In case you couldn’t tell, this is a slooooow news week. Summer school classes don’t start until next week, so we’ll see then if some players from the latest signing class have enrolled.
I’m also trying to set up some opponent previews like I did last year, asking a few questions to an opposing team’s beat writer. I hope to have that up and running soon.
In the meantime, here’s a grab bag of links to start your Wednesday:
– CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman came out with his annual college football Freak List. Hokies defensive end James Gayle made it at No. 18:
18. James Gayle, Va. Tech, DE: One of the ACC’s best defensive ends, the 269-pound Gayle has vertical jumped 39.5 inches to go with a 400-pound bench press and a 4.6 second clocking in the 40 this past spring.
My guess is that Dadi Nicolas might make an appearance on this list before his career is over.
– New Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sat down for a Sunday conversation on SportsCenter this week. The first-year head coach is a former Hokies, having played quarterback at Virginia Tech from 1972-74 and getting his coaching start there as a graduate assistant from 1975-77.
I don’t think I can embed this type of video on the blog, so here’s a link to it.
– And lastly, Spots Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel had a nice breakdown of what each conference’s bowl lineup might look like from 2014-19. Leagues are still jockeying for position with some games, something that shouldn’t be finalized for a few weeks, but here’s what Mandel thinks the ACC’s lineup of bowls will look like:
- 1. Orange
- 2. Russell Athletic
- 3-5. Music City/Gator*
- 3-5. Belk
- 3-5. Pinstripe
- 6. Sun
- TBD: Detroit bowl
- TBD: Military? AdvoCare? Liberty?
* The ACC and Big Ten will likely share spots in the Music City and Gator bowls.
Remember, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will become part of the college football playoff rotation, hosting semifinals on occasion. In years that it doesn’t, it’ll be an access bowl, one that hosts two of the top teams not in the playoff, regardless of conference affiliation.
The Russell Athletic Bowl could end up matching the ACC and Big 12, a change from the Big East. The next three games — Music City/Gator, Belk and Pinstripe — are in a pool to give leagues and schools more flexibility to set desirable matchups, make it easier for fans to travel and avoid repeat trips.
Adding New York as a possible bowl destination is a good thing. Other than that, the roster, at least on the upper end, isn’t too drastically different.
From a fans perspective, what does everyone think of the possible new lineup of bowls?