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Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

Posted on: August 12, 2011 3:09 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As the Texas A&M-to-the-SEC expansion rumors reach critical mass, the inevitabe follow-up question becomes: if the Aggies really are No. 13, who's No. 14?

According to Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver, it won't be the Hokies. Speaking to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Weaver said the school would "politely decline" any hypothetical offer to join the SEC. His reasoning:
"Virginia Tech has always wanted to be in the Atlantic Coast Conference and I would think that’s where we’re going to stay, because it’s the right thing and the best thing for our university" ...
"[W]hen you realize the travel involved and so on, we’re virtually in a ‘bus league’ right now. The SEC would cause other travel issues. Certainly there is (increased) revenue involved (with joining the SEC). But I just feel like, and this is me talking – I haven’t talked to the president or any of that – Virginia Tech would politely decline, because we’re very happy to be in the Atlantic Coast Conference.”
Of course, it's very easy to say that now when (as Weaver points out up front) any invite from Mike Slive is entirely hypothetical. With the SEC still not even having reached the point of extending the Aggies an invitation -- per both CBSSports.com's Tony Barnhart as well as other media sources -- it's fair to assume the league's decision on it's next expansion target is still a good ways off. If Slive ever did come calling, would Weaver still be so devoted to the ACC? 

Maybe. As Weaver points out, the ACC has its advantages for the Hokies. (If Florida State did wind up the SEC's 14th school, the Hokies might be poised to dominate the league in football the way, well, they've already dominated it.) So we'll take him at his word for now.

But if the SEC's interest in Tech does heat up, we have a feeling Weaver will have to repeat himself -- probably multiple times -- before we rule the Hokies out entirely.

HT: @Year2.

Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

VATech would decline?  Oh really?  The PAC-12, the B1G Ten and SEC have huge TV contracts and they print their own money.  The Hokies would jump to one of those conferences in a heartbeat.  I liken VATech's response to the guy in the bar who says "I wouldn't date Olivia Wilde even if she asked me.  I like the girls here.  I am very happy that I would not have to date a gorgeous woman."
Yeah, Virginia Tech would decline. Virginia Tech will have to be dragged out of the ACC kicking and screaming if it goes under. The Hokies are the least likely ACC team to jump because no matter where they were, they always wanted to be in the ACC. I'm honestly surprised Virginia Tech would even bother to take the SEC's call.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

Of course they arent interested. What #1 team year in and year out in their conference wants to jump ship to come to the SEC and get curb stomped week in and week out?



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:29 am
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

 you are clueless. we have been dominating the ACC. VT turning down the SEC is a huge mistake especially if FSU or Clemson leave. The ACC will become a joke in regards to football. We would be left in a non-football conference and suffer big time. VT could rack up in recruiting if we joined the SEC as all the players who now leave the state of VA to join SEC schools would most likely stay. big, big mistake if VT turns down the SEC. 

Not to mention, the huge gain in revenues would clearly offset any travel expenses that go up. 



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

VATech would decline?  Oh really?  The PAC-12, the B1G Ten and SEC have huge TV contracts and they print their own money.  The Hokies would jump to one of those conferences in a heartbeat.  I liken VATech's response to the guy in the bar who says "I wouldn't date Olivia Wilde even if she asked me.  I like the girls here.  I am very happy that I would not have to date a gorgeous woman."

Gimme a break.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

I am not a Hokie fan.  Can't stand them...they left the Big East.

However, if you check your atlas,  you'd see that College Park, MD, Charlottesville, VA, Chapel Hill, NC, Durham, NC, Raleigh, NC, Winston-Salem, NC, Clemson, SC (5 hrs) and Atlanta, GA(6.5 hrs) are "BUS LEAGUE" material.  If 8 of the 11 schools are within a 6 hour drive or so, then that really helps your travel budget...especially for all of your non-revenue sports.  It also helps your fan base travel to see your teams play in their road contests.    If the Hokies went into the SEC, then only Tennesee, South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia fall within that 6.5 hour driving radius.  From a travel standpoint, that AD is correct.




Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

TAMU is definitely coming to the SEC. Not so sure about FSU though. Va Tech could be in for it if the super-conference model becomes reality. Here is a .



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

"LSUSMC, that's hillarious that you think we don't play basketball. The SEC is weak as cat piss in basketball, and you know it."

Yes, pjhokie, I realize the SEC sucks at basketball, and that is why I suggested WVU; because they do not.  VaTech is not a basketball school by any means and their addition would just be one more program that is as weak as cat piss in basketball.  I would have no interest in going after any school that did not express an interest in joining the SEC.  As I wrote earlier, if VaTech is happy in the ACC, then they should stay there.  They have been the best football school in the conference since their arrival. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

In other news, water is wet. Like Weaver said, Virginia Tech has always wanted to be in the ACC, so much so that they kept asking after the ACC told them no multiple times from 1954 to 2004 before finally letting them join. Was there ever really any chance that the Hokies were going to leave the ACC for the SEC after that? Dream on.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

LSUSMC, that's hillarious that you think we don't play basketball. The SEC is weak as cat piss in basketball, and you know it. Another post was saying we can't even win in the ACC in football. What the hell do you think we've been doing? If you have no idea what you're talking about, you should avoid giving your opinion. I don't know what will happen, and I personally hope we stay in the ACC, but whatever happens, we will come to play anyone on the field!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Hokies would 'politely decline' offer to join SEC

I think the Hokies would be a great football fit in the SEC, and if I were the SEC I'd be more likely to issue an invitation to VaTech because I feel like they'd be a more attractive media-market for the SEC to enter. 

I'd prefer VaTech to WVU, but would rather have either of them over Clemson or Oklahoma State.


My ideal scenario would be that the SEC will pick up Texas A&M and FSU in this round, and pull Oklahoma and VaTech or WVU next time.


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