Hokie Mark's Comments

Posted Friday February 28, 2014, About: Why Pitt dumped its spring game
On the other hand,

Spring Games - irrelevant in football.
Posted Wednesday February 12, 2014, About: End to Pac-12 night game nightmare?
I'm confused. I thought the Pac-12 had the best TV contract of any conference... now all of a sudden it isn't good enough? WHAT?! If you don't like night games, give the money back...

As a fan of college football (but not a Pac-12 fan), I enjoy the late night game option - although honestly I'm not interested in a lot of Pac-12 games regardless of what time they are played. Just the way it is - we all like our own team(s) best, and we tend to live somewhat near them. 11 PM Eastern Time = 8 PM Pacific Time = prime time (locally). I want to see East-coast teams in Eastern prime-time.
Posted Tuesday December 24, 2013, About: Boise State is losing its way
If you pee on blue turf, does it turn green?
Posted Monday May 06, 2013, About: ACC releases 2013 bowl schedule
What's this - an LSU fan who doesn't like the Chick-Fil-A bowl?
Posted Thursday October 25, 2012, About: N.C. State band serenades UNC campus
The horrors! How dare those blue-collar riff-raff from Raleigh interrupt the genteel Tar Heels while they are trying to listen to their symphony music!
Posted Thursday October 25, 2012, About: Miami program splitting at the seams?
If I were in Golden's shoes I'd favor my recruits too... those pre-Golden players just weren't any good!
Posted Tuesday August 21, 2012, About: WAC's survival in question
Why do we like college football more than NFL? Regional rivalries!
What are we doing in realignment? Destroying regional rivalries.
Stupid, IMHO. I'm glad Va Tech will be in the same conference with Virginia, Wake Forest, Maryland, and Pittsburgh - at least we'll play the schools closest to us (except for WVU - I'm skeptical how well this is going to work out for them in the long run).
Posted Wednesday August 15, 2012, About: Ugliest academic scandal in NCAA history?
I say ban UNC from the ACC championship for 30 years!

(what? It's actually been 31 years since their last football championship?)
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!
Posted Tuesday July 24, 2012, About: Golden defiant in face of recent allegations
Al Golden is telling the truth... the Yahoo Sports reporter is actually the WVU Dude in disguise!
Posted Tuesday July 24, 2012, About: VaTech getting creative at tailback
I should elaborate... FSU in 2012, Clemson in 2013, THEN Va Tech in 2014.
Wild-cards are NC State, Ga Tech, and Pitt
Posted Tuesday July 24, 2012, About: VaTech getting creative at tailback
VT won't peak until 2014, IMHO. In the meantime, they'll be good enough to go to a decent bowl...
Posted Tuesday July 10, 2012, About: Can Saban flip VaTech commit?
Anti-Christ is just an assistant... Nick Saban is better cast as Old Nick, Satan
(not a very clever disguise!)
Posted Monday July 09, 2012, About: Nation's No. 1 recruit still committed to Clemson?
FSU's schedule is laid out like dominoes. Strength of schedule is good enough (Clemson, USF, Miami, Va Tech, and Florida) without having anyone they can't beat (Oklahoma last year). I would not be surprised if 2012 is finally their year...
Posted Sunday July 08, 2012, About: Sun Belt proposed huge four-conference merger
This assumes nothing ever changes in college football... and betrays lack of knowledge of the history of the sport. 10 years ago it would have been 2 teams from the ACC and none from the SEC. 20 years ago it would have been 2 teams from the Big 12. Things change over time. The SEC will not remain on top.
Posted Friday June 29, 2012, About: Can Edsall open a Baltimore pipeline?
Plenty of good talent in Maryland, but it used to go to Joe Pa in Happy Valley. That may be a key difference right there...
Posted Thursday June 28, 2012, About: Big Ten a big loser in playoff scenario
Almost forgot - Boise St @ Michigan St (another opener). Big Ten discourages late season OoC games.
Posted Thursday June 28, 2012, About: Big Ten a big loser in playoff scenario
Michigan opens with Alabama (in Dallas). Penn St goes to Virginia (ACC). Most of the rest of their non-conference games are restricted to the Pac-12 (and a few vs. Notre Dame).
Posted Wednesday June 20, 2012, About: Is Virginia Tech a title threat?
one DL I forgot - Darryl Tapp, Philadelphia Eagles. That's pretty much all for Hokie D-linemen in the NFL.
Posted Wednesday June 20, 2012, About: Is Virginia Tech a title threat?
I wish I knew! I don't think it's location - Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina are 3 of the best states to recruit.

Tech does produce NFL-calibre players - DBs & RBs in particular. QB & WR have often been weaknesses, and I can't remember any stud DLs (NFL-wise) since Bruce Smith. Maybe VT suffers from the same lack of OL and DL size/talent that has plagued the rest of the ACC lately.

As for not winning the big (BCS) games - 40% talent, 40% coaching, 20% just plain bad matchups (e.g. the year Auburn was undefeated but still got cheated out of playing for the national championship game - guess who they played in the Sugar Bowl?)
Posted Wednesday June 20, 2012, About: Is Virginia Tech a title threat?
I don't expect VT to win the ACC, much less the national championship this year - for a couple of reasons.

1) I agree with previous posters that VT doesn't have the elite talent on the roster this year to win it all. Defense = very good; QB = good; OL = ?; WR = ?; Special Teams = ?

2) while the OOC schedule is very winnable, the ACC schedule is as tough as it gets (in the ACC at least): Ga Tech, @UNC, @Clemson, @Miami, Florida St, Virginia - all 6 of the toughest ACC teams not named Virginia Tech

Besides, 2012 season is just a warm-up for 'Bama rematch in 2013.
Posted Sunday June 03, 2012, About: Debating value of Big East TV deal
I may be sticking my neck out here, but I'm going to guess that the Big East ends up getting about $10 million per team for their TV contract.
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