Sunday, February 9th, 1997
The New Football Schedule is Released
In case you don't frequent the message board or you haven't looked at the football schedule on Hokie Central's home page recently, the new, final football schedule is out. The previous football schedule I had posted was preliminary, as I told you earlier, but the new one is the final schedule, so print this one out and save it.
The new schedule beats the old one by a mile, in my opinion. Here's a table showing how the new one stacks up against the old one:
You can tell that only two changes were made - the UAB game was bumped out to a previously-open Nov. 1 slot, and the BC game slid from Oct. 18th up to Oct. 11th.
These two simple moves improved the schedule dramatically. Four home games are the kiss of death for attendance at Virginia Tech football games, and the old schedule was arranged with four in a row at home, including three patsies in a row: ASU, Miami (OH), and UAB. Now the schedule shows ASU and Miami (OH), followed by BC.
The new schedule also distributes the Open dates much more evenly. I hated October of 1996, which had two open dates. The old schedule also had two open dates in one month, November. The new schedule spreads the open dates out, providing one in each month. The open week before the Miami game is now gone, but the good news is that we play UAB that week, which is almost the same as an open date. Injured key players will still be able to take that week off, and we should win the game, anyway.
Now you can make your travel plans.
Show Me the Money
There was an interesting article the other day in The Roanoke Times about the breakdown of the $1.2 million that Tech spent on the Orange Bowl trip. The official cut from the Orange Bowl invitation was $3.981 million, which I remember reading was the highest take of any team that went bowling. Other Alliance Bowl invitees made less money for a variety of reasons than Tech, one primary reason being that many of the teams came from larger conferences and thusly had to split the money more ways than the 8-team Big East. Another reason is that other conferences have different revenue-sharing agreements that wind up with the team that actually attends the bowl making less money than the Big East team does.
In any event, click on the following link to read the article. I think you'll find it engrossing, if you're into numbers: