|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,
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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