Thursday, September 7
Hokies decide they won't play either

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech, washed out of its season-opener with Georgia Tech and left in limbo as the Black Coaches Association sought a replacement for the Yellow Jackets in a makeup, said Friday it won't play, either.

Virginia Tech athletics director Jim Weaver said he informed the BCA on Wednesday that if the Yellow Jackets didn't want to play, the No. 11 Hokies probably wouldn't either.

Georgia Tech said Wednesday it wasn't interested in making up the game on Dec, 1, as had been suggested. The Friday night game would have come six days after the Yellow Jackets take on Georgia and the Hokies play Virginia in emotional rivalry games.

"To extend our season an additional week for a contest that will now expose our student athletes and fans to an entirely new set of unknown circumstances is not in the best interest of the Virginia Tech football program and this university," Weaver said.

Tech made the decision Thursday and is attempting to work with the Gazelle Group, promoters of the game, on a plan to allow the BCA to realize its expected $300,000 in revenue from the game, Weaver said.

Tech proposed making an effort with its fans to generate money for the BCA through donations from tickets refunds and already realized concessions, he said.

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