The email came in at 7:48 p.m. last night, courtesy of Virginia Tech’s sports information department. Subject line: “Virginia Tech injury update from Mike Goforth.”
These bulletins typically are fairly benign. Somebody’s out a week or two. A fifth-stringer is having surgery.
Not this time. This time, it’s five bullet points. The exact dispatch:
Offensive lineman Mark Shuman: “Mark Shuman has a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. We are looking to do surgery on him early next week. We’ll be talking to his parents tonight and getting a plan together. It’s the same knee he’s had scoped before. He’s actually torn the meniscus before in a different location. It’s a four to six week recovery period and we expect him back full.”
Outside linebacker Ronny Vandyke: “Ronny needs surgery on his right shoulder. We are waiting to talk to his mom to get a surgical plan, but it will keep him out six to eight months, so he will miss the remainder of the season and will be probable for spring ball.”
Running back Tony Gregory: “Tony Gregory has re-torn his left ACL. He will evaluate his options over the next couple of days, but his career at Virginia Tech is effectively over.”
Running back J.C. Coleman: “J.C. has a left high ankle sprain and a right regular ankle sprain. We’re hoping to get him back in less than two weeks, but that’s very optimistic. We think he’ll be ready and back in time for the Alabama game. He’s working hard to get back as soon as he can.”
Offensive lineman Augie Conte: “Augie has an ankle sprain in his left ankle. It shouldn’t take long at all. I don’t know if he’ll scrimmage Saturday, but if he doesn’t scrimmage Saturday, there’s no reason he can’t be back full on Monday.”
Well, then. As Andy notes, next up on the depth chart at whip linebacker are walk-ons Josh Trimble and Derek DiNardo.
Not the news Tech fans wanted to hear. Andy will have a chat at 12:30 p.m. today if you want to commiserate.
Fox Sports 1 launches tomorrow, and ESPN scoffs. “We bought up a lot of beachfront property,” ESPN President John Skipper said. No doubt, but you also have 75 shows that focus exclusively on Tebow, Brady, and LeBron.
The American public tends to have remarkably different tastes than I do — the topics that trend on Twitter are constant reminders of that — but I really hope this channel is good enough that people give it a chance and it makes a dent in the ESPN empire. Roanoke native Ronde Barber will be part of the NFL studio show.
Speaking of me being out of touch with what the majority wants: You win, majority! Baseball will expand replay. Challenges…yuck. Can’t wait to cheer/boo rulings instead of reacting immediately to in-the-moment outcomes. Makes sports so much more fun.
NAME THAT TUNE
Standin outside on a [name of song], livin’ on the edge
‘Cuz we all got them hard heads
It’s seems like we all are waitin’
For a drive-by
Playin’ tag with Satan
But we chillin’
Yeah we ready and willin’
You hear about tha latest westside killin’?
Get the grip in