** Athletic director Jim Weaver said last night on the Tech Talk Live radio show that Virginia Tech had sold a little under 3,000 tickets to the Russell Athletic Bowl of the school’s allotment of 13,500.
Those are low numbers, but with a 6-6 team, an unenthusiastic fan base and a destination where flights are not cheap, it’s not surprising. Tech is selling tickets for $72 on its website. Tickets on Stubhub.com right now are going for as low as $4.
The Hokies are responsible for selling 6,000 of their ticket allotment and partially responsible for 2,000 more. The ACC eats the cost of unsold tickets beyond that.
Ticket sales to bowl games have been a struggle for Virginia Tech the last few years. Through the school, the Hokies sold a little more than 3,300 tickets for the 2009 Orange Bowl against Cincinnati, around 6,500 for the 2011 Orange Bowl against Stanford and 9.877 of its allotment of 17,000 for last season’s Sugar Bowl against Michigan.
** Weaver also mentioned briefly that he hopes to have a new scoreboard in Lane Stadium next year, pending a deal with IMG. It sounds like the details are not finalized yet.
** When Virginia Tech confirmed a 2-for-1 scheduling agreement with Old Dominion on Tuesday, it also revealed a few other non-conference games on its future schedules page. They include:
- 2018: vs. William & Mary (Sept. 1)
- 2019: vs. Charlotte (Aug. 31)
- 2021: vs. Richmond (Sept. 4)
William & Mary and Richmond are FCS teams. The Hokies last played William & Mary in 2007 and open the 2014 season against the Tribe. Tech hasn’t played Richmond since 1986. Charlotte’s football program begins play in 2013 and has an agreement to be in the Conference USA in 2015.
Weaver said he had an agreement in place to play a home-and-home against Louisville in 2018-19 that is no longer applicable, since the Cardinals will soon be members of the ACC. He also said he’s had talks with an unnamed Big Ten team for a home-and-home in 2020-21. Those talks were put on hold because of expansion, but he intends to revisit them soon.
** Virginia Tech hasn’t had any representation on the five officially recognized All-American teams, but two Hokies got an honorable mention by Sports Illustrated.
Cornerback Antone Exum and kicker Cody Journell both got recognized by the magazine, which had a first and second team, then an honorable mention. Exum was one of 13 defensive backs in the honorable mention category. Journell was one of nine kickers.