SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP. In Andy’s story today, where he talks to Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver about Weaver’s request not to have any home Thursday night games this year, this quote is included (emphasis mine):
“It’s tough when you have children on a Thursday night,” said Weaver, who didn’t solicit input from athletic department officials or survey fans in making his decision. “If they’re driving any distance, they’re probably going to miss Friday classes in school. … Our fans have been so great and so supportive of the Thursday night game and the Thursday night exposure has been very, very good for Virginia Tech. I just felt we needed to give them a chance to have a season where it’s normal in terms of the fan participation.”
See the part that doesn’t add up? He’s supposedly making this request on behalf of the fan base, yet according to this story, he didn’t ACTUALLY ASK the fan base what it wanted.
In David Teel’s blog post that O.J. linked yesterday, Teel also points out that no fan survey was conducted.
“We just decided after our Thursday night home game last year against Florida State,” Weaver told Teel. “We just thought it was in the best interests of the Hokie Nation.”
So, Hokie Nation, does he know what’s in your best interest?
I know one thing: The fraction of the Hokie Nation that posts here doesn’t seem to think so — on a lot of issues, not just this one. But admittedly, this represents a mere fraction. So why not ask the people you’re supposedly protecting what they want?
I think Crooked Road nailed it yesterday when he argued this is largely about game prep (comment No. 61 here). Frank Beamer loves his routine — Monday’s always a certain way, Tuesday’s a certain way, etc. — and Thursday nighters disrupt that routine. If the ground under you starts feeling shakier than usual, and a 7-6 season will do that, you want to lean on that comforting routine even more. I think that’s at the heart of this.
But that’s not what Weaver said. Weaver said he’s doing it for you, the fan, because you want it that way. You deserve it.
Look. ADs shouldn’t be expected to conduct a fan survey every time they want to make a decision. That’s not feasible. But if you’re going to publicly explain your decision as doing the fans a favor, you really ought to find out what kind of favors they’d prefer.
WEDNESDAY’S OTHER NOTES
-Tonight’s Tech-Miami basketball game will be televised live after all. My19 (WDBJ Digital 7.2) will air it at 7 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled Maryland-Georgia Tech game. Berman previews the Tech game here.
-Three fans injured during the Nationwide crash at Daytona are considering a lawsuit.
-Top-ranked Indiana falls to Minnesota 77-73. No. 8 Florida also loses, falling at Tennessee.
-Jackie Bradley Jr., the star of last year’s Salem Red Sox club, has five hits in his first nine at-bats at big league camp.
NAME THAT TUNE
I took a drive today
Time to emancipate
I guess it was the beatings made me wise
But I’m not about to give thanks, or apologize
I couldn’t breathe
Holdin’ me down
Hand on my face
Pushed to the ground
United by fear
Forced to endure
What I could not forgive…