credit they are due. Maybe they took it more seriously than we did, maybe it's all about the students returning, but we'll surely find out soon enough. Why would a student athlete go to Chipotles or any other establishment, or go to bars, or any other establishment when the season is on the line? You stay home, socially distance when you absolutely have to go out, wear a mask, and protect yourself, your teammates, your coaches, your roomies by practicing a little bit of self denial until this crisis is passed.
But I guess that's the difference between 70 and 21.

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Why would a student athlete go to Chipotles or any other establishment, or go to bars, or any other establishment when the season is on the line?

Because they are kids who want to have social lives. They arent any different from other college students around the country.

But really for me, I just don't think it is a safe idea to play football right now. That's why I can't get excited. Football just seems so...trivial right now. I cant bring myself to care.

Yeah, the devil made 'em do it, huh?
I agree that it just doesn't seem like a safe idea to play football now, though.

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Idk what you mean by the devil but im saying its going to happen whwn you put a bunch of kids together.

College students are adults only on the legal sense. Expecting them to not go to bars and parties is foolish. What did everyone think was going to happen? I remember when I was Invincible!

Where's the beef?

Um, that's exactly what I'm saying. They are college students just like everyone else at VT.

The thing is it's not just going to Chipotle or a bar or party. Maybe some of the guys have girlfriends. If you're dating, you're usually doing things that have high COVID risk, like kissing. Then all of a sudden, it's not just the players you have to expect to be very safe, it's their significant others'. And beyond that, the kids have to eat somewhere - and take masks off to do it. Unless they only got food to take back to their dorm rooms, there's risk there as well. We oversimplify everything. I can get enough food in my house so I don't have to go out for 2 weeks. Most college kids, especially if we're talking athletes, have to leave their rooms for food at LEAST 3 times a DAY, possibly 4 or 5 times. And in doing so, they have to rely on other people to wear masks and wear them properly (did you know that if you wear a mask under your nose, you can't give or get COVID. The scientists at "Dave's Used Tires and Scientific Research Labs" have confirmed it.

At first when I talked about dating, I was going to insinuate that nobody wants to date LOLUVA football players, which is why they're safe with no cases. Then I tangented, but thought I'd throw that in for everyone's general appreciation.

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Same here bud. Getting harder and harder to be a VT fan lately. Pioneering new ways of screwing everything up.

That would've been a sweet AppState uni video had they stopped at 0:13 seconds. After that it gets weird.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

I like App State's unis better than ours.

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Charge On!!

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Hey I just started my MPA there!

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Hey I've always got my JMU Dukes to fall back on!

Wait.....

Shit

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

I nominate for consideration of substitute team to watch and pull for ... Iowa State.

(1) They are playing now as I type (but man, they look rusty, especially the wide receivers)
(2) My dad went there after WWII and liked it
(3) Team was real bad for a long time, but has been rejuvenated with a young coach hired the same year as JF
(4) Hard-nosed team that is not a blue blood and does not get a lot of press but wins old-fashioned

Just wish their uniforms weren't so darn ugly.

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this aged well! lol

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at this rate we're going to be playing at the same time as the big10 and pac 12 in november-january

VT '17

Are you surprised?

not really, I just find it kind of funny, my wife is a anOSU fan so I follow them kinda closely and their fan base has been freaking out ever since the postponement wanting football to come back while kinda ignoring the fact that its not exactly going smoothly at the places trying to play, ultimately I could see everyone finishing at about the same time in february-march time frame

VT '17

Wouldn't be so bad. Those months truly suck so haven't something to look forward to during the winter time would be amazing.

and...snow football

VT '17

Since it's postponed, when do we think it gets played? Do we kick Liberty off the schedule, play UVA during their bye week, and whoever we were originally supposed to play that week gets played the weekend that was supposed to be Liberty?

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Duke announced yesterday that they are testing every student athlete daily. Are all ACC teams doing the same? Is VT?

I don't believe so. Daily testing solves a key problem, and it is the close contact for more than 15 minutes. Perhaps we had a large number of actual positive results, but at least at some other schools it was the close contact that resulted in the number multiplying with contact tracing.

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Well fuck. Sucks NFLlite cannot get it done. At least we have pro ball so the fall is not a complete wash

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Regardless of containing Covid, if our team had just contained Bryce Perkins last fall, then we would have possession of the Commonwealth Cup right now and I doubt this would be as big a deal. It's our own dang fault.

This is such an irresponsible response I don't know what to say, guess football coaches are going to be football coaches.

It won't matter to recruits. They eat this kind of stuff up

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I think I've typed 5 different response here but really I just can't believe someone with a brain would stoop to this level to try and gain some sort of perceived advantage.

They don't have to try very hard. We have been giving plenty of ammunition over the last few years to anyone who wants to claim there is a problem with leadership and accountability within Virginia Tech football.

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So are you for any level of personal responsibility or do you want coaches assigned to follow every player around every moment of their lives?

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It falls on both staff and players. Hearing players talk about holding each other accountable, then cases explode after Labor Day weekend, really makes all the words very hollow. Kind of like "NBA" and a storm is a' brewing, then we get housed by Duke at home.

This is like saying VW employees working in hybrid or electric vehicle divisions are all hypocritical scum because of the diesel emissions scandal.

Rapid transmission of this virus takes only a single person. Throwing the entire team and staff under the bus when you don't know the circumstances is irresponsible and reprehensible.

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I didn't say that I agreed at all (I don't), just mentioned that we've had a few high profile stories and incidents over the last few years that would lend someone to making this argument.

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Personally I don't think we need to continually fan the flames of negativity within our own fan community because it's easy enough to find it everywhere else you look. Emotions are running high but I'm so tired of seeing the same negative narratives emerge every time there is any news or discussion, so I'll step away and just enjoy watching games on TV today.

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Give it a week or so when UVA students are back on campus. They'll be in some trouble as well.

"Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones"

Who the hell us this guy? Is he talking at us?

GTFO

UVA OL coach

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Devil's Advocate: could be saying committing to your team and sacrificing by giving up the activities that you enjoy that would put you at risk of getting COVID

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Oh wait, he's a UVA coach, so never mind

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This asshole will be AWOL in 2-3 weeks when the Hoovers are postponing and moving games. The students just got back to campus and the covid-related numbers will jump there, like they are going at VT now.

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Definitely want to hold on to this tweet for a few weeks...

Couple of questions for Dr. Dickweed here:

1) how much are these players making vs you? Oh, so they need to sacrifice so you can make money....got it.

2) Discipline equals Freedom...no actually, it's doesn't. Maybe The Dean of Mr. Jefferson's university should hand this guy a dictionary.

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Be prepared to eat crow, Coach. This tweet will not age well.

Hoping for the best but resigned to the worst. This year headed to a crash and burn.

Well it looks like the Women's soccer game against UVA is still being played today. Definitely some major differences between the two teams so it's not apples to apples but it does make you wonder what the two teams are doing differently. I suspect in the end this going to come down to players holding each other accountable. Hopefully this is a wake up call.

Blame game with covid is a waste of energy. There are so many variables and it only takes a change to one small variable to change the dynamic.

Just because one school has a different dynamic today than another doesn't mean that won't change as the season goes on.

I think the message is that the VT-UVa soccer game today is still being played, so maybe the problem here is with VT football specifically, and not the entire school itself.

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Yeah, there are no inherent differences between soccer and football teams. Like I don't know... the shear number of people involved or the proximity to fellow athletes during team activities (practice, weight room).

I'm not saying there can't be improvements but the desire to turn every single thing into an indictment of Fuente is disgusting at this point.

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to turn every single thing into an indictment of Fuente is disgusting at this point.

I never said that it was.

You are reading what you want into my comments, and that says more about you than anything else

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there is a problem with leadership and accountability within Virginia Tech football.

Oh sorry you must have been referring to the equipment staff here. How silly of me.

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I was literally interpreting the previous comment, dipshit.

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For fuck's sake, would you both please stop. Come on.

does this mean he's not the ๐Ÿ—leg master๐Ÿ— anymore

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Would say it's down largely to roster sizes and how tight things can be kept.

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Soccer teams have way fewer players, coaches, and support staff to try to manage in terms of reducing potential exposure and spread. Also has way less contact during games.

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HeatherDinich: "I always knew VT was the sole creator and continued spreader of COVID-19."

/s

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I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

No One wants to be first.

And unfortunately, we are one of the first teams to have to postpone games and admit that Covid is a problem for our team.

But the likelihood is that there will be many more postponements/cancelations, ect. Even the "Uncommon" folks at UVa and their absolute toolbag of an OL coach will be affected sooner rather than later.

Ultimately, we are talking about a group of 100+ young people living in a community of predominantly other young people who may have minimal to zero symptoms of Covid..spread is inevitable.

The only logical way to preserve a CFB season is to completely isolate in a "bubble" environment, but that simply just isn't realistic for many (if any) programs--essentially impossible for schools that have opened up campuses.

It's not Fuente, Babcock, or VT Administration's fault.

I will be shocked if this season (for all teams) survives beyond week 4.

Well stated. Let's not forget NC State's own issues with COVID had already spurned the rescheduling of this week's game. WVU has 11 players suspended for violating rules almost certainly related to the risk of virus spread. GA Southern has 33 players out, many related to the virus. VT fans are hyper sensitized to perceived negative media attention right now, and much of it for good reason, but there's enough evidence to recognize this is a pervasive issue that is going to affect every single football program sooner or later.

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Totally agree on the blame part - vicious cycle that is never productive.

I agree, but hope we are wrong in that the season survives. Much of the CDC data and flu season projections are pretty grim and make football seem very unlikely to be sustainable for now.

Just had to log off of everything except here at this point - even muting stuff wasn't working. We were just getting absolutely lambasted from every angle for this online from all the residents of the peanut gallery. Couldn't take it anymore. At least there's some (expected) sanity here on TKP.

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Take solace in VT making the right decision. Everyone is disappointed and / or pissed, I imagine the players most of all. Let's think positive things, like, well, UNC struggling as a "playoff contender."

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Wait, wait, wait. You are really trying to say a YouTube video is an article? With the "author" who is a chemical engineer? Please tell me you are not trying to use this as "evidence" for anything in the pandemic debate. Because I must have missed the epidemiology classes you have to take in a chemical engineering degree. Keep this shit off of here. This is not Facebook.

Let's see how the moderators deal with this.

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Well, OP is now at -116 so that account is effectively dead.

EDIT: Annnnddd he's gone.

Nope.

RIP in peace your account.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I would think that the scientific literacy of Virginia Tech fans would be high enough to zero out the likelihood of junk like this being spread, but here we are.

I really want to watch VT football, but at the same time, I just haven't felt the excitement and joy as I have in previous years to the lead up of the start of even just the regular CFB season. I love college football and like many of you have multiple games on at once every Saturday, but this year is just different. I don't think I'm planning on any games happening until the opening kickoff is in the air. It just seems like an expect the worst but hope for the best kind of year and that sucks.

Go Hokies.

I mean, would you expect any less of your rival? Not really a bad look for VT. Losing is a bad look but not this.

Kinda' funny if you ask me.

They get to keep it a few weeks longer on a technicality, not because they've won anything. Nice mask on the cup, though. That's pretty funny. I wouldn't say it's a bad look for VT, but, it will be a bad look for UVA in, oh, a few days...a week tops.

That's not a mask on the cup, it's a blindfold and a ransom note stuck inside. The only thing missing is a copy of the days newspaper. We must rescue the Cup from that hellhole that is a uva football facility.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

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PSA: avoid r/cfb right now. It's a lot of self-righteous UVA fans talking shit and the FIRE FUENTE vt crowd spiraling.

You lost me with the phrase "a lot of UVa fans." Lol.

Everyone needs to calm down. The Hoos win one game against VT and all of a sudden their "fanbase" comes out all 15 strong to talk crap on social media. Good for them, must make it easier to forget that they got clowned on a National Stage the following weeks.

Truth be told, VT has bigger fish to fry, even in our own division. Ignore UVa..they are about to slink back into obscurity without Perkins.

r/cfb and r/collegebasketball are half the reason I quit reddit, WAY to many obnoxious hoos especially on cbb

Whew, that thread is just garbage takes all around.

I TRIED TO WARN YOU.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Let's see him back pedal in 2-3 weeks. Seriously, are they not understanding Tech is 2 weeks ahead of them it's students returning.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Can one of our DLine please wreck this troll if/when we do play.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Tough to play football with only 2OL who either weren't positive or didn't have contact trace issues.

ACC requires 7 scholarship OL to be active VT wasn't close.

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Welp... that'll do it for sure.

Health wise, that's not great. Big men who are intentionally well over their healthy weight are at most risk for severe health problems with the myocarditis.

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LOLUVA really wearing their 1-15 record proudly.

Is coronavirus over yet?

Have we done a Hatin On 2020 yet?

I think we have all been hatin' on 2020 for months now. LancerHokie has already said she is burning the calendar on New Year's Eve.

There were 19 threads of it............sigh.

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So if Tech's season gets cancelled who are we rooting for? I'll probably just root for Appy State or the Sub Belt as a unit

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Well, after those classy, non-dickhead, extremely-grown-up, intelligent and thoughtful tweets from our neighbors...you know, those tweets that were praising us for at least being up front and not hiding-but-knowingly infecting another team (looking at you UNC after seeing the numbers and reading your own student-written article)...the same tweets that really embraced the "this could happen to anyone, including us as early as tomorrow" and "we-understand-that-it-could've-been-as-simple-as-someone-checking-out-at-a-grocery-store-then-taking-it-to-the-locker-room-before-ANYONE-knew" tweets from UVa, I'll be rooting for the Cavali--

Oh wait...they didn't do that?
Oh wait...it wasn't JUST their fans tweeting bullshit, but their actual coaches and players, too? Puke.
Oh wait...they were utter and complete "we're better than you" pricks whose glass house could crumble tomorrow?

Well, Virginia is going to Virginia. I'll root for Vanderbilt or something, I guess.

Honestly, I hope they don't get Covid and Bronco has some secret formula that everyone else can end up copying...but seriously...their representation (I would say "online-representation," but since their own coaches and players joined in on the "shaming") is reprehensible as far as being even remotely decent human beings...

So I have a question. With contact tracing, if a football player was in an in person class with a student who later tested positive, could that player be quarantined? I imagine any in person class would try to keep students as far apart as possible and wear masks, but at a certain point, you're still sitting in a room with people.

Also, forgive me if Tech has moved away from in person classes or something. I'm just thinking about contact tracing and quarantine might work.

Depends on the circumstances. Just being in the room wouldn't do it. Close contact (inside 6ft for more than 15 minutes if wearing a mask) would probably warrant a quarantine and a test. 5 day quarantine to account for incubation, then test.

it's just disappointing we had 3 - 4 weeks after the NC State postponement to get this right...just unfortunate when so many teams are playing.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Yeah, I can't figure this out. Once JMU began to see cases they shut everything down and went online. I don't live in Blacksburg so I don't know what's going on, but sheesh...

Is coronavirus over yet?

35 out of 130 FBS teams are playing this week. If it was 100+ FBS programs or even just the entire ACC other than VT, that line of thinking would make a lot more sense. We should acknowledge:
1) Almost every team, if not every one, is missing players this week due to coronavirus.
2) NC State, UNC, and Clemson all had outbreaks already that just happened to take place earlier.
3) We aren't the first and won't be the last team to postpone a game due to coronavirus.

Everyone is disappointed that we aren't playing yet but our fan base seems to be missing the forest for the trees today.

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Agreed.

Another way to say it - we weren't first and we certainly will not be last for this to happen.

Yep Oklahoma has supposedly 17 players out tonight.

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I'm not missing anything, but no worries.

I get two more weekends of sitting on the beach without having near heart attacks watching us play!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Wasn't necessarily directed at you as much as the collective response I've seen online today.

Anyway let's all hope it's only two more weekends (if I'm being honest I'd bet the over though). Certainly sounds like you've got the right idea relaxing at the beach.

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BYU-Army game originally set for Sept. 19 has been postponed due to COVID-19 results within the BYU program. And now they are on the chopping block for the Twitter/Reddit horde. The comments on Twitter are trash. That didn't take long at all for the "VT won't be the last" program to prompt a game being postponed.

I think we'll learn a lot from this. This is the first outbreak after a game has been played. If Navy players are COVID free a week after playing BYU, I think this bodes well for a football season (and for the B10 as well). However, if Navy has an outbreak soon, and there's reasonable evidence that it's tied to BYU, well, that's the kind of thing that could take down the college football season for everyone (for now).

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Fwiw, BYU did have to travel to Annapolis for the game. Could have picked up cases anywhere and anytime in the past couple of weeks.

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Memphis and Arkansas State both had outbreaks after playing one another. Memphis had to postpone its next game and Arkansas State was without 13 players this past week. I've seen surprisingly little discussion about their outbreaks possibly being related.

Anyone see this from ESPN? https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/29869698/acc-postpone-f...

3rd from the last paragraph: "So far, two ACC games have been postponed because of coronavirus considerations, both involving Virginia Tech."

While true, there is zero mention of NCST in the article at all. This was (obviously) updated AFTER our UVa postponement. Again, no mention of NCST being the canceling party of the first game.......and to be fair, we likely would have canceled had they not, but ESPN decided to conveniently gloss over that...

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills and creating conspiracies, but....does this not seem like a direct and purposeful slight? It's intentionally misleading and piling on at worst, and harmfully irresponsible/bad reporting at best.

Someone tell me I'm being dumb because I honestly hope that I am. I've just been so frustrated with everything surrounding our football for a while now, maybe I'm taking this out of context...

It's typical of ESPN. Earlier today they misreported on espn/ABC that the game was rescheduled for the 26th.

In today's world of perception and recurring overreactions it is shoddy reporting at the least and a slanted report at worst.

Tirico kept saying the game was cancelled instead of saying it was postponed. It is one of those things where it's not that big of a deal, but it is a big deal because cancelling and postponing are two quite different things.

Yea I was displeased by this as well. My Clemson friend got a push notification saying "Conference could postpone football season if fewer than eight teams can play according to document released by Virginia Tech."

Doesn't paint us in a good light to begin with, then when you read the article it makes it seem like we've been the cause of 2 cancellations... Everything written was factually true, but it's written in a way that insinuates we're at fault. I hope someone in our athletic department is having a conversation with ESPN about this.

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Granted NC State was the cause of our postponment yesterday from a few weeks ago. But...had they not been the cause, we still would have had to cancel because our situation. End of the day, VT couldn't suit up Sept 12 or 19. Nobody else to blame for that. Media gonna media, but we didn't help ourselves.

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Exactly. End of the day, it's on us. Yes it's happening elsewhere and bound to happen again, but again other teams played yesterday, including some who had significant numbers out. If it's true that we didn't even have enough linemen to play, that's extremely concerning. Players need to commit to doing what they need to stay out of quarantine. And maybe we need to rethink having traditional position rooms and keep groups of players at different positions in groups to minimize catastrophic results like yesterday.

I'm legit concerned about the NC St game at this point, and if we are in this week-to-week mode of uncertainty, it's unfair and stressful to everyone involved. Also if we don't play until October, some games unfortunately will have to be dropped, and we will be playing our first against a team with a few under their belt. After hearing so many good things the last month, yesterday felt like a major and sudden gut punch. Frustrating and disappointing to say the least.

Yes, you are taking crazy pills lmao. Why do so many people here constantly think media is out to get VT? We are so irrelevant that no one would have a vendetta against us. I'm sure they just say a pattern, knew nothing about the situation in general, and decided to jump on that so that they would appear to have something to say.

Maybe if they didn't keep doing things like spelling "Virginia" wrong in a graphic for Virginia Tech versus Virginia when they only spell
It wrong for the Hokies. Or constantly getting our players graphics wrong. Or putting UVA colors over the Hokies name etc etc etc /s

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Thank you lol!

Honestly, I agree, full on conspiracy is stupid. However, it really does feel like every remote opportunity that there is to shit on us, it is done. I almost wrote what you did about how we're so irrelevant at this point there literally can't be a conspiracy, but it gave me the sads.

Also specifically the football talking heads have expressed openly many times how much they love the VT football program. Perhaps they've forgotten that video of the Gameday crew (which seemed like after they had a few cocktails) lamenting the fall of VT in 2018 because they cared about VT's place in college football, Lane, the fans, so much.

However, every fanbase have people who play this victim complex thing in regards to ESPN/sports media. Bama fans always comment that the only replays they get on TV are from their losses. Clemson fans think everyone in the entire world is trying to discredit them always, despite the fact that ESPN has gone out of its way to complement, prop up, and give them Gameday constantly (even when it's not deserved like last night, or BC in 2018). The tribal nature of sports fandom leads to this kind of us against the world victim thing.

Low key... *If* we play Duke, I'm kind of worried. Not playing a cupcake to shake off the rust, and Duke having a couple in-conference games to work out kinks worries me some. Maybe I'm over thinking it, .. But I have watched some shitty football this weekend lol

At this point, regardless of who we play first, they will have that distinct advantage.

Is coronavirus over yet?

Unless they catch cases before playing us. I noted above, but it's going to be interesting to see where we are after 1 week of football. If we see high transmission rates across teams, the season will be over (or postponed indefinitely) in the next 2-3 weeks. On the other hand, if players can spend 4 hours on a football field together, doing high intensity activity, and we see little to no transmission, that's pretty exciting news, both for the football season, and for the world's battle against the virus.

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I think it's a little ridiculous how many people are so doom and gloom about our whole season being cancelled now. A month ago it was Clemson, UNC, Notre Dame in the exact situation we are now, they just didn't have games on the direct horizon at the time that needed to be shifted like we do now. They all played this week and Notre Dame even had fans in their stadium on top of that. We will still play this year, just give it a couple weeks.

I'm less concerned with whether or not we will be able to play games in a few weeks, and more concerned that we will not be able to make up both games, especially if another team forces a cancellation against us. My secondary concern is the substantial rust most of the teams have seemed to show in game 1, which makes sense. As a result, we may be having our "rusty" first game after other teams have already played a couple games. That could put us behind the 8ball a little bit in early matchups.

If we are being real, assuming we play, there will be losses directly attributed to starters being out this season. Rust seems to be a lesser concern. This season is not going to carry much meaning in the long run.

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

This season is going to carry no meaning in the long run except if we take the cup back. But that will be the only meaning.

I believe this is true, but I do want the cup back.

Lots of smack talk and bravado from the Yahoo fan base. VT is scared, UVA team has no positive cases and VT team and program have no commitment or control. Well if uVA has no positive cases on their team, perhaps we've found that Zima is the cure for Covid.

Or they're just good at hushing things up. /s

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Seems to me VT is doing the right thing, but they need to get back inside their COVID-free bubble. I'm a little surprised it wasn't more COVID-proofed from the beginning, but I don't know the details.

The sad bit is that I was psyched for this game, and really wanted to get that cup back before the season imploded.

I was expecting this, but not this soon.

I'm a little surprised it wasn't more COVID-proofed from the beginning

I wish we knew our numbers, then I would have a better response. For all we know, only a few people have tested positive, but many have been quarantined as a precaution.

Maybe we actually handled it pretty well. Look at clemson, approx half their team tested positive BEFORE students were back on campus! They'd have to have almost no protocols in place for that to happen.

Caleb Farley blasted our handling of it in the summer.

That was quite a while ago now (6 weeks?), and as far as we know, there were no cases on our team until recently. So maybe our precautions really weren't that bad. Just can't say for sure, since we don't release numbers.

there were no cases on our team until recently/blockquote>

Not true.... Just leave it at that

I'm not saying I'm confident VT's season happens, but the ACC and VT have established protocols in place to be able to deal with the inevitable canceled games and spikes in cases. They need to stay true to them and not overreact to what was already expected. Nearly every school has seen a spike after students got to campus, but in most cases the cases have ticked back down to manageable levels over time. So long as VT is not overwhelming their predetermined surge capacity for quarantining, hospitalization, and their contact tracing capabilities, they need to stay true to their original plan despite all of twitter's "hot takes". Sure, sending the students home as soon as cases begin to spike is the best thing for football, but it is far from the best thing to do for the country as a whole. Be patient, weather the storm, and maybe we get some football.

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Months ago, I'd accepted there would be no season. Then the schedule was released and we were getting closer and closer to kick off against NC State...then it was postponed...and I thought, "well damn, gotta wait one more week"...then UVA was "postponed"....

I don't know why I let my hopes up, I knew we wouldn't have a season months ago.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I'm guessing the handling of Covid this season is going to be nearly directly proportional to the other aspects of head coaching. the great ones- Saban, Dabo, Riley will handle it better than the mediocre ones. IIWII. I fully understand a virus doesn't discrimintate, but some coaches will be better prepared...JUST like they are in normal times compared to others.

the great ones- Saban, Dabo, Riley will handle it better than the mediocre ones.

Or these programs have more to lose ($$$) if there is no football and are better equipped at sweeping things under the rug. Coaches are having to tip toe a fine line of pleasing Boosters but also keeping their players healthy. I wouldn't be surprised if we later find out that some 'critical' players continued to play for some teams while testing positive.

Kinda depends on how/if covid spread between teams during the game. If Bama can get the virus by just playing South Carolina, there's not much Saban can do.

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Dabo's Plan was apparently to let everyone on the team get infected before the games start and hope they can't get sick again. Not sure that national titles and effective public health planning go hand in hand.

Hey 2007 game v hoos is on ACC network right now.

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Right on schedule...

UVA starting to get COVID

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FYI - That number jumped by 52 positive cases among students as of yesterday's update. The quarantine rooms jumped to 15% occupied from 11%.

Also of note, the avg time to return a result (pos or neg) jumped from about 22 hours to about 29 hours, meaning they've been slammed with tests. It's not just the 188 students from the dorm where they found 5 cases that sparked the article linked in the above post.

I know when I have to go to campus next week for work, I am being even more careful than normal...

sad and predictable. Its like a VT offense /s

this is going to keep happening anywhere a large number of people gather for prolonged periods of time, even with things like masks and distancing mitigating risk somewhat. Reading r/CFB, people are super excited for the conferences coming back to football, but even with new types of rapid testing, its going to be a mess everywhere.

I sincerely hope people enjoy the games we get to see. I think that they are going to be sporadic at best.

#Uncommon

Curious if we hear anything about the N.C. State game one way or the other today or tomorrow. Pretty sure there wasn't a peep about the UVA game being in jeopardy until rumors started last Friday afternoon and then full cancellation by Sunday morning. If the team is still (currently) in danger of not playing you would think we'll hear about it today or tomorrow at the latest.