Since Virginia Tech changed its media availability this year from Monday and Tuesday to Tuesday and Wednesday, listening to the Tech Talk Live radio show on Monday nights takes on a much greater importance. Don’t do it, and we don’t hear from any players or assistants until two and a half days after the game.
So I tuned in tonight and took some notes. This is a comprehensive list of things that were said on the show. Just things that I found noteworthy or interesting.
– Athletic director Jim Weaver said Virginia Tech got $2.5 million for playing in the Chick-fil-A Classic, a good sum. With how much it costs to put on a home game and pay an opponent to come in and play, it’s a greater take and better exposure to play neutral site games like this one every now and then.
– Weaver said he thinks Virginia Tech’s home sellout streak will end Saturday against Western Carolina. It currently stands at 93 games, a streak that goes back to 1998. He didn’t say how many tickets remain, but he didn’t sound too optimistic.
– This news naturally brought out some reactions from the coaches, who use it as a recruiting tool and would like to see the streak continue:
Our players have worked hard & deserve a PACKED Lane Stadium Sat. DO NOT let our 93 game sell out streak end #HokieNation 93 games!Let's go!— Shane Beamer (@CoachSBeamer) September 2, 2013
– The old Lane Stadium video board was 22 feet by 38. The new one, which will be on display for the first time Saturday, measures 45 feet by 95 and is the 11th largest in the country.
– From the “stats that would have been useful Saturday night department,” Trey Edmunds‘ 132 rushing yards are the most ever for a Hokies tailback in his debut.
– Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said Edmunds’ touchdown run worked because Tech used the triple option a couple times earlier in the game, then faked it on the play that Edmunds busted free up the middle. It sounds like the triple option out of the shotgun will be a regular feature in the Hokies’ offense.
– Loeffler said the game plan Saturday was to max protect Logan Thomas. The one sack the quarterback took was Thomas’ fault. He should have checked it down to a receiver.
– Loeffler defended the beleaguered receiving crew, saying it was a big stage for a lot of young guys who hadn’t played much. “They’re going to get better.” On Frank Beamer‘s personal website, receivers coach Aaron Moorehead had six drops, although many who watched the game claim the number is higher.
– Like Beamer earlier today, Loeffler said Thomas’ 5-for-26 stat line isn’t all on him, adding that you can’t pin all the incompletions, certainly not the interception, on him. He thought Thomas “did OK.”
– Antone Exum said he has another round of tests Wednesday that Virginia Tech will send to Dr. James Andrews to make a decision about the cornerback’s rehab progress from ACL and microfracture surgery last winter. Exum said his goal is to play some snaps against Marshall on Sept. 21 and Georgia Tech on Sept. 26.
– This, by the way, was Exum’s outfit during the taping. He seems to have taken the sartorial baton from running back David Wilson.
– Exum was extremely complimentary of cornerback Kyle Fuller‘s play in the opener against Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, who the coaching staff compared to Clemson’s Sammy Watkins in the leadup to the game. “Kyle made him look kind of average,” Exum said.