A-Mac’s bowl guide, some injury updates and a look at the payouts involved in non-conference scheduling
** Aaron McFarling and I did another podcast this week. If you missed it yesterday, here’s a link.
** Aaron teases his annual bowl guide in the podcast. Well, here it is in full, picking against the spread in all 35 bowl games … for recreational purposes of course. It’s an entertaining and potentially lucrative read.
Spoiler: he likes Notre Dame at +10 in the BCS title game against Alabama. (And yes, we both Googled “rubberband banks” to produce the picture on our posts.)
** Trainer Mike Goforth gave a few injury updates to Frank Beamer‘s website the other day. He said tackle Nick Acree, safety Michael Cole, receiver D.J. Coles, fullback Riley Beiro, center Andrew Miller and punter Ethan Keyserling are all out for the bowl game.
He said the team will start to bring Coles (knee) along in terms of running routes. Acree (knee) and Beiro (shoulder) will be able to run. Miller (ankle) is still in a boot and on crutches. The team is taking all the precautions going forward with Cole’s neck injury.
Offensive linemen David Wang and Caleb Farris, who were both in blue, limited jerseys Thursday, are being eased in. Wang also has a shoulder issue. Defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins‘ knee has been bothering him.
Receiver Kevin Asante (toe), linebacker Alonzo Tweedy (shoulder) and safety Kyshoen Jarrett (shoulder) are also working through some pain.
** When Virginia Tech and Old Dominion announced their future 2-for-1 scheduling agreement, they also revealed the financial terms of the deal.
When the Monarchs come to Blacksburg in 2016, they’ll be paid $175,000. When the Hokies go to Norfolk in 2018, they’ll get the same figure. Virginia Tech will pay ODU $375,000 for coming back to Blacksburg in 2019.
That’s about the going rate for lower-end non-conference games. While some FBS teams from middle-of the-pack conferences command larger payouts that can even exceed $1 million, Virginia Tech has been able to keep down the cost of those one-time deals in its scheduling.
Home-and-homes against Ohio State, Wisconsin and East Carolina don’t require a one-time payout (or evens out over the course of the series), since each side gets a home game and the gate that come with it.
The Hokies’ payout games against FCS teams generally fall in the $325,000 to $350,000 range. Many of their scheduled FCS games are paid out according to the average of the prior year FCS payouts from North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Because of that, Western Michigan, an FBS teams, is the only payout in the future that is noticeably higher than the rest, at $500,000 in 2014.
Here’s a look at Tech’s future schedules and payouts, when applicable (for comparison’s sake, Tech paid $318,750 to host Austin Peay and $400,000 for Bowling Green this season):
- 2013: Western Carolina, ($335,938, FCS average)
- 2014: William & Mary (FCS average), Western Michigan ($500,000)
- 2015: Furman (FCS average)
- 2016: Liberty (FCS average)
- 2017: none
- 2018: William & Mary (FCS average)
- 2019: Charlotte (FCS average, despite being FBS team), Old Dominion ($375,000)
- 2020: Liberty (FCS average)
- 2021: Richmond (higher of FCS average or $400K)
** Lastly, former Hokies and current New York Giants running back David Wilson said he’s retiring his trademark back flip.
“I think it’s for the team’s best interests,” Wilson told ESPN.com. “I don’t want to make anyone upset or nervous or scared. I want to do something that people enjoy rather than worry about.”
Translation: Tom Coughlin and the Giants management told him to knock it off.