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Monday, June 27, 2005

Hokies fill up on cupcakes

This weekend, Virginia Tech released its out-of-conference football schedules for 2006-2011. Unfortunately for fans, the schedules offer very few compelling match-ups. While the ACC schedule offers plenty of great games on its own, many Hokie fans had hoped to parlay their new conference affiliation into some bigger name OOC games.

While the Hokies will play LSU in 2007 and Wisconsin in 2008 and 2009, VT fans will also have to endure matchups with 1-AA teams Furman, Appalachian State and William & Mary. The centerpiece of the new schedule is an 8-game series with East Carolina University from 2006-2013. While VT-ECU used to be a pretty good series some years ago, the Hokies have moved up the D-1 football food chain since then, while the Pirates have declined precipitously. The irony of the agreement is that ECU's new AD is none other than former UVA AD Terry Holland.

While the new schedules certainly make it more likely that VT will continue to be a yearly Top-25 contender, which is good for business, they leave much to be desired from a fan's perspective.

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