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Monday,September 25, 2000
Bill Roth said the Boston College defense is dealing with some key injuries as they get set to battle #4 Virginia Tech on Saturday. BC's starters at middle linebacker and outside linebacker are out with injuries (both hurt in a game on the same play) and two D-linemen also may miss the game.
The Eagles have managed to score a total of just 28 points against the Hokies in the past four seasons. The coaches and Roth reminisced Monday about the game at BC two years ago when VT used an interception return and blocked kick to win during the week that Nick Sorensen was moved over from safety to play quarterback after Al Clark and Dave Meyer went down with injuries.
The story was told about a writer on the Big East media hookup who said to Beamer Monday: "Let me get this straight. You had Michael Vick on the sideline and you moved a guy over from defense to play quarterback?" That's right, Beamer replied, in recalling his commitment to redshirt Vick that season.
Coach Bustle said he regards Boston College as the toughest place to play in the Big East from a standpoint of students harassing the visiting teams. The Eagles play well at home and someone noted that last year BC took Miami to overtime at Chestnut Hill.
Beamer said that Coach Tom O'Brien has a steady, solid program that's soon to see the effects of back to back good recruiting years. The Eagles are averaging 470 yards of offense: 290 passing and 180 rushing.
Bustle acknowledged that VT should have a speed advantage this week. He said BC is hard to move up front and that they "anchor in," with the likes of a 6-6, 312-pound DL. He complained that VT doesn't have much quality film to scout because BC opponents Army and Navy ran option and wishbone attacks with no similarity to VT's offense.
TEMPLE ON TV
AD Jim Weaver was on to announce that the homecoming game vs. Temple on Oct. 7 will start at noon instead of 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPN regional -- to be determined after baseball playoffs are scheduled. Weaver said it marks the first season that EVERY Tech game will be on TV.
CLAIBORNE & CUPP
Roth and Beamer talked about the passing in recent days of former Tech coach Jerry Claiborne and of ardent Tech supporter Pat Cupp.
Cupp and his wife Sandy were introduced on the field at halftime of the Rutgers game for their financial and general support of Tech athletics. The Blacksburg businessman died Saturday as the result of a traffic accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.
Beamer talked of how much Claiborne's traits influenced him -- not just standing tall in the coaching profession, but his honesty and the way he treated people. Claiborne liked to say that "potential will get you beat every time," and Beamer learned from him to go with the people who are consistent.
Claiborne could be brutally honest, and in fact was with Beamer soon after his playing days when he entertained thoughts of playing for the startup Roanoke Buckskins franchise. Frank had started teaching and coaching at Radford High School but went in ask Claiborne about the idea of playing professionally.
"If I were you," Claiborne told him, "I'd get on with my life's work."
"And he was right," Beamer said on the broadcast Monday. "What he said you can take to the bank. I'd like to think I'm like that, too."
Beamer said he hopes to attend Claiborne's funeral Thursday in Hopkinsville, Ky., and Cupp's on Wednesday in Christiansburg.
The conference's players of the week included Reggie Wayne of Miami on offense and Gerald Hayes on defense. It's the third week in a row that a Pitt player has won for defense.
Roth discussed the upcoming weekend's Big East games with Beamer and the coach said Don Nehlen should be nervous about WVU's meeting with Temple: Temple is improved and WVU is coming off an emotional game in which it didn't play as well as it could. He also said he thought Syracuse would get a win at home against BYU.
WEAVER ON WEBSITES
Jim Weaver explained his position regarding "unofficial web sites" covering Tech athletics, and regarding granting media credentials to web sites.
He said the university feels strongly about protecting its trademarks of the names Hokies and Virginia Tech, and that under terms of the "cybersquatting legislation," VT would be in a position to lose that edge if it doesn't enforce the situation. "People can't use our name to make a living," Weaver said. It's not what the web sites do, so much as it is what they call themselves. They can't use the trademarked names. Those that do can expect a "cease and desist" letter soon from the university and will face having to change their name, Weaver said.
A caller who complimented Weaver on his accomplishments at Tech then asked him about the appearance of an adversarial relationship with Hokie Central and asked if VT had ever granted media credentials to the TheSabre.com web site affiliated with UVa. "Not to my knowledge," Weaver said.
He then got into an explanation about credentials that skirted the Hokie Central question. He said that credentials for Hokie Central would obligate Tech to extend the same treatment to some 150 web sites. He said web sites generally are not regarded as official media outlets. CBS Sportsline was mentioned as an exception because, Weaver said, it is "media oriented" due to its relationship with CBS.
Weaver said the capacity of the press box and sidelines for professional working media and photographers does not allow VT to handle "everyone."