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   TSL Extra #21

Issue #21 of the TSL Extra is here, and this month's issue is a good one, featuring two articles about the VHSCA All-Star game, plus the first in a series of articles ranking VT recruiting classes -- we start with the 1990 class that produced Jim Pyne, Maurice DeShazo, and Antonio Freeman.

Present and Future All-Stars
by Chris Horne

Four Hokie recruits enjoy their last high school hurrah and look to the future.

The All-Stars: A Player's View
by Will Stewart

A fellow VHSCA All-Star talks about the VT recruits who played in the game.

VHSCA Photo Gallery
A gallery of 28 exclusive photos taken during the VHSCA All-Star game. Photography by Mike Ingalls.

Rating the 1990 Recruiting Class
by Will Stewart

We rate the class that produced Pyne, DeShazo, and Freeman.

Inside the Numbers: The Recruiting Class Ranking System
by Will Stewart
The gory details of the TSLX's new recruiting class ranking system.

It's All About the Benjamins
by Jim Alderson
When you talk about a playoff, the key question is: Who gets the money?

One Man's (Skewed) Vision of Stadium Expansion
by Will Stewart
Lane Stadium is growing, but not the way I thought it would.

We Do the Hokey-Pokey ...
by Wayne Crump

The origins of the word "hokie." Nonsense? Maybe not.

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   Tech Sports News

Hokies Picked a Solid Second in Big East

Wednesday at Big East media day in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Big East media picked the Hokies 2nd in the Big East. This came as a surprise to yours truly, because the Hokies have question marks at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive tackle, linebacker ... and a schedule that includes road trips to Miami, Boston College, and Syracuse.

But still, the BE media picked Tech number two behind the Miami Hurricanes, and it wasn't even a close number two -- the Hokies were far ahead of BC and Syracuse, who were almost tied for third and fourth in the conference:

Team (Points)

TSLMail Prediction*

1. Miami (192) 1. Miami
2. Virginia Tech (152) 2. Boston College
3. Syracuse (133) 3. Syracuse
4. Boston College (130) 4. Virginia Tech
5. Pittsburgh (110) 5. Pittsburgh
6. West Virginia (64) 6. West Virginia
7 Temple (50) 7. Rutgers
8. Rutgers (33) 8. Temple
*Last week, in TSLMail, this is where we predicted
the teams would be ranked by the media.

The pick of Virginia Tech as a strong second, with Boston College being relegated to fourth (despite returning 17 starters from a good team and having Syracuse and Virginia Tech at home) is a surprise ... or an indicator that the media doesn't think the Eagles are as far along as other people might think.

Virginia Tech receives much more respect from the Big East media than they used to. After stumbling to a 7-5 finish in 1997, the Hokies were picked to finish fourth in the league in the 1998 media poll. Now, after faltering to a 1997-like finish of 8-4 in 2001, the Hokies are picked to finish second in 2002.

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Then again, before beating #16 Georgia in last year's Music City Bowl, Boston College had lost 21 straight games against ranked teams, and Syracuse is returning just two starters to an offense that didn't exactly set the world on fire last year. Looking at it that way, it's understandable that the Hokies could be picked ahead of them.

As for Pittsburgh being picked to finish fifth, that might be unfair. Sure, the Panthers have a QB, Rod Rutherford, who is a better running back than he is quarterback, but they also return 15 starters to a team that finished strong last year. But then again, they face Virginia Tech, Miami, and Syracuse on the road this coming season. The Boston College game that the Panthers have at home on October 26th could be the difference between fifth place and fourth place -- or higher -- in the Big East for Pitt this year.

Meanwhile, the rebuilding jobs at WVU and Rutgers are very much still in progress, while Temple is adrift for two reasons: (1) they're lame-duck conference members, with 2004 being their last season in the league; and (2) last year the Owls returned 19 starters and rewarded everyone's preseason confidence by floundering to a 4-7 record, including just two Big East wins.

This year marks the fifth time the Hokies have been picked to finish second in the league, and the fourth year in a row. The other years were 1994 (the Hokies finished second), 1999 (first), 2000 (second), and 2001 (tie for third).

It marks the eighth time in ten years Miami has been picked first. In 1996, Syracuse was picked first, and in 1998, WVU was picked first, but other than that, it has been all-Canes, all the time. The previous seven times Miami was picked first, they only won the league title three times: 1994, 2000, and 2001.

This is a critical year for the top teams in the Big East: Miami must hold the fort; Virginia Tech must bounce back from a 2001 season that included just one victory over a good team (BC); Syracuse must at least come close to their improbable success of last year, or the fans will grumble; Boston College must continue to build on their slow but steady resurgence from the gambling scandal that trashed the program in the mid-late 90's; and Pittsburgh must prove they can continue what they started late last year, when they won their last six games.

Miami is clearly atop the league, and WVU, Rutgers, and Temple are clearly at the bottom. In the middle is a four-team battle that promises to be fierce and entertaining in 2002.

Will Stewart
General Manager and Managing Editor Updates From the Past Week

Football News and Articles:
South End Zone Construction Pictures - by Will Stewart, 7/23/02
Ground and aerial photos from last week show the project as it enters its last month.

The Week in Review - by Will Stewart, 7/19/02
Noteworthy news items from this week, as the start of football practice approaches. 

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