That was when the idea of renewing the Virginia Tech-West Virginia series was first broached.
It became a reality today when the schools announced a home-and-home series in 2021 and ’22.
“To have such a rival game at close proximity, it makes all the sense in the world of playing that,” Weaver said.
The rivalry was discontinued after the 2005 season. Part of it had to do with both schools going their separate ways with regards to conference affiliation — the Hokies had joined the ACC; the Mountaineers stayed in the Big East until leaving for the Big 12 last year — but part of it had to do with the dangerous levels of emotions involved in the series.
In a blog post I put up in late May about possibly rekindling the series with the Mountaineers, fans flooded the comments section with stories about being mistreated by West Virginia’s fans (and some offered tales that were just the opposite). On the field, the 2005 game is best remembered for quarterback Marcus Vick flipping off the fans afterward, not the 34-17 final score.
“I think enough time has passed from when we decided not to do it,” Weaver said.
Coincidentally, Weaver said the same day that blog post ran that he and Luck began to accelerate talks of renewing the series.
Weaver thinks it’s a geographic fit that will help enhance both teams’ strength of schedule, something that will be a big factor in the upcoming College Football Playoff selection process. Tech now has a at least one BCS-level foe lined up through 2022, with the exception of 2018 and ’19, although Notre Dame will be on the schedule in one of those years.
Some other odds and ends …
– Weaver had no update on suspended running back Michael Holmes‘ status. Either he or Frank Beamer has been out of town in recent weeks. Weaver thinks the two will discuss Holmes’ situation once they both return next week.
– Weaver confirmed that long-time Tech personnel Billy Hite and Jim Cavanaugh are being reassigned within the athletic department and will no longer be part of the football staff.
Hite coached running backs at Virginia Tech from 1978-2010 and Cavanaugh strong safeties and outside linebackers from 1996-2010 before both were moved into personnel roles in a staff shakeup prior to the 2011 season. Hite served as assistant to the head coach and team advisor the last two seasons, while Cavanaugh was director of recruiting and high school relations.
Weaver said their positions within the athletic department should be finalized early next week and didn’t want to comment specifically until then.
He said their positions within the football program will probably not be replaced.