In search of a home-and-home football series for 2018-19 and/or 2020-21, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver called the colleagues he knows best from the major conferences he respects most.
Hence, the following list of initial possibilities from the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference that Weaver unveiled Monday afternoon during a phone interview and again that evening on the “Tech Talk Live” radio show.
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MINNESOTA: Norwood Teague took over the Gophers program this spring after six years at VCU.
AUBURN: Jay Jacobs became the Tigers’ AD in 2004, the same season they met the Hokies in the Sugar Bowl.
“You’re going to get a quicker response when you call someone you know,” Weaver said, adding that he’s talked specifics with none of the six.
Correct me if I’m wrong, Tech faithful, but I’m guessing among those six y’all would prefer Michigan, Auburn or Penn State. That based on tradition and proximity: Each is within an eight-hour drive of Blacksburg and has won a national championship.
The question then becomes, who among the six might be available for 2018-19 or 2020-21?
According to fbschedules.com, Penn State is contracted with future ACC member Syracuse in 2020 and ’21, but is open for 2018 and ’19. Moreover, with $73 million in fines levied by the NCAA and Big Ten over the Sandusky scandal, the Nittany Lions may want to play as many lucrative, high-profile non-conference games as possible.
After a two-year hiatus in 2018 and ’19, Michigan and Notre Dame are set to resume their storied rivalry in 2020 and beyond. Otherwise, the Wolverines might be amenable.
Auburn appears wide open, according to fbschedules.com., while Arkansas has former Southwest Conference rival Texas in 2021.
Perhaps the least likely opponent for Tech is Minnesota. The Gophers are set to play Oregon State in 2017 and ’18, Colorado in 2021 and ’22.
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