(Tuesday, 7:48 a.m.) Given that there’s been some discussion about this already and there isn’t a ton of other news out there, I’m leaving the Tech schedule up as the lead item for today. Tuesday’s news/notes are at the bottom.
The biggest Tech fan I know told me he thought Tech fans would be “ultra [ticked]” with this schedule. The home slate does seem to lack pizzazz. Let me know what you think.
Aug. 31 vs. Alabama in Atlanta — You knew about this one. And you will soon tire of reading about it.
Sept. 7 Western Carolina — Good chance for new offensive staff to flex muscles; Catamounts gave up an average of 41 points per game last year.
Sept. 14 at East Carolina — This trip is back on after the ACC decided not to go to a nine-game conference schedule.
Sept. 21 Marshall — Thundering Herd gave up 43 points per game last year — but did average 40 themselves.
Sept. 26 (Thursday) at Georgia Tech — Tech’s only Thursday nighter. No Blacksburg showcase on the slate.
Oct. 5 North Carolina — A couple of extra days for the Hokies to prepare for the Tar Heels, who face East Carolina the previous week.
Oct. 12 Pittsburgh — Revenge opportunity for Hokies in Blacksburg after Panthers handed Tech its first of six losses in 2012.
Oct. 26 Duke — Improving program, but this is one Hokies fans prefer to have on the road. The trip is short and tickets typically are plentiful in Durham.
Nov. 2 at Boston College — Never an easy place for Tech to play, as last year demonstrated once again.
Nov. 9 at Miami — Well, I won’t complain about going back here a second straight year. But I’m sure Tech fans would rather have this one at home.
Nov. 16 Maryland — ACC/Big Ten showdown!
Nov. 30 at Virginia — Hokies aim to have bowl bid locked up before Commonwealth Cup game this year. Either way, they’ll have bye week to ponder matchup while Wahoos play Miami on Nov. 23.
OTHER STUFF FOR TUESDAY
-Andy has more about the lack of a Thursday night game at Lane Stadium here. It’s the first time since 2001 that’s happened.
-Bruce Taylor had the slowest official 40 time (5.01 seconds) of any linebacker at the NFL combine. Andy has all of Taylor’s results here. I know Taylor will shine in the interviews — he was the Hokies’ MVP in that department — but the raw numbers aren’t too pretty. Hope he gets a chance somewhere.
-Doughty looks at the 2013 Virginia sked that includes eight home games, plus reports that UVa has added games against Boise State in 2015 and ’17.
-Tomorrow night’s Tech basketball game at No. 5 Miami won’t be televised live. CSN will carry the same-day recording at 10 p.m.
-Sunday’s Daytona 500 got its highest overnight TV rating since 2006.
-Kansas coach Bill Self earns his 500th win as his team tops Iowa State in overtime (following a controversial finish to regulation.)
-Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton 3-2 in overtime to extend their season-opening streak with at least one point to 19 games.
-(Reach, reach) Where’s that bottom of the barrel?…ah, here it is…The Bullets have won seven of their last 10. If they were still called the Bullets, I’d be excited that my childhood team was getting its act together.
-Saw this nugget in transactions: MLB announced the retirements of umpires Ed Rapuano, Tim Tschida and Derryl Cousins while announcing the promotions of Jim Joyce, Ted Barrett and Fielden Culbreth to crew chiefs. A good reminder that umpires have some awesome names. Godspeed, Tim “Cheetah.”
NAME THAT TUNE
Let’s go with a a good ol’ fashioned ’80s Monster Ballad today. Hint: Think lots of hair.
When light goes down, I see no reason
For you to cry
We’ve been through this before
In every time, in every season,
God knows I’ve tried
So please don’t ask for more
Can’t you see it in my eyes
This might be our last goodbye…