In the wake of the early morning postponement of the Hokies' Commonwealth Cup battle against Virginia, Whit Babock fielded questions in an impromptu Zoom call with reporters. In order to provide a candid look at the conversation, I transcribed almost all of the 25-minute call, the high points (which was most everything) with relevant context. Babcock touched on a wide range of topics relevant to the cancelation and how Tech moves forward with its season.
Internally the ACC has a few data touch points — e.g. teams must have seven healthy offensive linemen — but the league does not have a pure numbers protocol.
"We just had a significant number of young people out because of positive tests, yes, but also quarantining, and then our young people that were coming out of that, by the time they could come back and be cleared to play might only be a day or two before the UVA game, and with cardiovascular, the extra care we take on heart conditions, it exceeded beyond that."
There was no gamesmanship by Tech.
"There was none of that here. If we could line up and play, we would respect the game and line up and play with whoever we have."
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