Twitter was abuzz last night with comments Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver made about the SEC last night on the Hokies’ weekly radio show Tech Talk Live, but it appears they were taken out of context.
I didn’t hear the show myself, so I was a little shocked when tweets began popping up saying Weaver had said Virginia Tech had “potential interest” in the SEC. The Hokies athletic director chooses his words very carefully and it would be surprising if he made that bold of a declaration in public.
Thanks to Bill Roth, the voice of the Hokies and host of the radio show, I got to listen to the audio. Here’s the full question and answer in context:
Roth: Finally, and then we’re going to go to other things, we just won an overtime game, it’s UVa week, got an unbeaten basketball team, but I’m going to ask this anyway: Mike Slive and the SEC say they’re going to start their own network. If they follow the Big Ten model and want to get East Coast schools, do you anticipate Virginia Tech being contacted for that league?
Weaver: Wow. That’s hard one. I’ve really never thought about it, because the discussion has just come about, obviously in the last two or three days. I’m going to have to defer my answer on that, if I can, because I haven’t really given it any thought. I think there could potentially be some interest, but I don’t know how much if any.
Hearing the whole thing, it’s pretty clear Weaver was referencing if the SEC would have interest in Virginia Tech, not the other way around. And even then, he hedged quite a bit. I have a call in to Weaver, who, based on quotes he gave David Teel of the Daily Press late last night, will probably reiterate that Virginia Tech isn’t going anywhere.
Now, what does that mean? In the grand scheme of conference realignment, not a whole lot. These things usually don’t play out in the public’s eye. News of Maryland’s departure from the ACC didn’t break until the school was essentially ready to vote on the matter.
But as for Weaver expressing publicly that Virginia Tech has interest in leaving the ACC for the SEC, that didn’t happen last night.