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Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

Posted on: August 31, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 4:48 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With Texas A&M now all-but-officially the SEC's lucky 13th team, it hasn't taken long for speculation regarding the league's all-but-inevitable 14th team to heat up. And according to some, that speculation should be focused on Virginia Tech.

It's easy to see why: the Hokies are an established program with a strong following on the East Coast that aren't too far-flung from the SEC's current geographical footprint. But don't tell that to the Hokies themselves, who have already repeatedly tried to squash that speculation and affirm their commitment to the ACC.

Since those previous efforts haven't been enough, though, Hokie presidential spokesman Larry Hincker gave it the ol' college try again Wednesday in an e-mail to the Daily Press's David Teel, one in which he calls the reports of a potential SEC move "total poppycock."

He continues:
How many times do we have to say it? If one of these rumor mongers, would be willing to cite their ‘multiple sources,’ it might lend some credence. Frankly, we’re tired of other people telling us what our future is.

"We are not interested. Nothing has changed. My president will not dignify wild speculation. Our last statement [from Aug. 12] still stands. Bottom line: this is not on our radar screen."
Part of that August 12 statement is that Tech " has no interest in any discussion concerning affiliation with any conference other than the ACC." Hincker told a second reporter that "our athletic director and our president are on record as saying we have absolutely no interest in this whatsoever. And yet the speculation still continues. And it’s a little frustrating, to be honest with you."

Unfortunately for the Hokies, the traditional song-and-dance of conference reshuffling always begins with breathless assurances that everybody in Conference X is committed to Conference X forever-and-ever and would never dream of entertaining the preposterous notion that they might consider stooping to leaving their precious Conference X ... right up until the moment Conference Y actually has an opening.

In short: we believe the Hokies when they say they are fully committed today. But until the SEC has filled that No. 14 slot, we simply can't take it as a solemn guarantee they'll be so committed tomorrow.


Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:59 pm
 

SECRocks1-needs to go to MSNBC

where idiots comment. Your post is stupid and complete nonsense-no need to say anymore ither than South Carolina is cleaning Clemson's clock in recruiting-no one wants to play for Dumbo!



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:40 am
 

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

I have to disagree with you that Cbs has making the SEC more then what it is.What makes the SECwhat it is,is they have won 5 National Titles in a roll and since 1998,Tennessee,Auburn,LSU X 2,Florida x2,Alabama all have won Titles,not counting Auburn going 13-0 and not getting to play for it.Texas A&M will be middle of the pack in the SEC west behind Alabama,LSU,Arkansas and Auburn and as far as playing east teams they would have a hard time playing with South Carolina,Georgia or Tennessee.All they would be in the SEC is Mississippi St.The only reason the SEC wants A&M is the TV market not for its football.



Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 6:43 am
 

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

The man doth protest too much, methinks. 

Why does everyone focus on this story? Because VaTech would have been fools to turn down the ACC, and they'll be fools if they indeed turn down the SEC. That is, of course, if the SEC "asks" them. But then again, the SEC can't "ask" them, can they?

Gees, I realize it is a subtle concept, but why do so many of you fail to grasp how difficult and tedious it is to change conferences? It is *NOT* like changing your oil.

And another thing - you make these vague comments about the impossibility of some action or activity to happen, and when it invariably does, you are spared that proverbial call to task because nobody cares about your poorly expressed opinions. Maybe you all should get together and track each others comments. That way you can relentlessly ridicule yourselves, preferably in another thread dedicated to that most (i'm sure) nobel and satisfying task.


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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:00 am
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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:44 am
 

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

I disagree that the SEC is all about Bama, LSU, UF.

Success comes in cycles and Tennessee is just as storied in the SEC as LSU or UF but they are having a rough time in their football program.

As far as Auburn coming out of no where in terms of success?

The 2004 Auburn team was probably the best non title team in years.

They got shafted by the BCS formula and OU went on to get their arses kicked by USC.

However, I will say that no SEC program is more storied than Bama's.

There simply isn't a team in the SEC that can come close to its history.












Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:54 am
 

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

What would be the draw to the ACC over the SEC, other than much weaker competition? 
Simple: Virginia Tech considers the ACC its home. It does not feel the same way about the SEC.

It is not like they have a long and storied history with the conference.
In the Hokies' minds, they do.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:53 am
 

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

But this is college football, and in college football the only truth is that anything anyone says is a lie, so it depends on the money. That's why they left the Big East for the ACC and it'll be the reason they jump to the SEC IF they do.
Not true. Money was not the reason Virginia Tech left the Big East. Virginia Tech left the Big East because the ACC finally wanted it to join. Money, if it came into the picture at all, was a secondary concern at best.

This is the cover-up. No University wants to declare intrest and not be the one invited, cause then its awkward for years to come.

If VT got the offer I would think they'd take it...  I really doubt their that ACC comitted, unless they just want to win ACC titles 3/5 years for the future.
Then you don't know anything about Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech has been committed to the ACC since 1954, 50 years before they ever joined the conference. Ever since Virginia joined the league, Virginia Tech saw the ACC as its home and was willing to do anything to join it. No matter what conference it was in, Virginia Tech always saw it as a temporary solution until the ACC finally let them join.

Basically, Virginia Tech is like a wife who spent years being ignored by her husband before he finally came around, and now that he finally treats her well, she is never going to let him go. The Hokies are absolutely welded to the ACC, and the chances of them leaving for the SEC are the same as the chance of Florida jumping to the ACC. Not going to happen.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:38 am
 

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

Coldcalls, Texas A&M would be a power in the puffed overrated SEC.  Thanks to CBS's making out the SEC to be more than it really is Texas A&M will find recruiting the very fertile fields of Texas very productive.  The Mississippi twins wont be in their league and neither will the Tennessee twins or South Carolina.  Georgia isn't exactly on fire and I think Auburn is just a flash in the pan.  How long has it been since Auburn has been relavant nationally before last year and how did they get relavant?  Can you say "Cam"?  Alabama, LSU and Florida make the SEC what is is.  As for Clemson joining the SEC, I don't think so.  South Carolina will fight that tooth and toenail.  If Clemson were to join the SEC South Carolina would retake it's position in South Carolina football prestige of just a notch above Furman.  There's not enough talent in South Carolina after Clemson gets through cherry picking it. 



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

I agree with some of the comments I've read...why leave the ACC?  They are in the top tier in line for a shot at a BCS game almost every year.  Why move to the meatgrinder of SEC FB? 

Other than A&M being tired of living in Texas' shadow I don't get why they need to got to the SEC.  So they can slug it out with the Mississippi schools for 5th place in the division?? 

It would not surprise me to see Clemson or FL State make a jump to the SEC to be the 14th team. 



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

This is the cover-up. No University wants to declare intrest and not be the one invited, cause then its awkward for years to come.

If VT got the offer I would think they'd take it...  I really doubt their that ACC comitted, unless they just want to win ACC titles 3/5 years for the future.



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