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The new stuff is starting to show up at, and we promise that you're going to love it! Here are some of the brand-new products we're stocking -- take a look, and in future TSLMail's, we'll let you know about more and more of the new items as they roll in.

Ladies Sleeveless Demin Blouse - $34.95
Lady Hokies, Look great and feel good in this 100% cotton sleeveless denim button-down shirt from Lee Authentic denim This 6.0 oz denim blowse has the Virginia Tech arched logo embriodered in maroon over the left chest and features double needle stitching on the arm holes and shoulders. Back yoke; Logo buttons; Extra buttons. S, M, L, and XL.
VT Golf Towel - $15.95
This 16"x26" heavyweight towel by Toppers is the perfect touch for your golf bag. Plush terry velour handsomely embroidered with a LARGE VT. Patented lock clip prevents accidental detachment. Maroon.
VT Helmet Auto Magnet - $14.95
This is THE magnet to have on your vehicle while making your way to Lane Stadium or to show your Hokie pride no matter where you are. Be ready for the other Hokies on the road to show their appreciation and support when they see the Chicago maroon helmet and the VT logo. We hear it will even help you in traffic!  Fade resistant graphics  Made for most vehicles
VT Embroidered Microfibre Vest - $45.95
This Microfibre vest by Holoway will keep you looking good, comfortable and dry. The Maroon trimmed vest looks great with the VT logo embroidered on the left chest and is perfect for those early mornings on the links as well as under the lights on fall game nights. Fully lined in nylon  Knit crossover V-neck and armholes Seam forward pockets. M, L, XL, and XXL.
VT Nylon Pullover Jacket - $59.95
The Coordinator by Holloway is one sweet pull over. The Maroon and black 1/3 zip pull over easily folds into it's own zippered pocket and will fasten around your waist when fully packed. We have embroidered the VT logo on the left chest in orange and white. Packable into its own zippered pouch. M, L, XL, and XXL.

   Tech Sports News

Hokie Pride Day is Today!

Okay, so we're a little bit late reminding you, but today is Hokie Pride Day throughout the Roanoke and New River Valleys and the entire state of Virginia.

The goal of Hokie Pride Day is to promote pride and enthusiasm for Virginia Tech and the 2002 football team. Roanoke Valley Hokie Club is encouraging local businesses to decorate their establishments and use their signs to support Hokie Pride Day. Participating businesses may also offer specials to Hokie fans or have a Hokie casual dress day. In the previous years over 100 sponsors in the Roanoke Valley have participated in Hokie Pride Day.

Hokie fans are invited to gather at for a Hokie Pride Happy Hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. at 419 West, the newly opened restaurant, at 3865 Electric Road in Roanoke. For directions, call (540) 776-0419.

Display your Hokie spirit by wearing maroon and orange, decorating your homes and vehicles, and preparing for the upcoming 2002 football season. The Roanoke Valley may turn into a sea of maroon and orange for the day!!

Show your Hokie Spirit!!! Wear your colors!!! Fly your flags!!! Go Hokies!!! We are ready for the 2002 football season!!! For more information, please contact any of the following members of the Hokie Pride Day committee:

Or visit:

Big-Time Recruits Checking Out the VT/LSU Game

Lane Stadium promises to be rocking this Sunday for the Hokies and the LSU Tigers, and some of Tech's biggest recruiting targets will be on hand. Over 50 recruits will be there (let's hear it for a Sunday game on Labor Day weekend, which makes it easy for recruits to travel to VT), and the list includes LB Xavier Adibi, DL Vince Redd, DL Chris Ellis, OL/DL Carlton Powell, LB Brett Warren, LB Vince Hall, VT commit Kory Robertson, VT commit Matt Welsh, DE/TE Duane Brown, and WR Fontel Mines.

One note of interest is that Redd, Powell, and Adibi were present at the Arkansas State game, so this makes their second straight trip to the 'Burg to see the Hokies play.

Hokie fans: Thanks for the great support of Advance Auto Parts!

Started in 1932 in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Advance Auto Parts has grown phenomenally over the years and now includes the Western Auto/Parts America, Carport Auto Parts, and Discount Auto Parts chains. Advance Auto Parts now operates more than 2,400 stores throughout the country, with a heavy concentration in the Atlantic region, from Florida to Maine.

Visit the Advance Auto Parts store near you, or visit their web site. Advance Auto Parts' web site includes a store locator to find the location nearest you, an on-line store where you can shop for parts and performance accessories, and information about their latest sales, special offers, and rebates.

Support by purchasing all your automotive needs from Advance Auto Parts online. Their web site has all the great parts and services you've come to expect from Advance Auto Parts while utilizing the convenience of the Internet.

As always, keep an eye on our ever-growing list of sponsors on our TSL Sponsors Page.

Get in Your Seats Early Sunday

Something special is going to happen Sunday, so be sure to arrive at your seats early to see what it is. As we "went to press" with TSLMail, the news had not been officially released by VT, so just take our word for it, you won't want to miss what's going down.

How early is early? Well, no one is saying, but we suggest you "park it" in your seat with about 15-20 minutes to go before the 2:30 kickoff. That ought to give you enough time to make sure you don't miss out.

Western Michigan Game Time Set for Noon

Virginia Tech's September 28th road game against Western Michigan has been slated for a noon kickoff and ESPN Regional (ESPN+) telecast. Television clearances for the mid-Atlantic region will be determined and released at a later date. The game will also reach a national audience as part of ESPN's GamePlan pay-per-view package that is available through local cable providers, DIRECTV and DISH networks.

Depth Chart Changes for LSU Game ... Sort Of

This Sunday against LSU, according to the game note depth charts released on, two players will start who did not start against Arkansas State. Rover Michael Crawford and whip linebacker Brandon Manning, neither of whom were listed as starters against ASU, will start against LSU.

Last week's game notes had Billy Hardee and Mike Daniels listed as the starters at rover and whip, respectively. In reality, Manning and Crawford both started last week.

Don't blame, though -- the TV broadcasters got it wrong, too. They listed Manning as a starter, and Hardee as a starter, and they were only half right. Manning started, but Crawford's #21 jersey can clearly be seen on the field from play one, not Hardee's #25.

In the end, it was a wash against ASU. Manning and Crawford were in for 31 plays, and Daniels and Hardee were in for 30.

TSL Roster Card for LSU Game Available

TSL's popular roster card is ready for the LSU game. It's a PDF file, so you'll need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader to read it. If you've got the Adobe Reader, you can download the roster card by clicking here.

Please note that TSL's LSU game preview will be posted Friday afternoon.

Board of Visitors Approves West Side Expansion

Monday, Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors formally gave the go-ahead to Tech's planned expansion of the West (press box) side of Lane Stadium, at a cost of "at least" $47.8 million. The details are as follows:

  • 800 chairback seats in a glass-enclosed section
  • 15 or 18 luxury boxes
  • two-story memorabilia display for Tech teams
  • new or renovated press-box tower
  • academic support offices, ticket offices, and Hokie Club offices
  • seating capacity increase from 65,115 to 66,233

The Tech Athletic Department had considered proposing an expanded West side that would have added about 5,500 more seats, but that plan would have run about $72 million, or $25 million more than the approved expansion, so it was scrapped in favor of the 66,233-seat version of the stadium.

Construction will begin after the 2003 season or the 2004 season, depending upon how early fundraising goes. If construction starts in 2003, it will be ready for the 2005 season; otherwise, it won't be ready until the 2006 season.

The Hokie Club will have to raise about $20 million of the required $47.8 million.

Texas A&M/VT T-shirt Update

The Texas chapters of the VTAA wanted us to remind you that if you're thinking about ordering one of their commemorative orange T-shirts for the game this year, you should do so soon. Their mail-order deadline is September 6th.

If you're going to the game, the Texas VTAA chapters want you to wear their shirt. Click here to see it and to order.

Will Stewart
General Manager and Managing Editor

   Issue #22 of the TSL Extra

Issue #22 of the TSL Extra is here, and this month's issue is a features the ongoing debate about who should start at QB for Virginia Tech, plus articles about the South end zone's Stadium Club, a profile of recruited walk-on fullback Jesse Allen, and more!

Here are the details on this month's articles:

Noel vs. Randall: The Debate Continues -- by Will Stewart
Last weekend's ASU game summed up the QB battle perfectly.

Hokies of the Virtual Gridiron -- by Greg Zesinger by Greg Zesinger
A former insider to the video gaming industry tells you how they do it.

Life in the Not-So-Cheap Seats -- by Will Stewart
In which our intrepid reporter braves the harsh environment of the Stadium Club to give you the scoop.

A Massachusetts Fullback in Frank Beamer's Court -- by Cary Whaley
How a lightly recruited fullback named Jesse Allen found his way to VT as a walk-on.

Inside the Numbers: Rating the 1991 Recruiting Class -- by Will Stewart
We take a look at the class that won the Sugar Bowl.

Inside TSL: Letters to the Editor -- by Will Stewart
An announcer works his butt off, and a webmaster takes some abuse.

If you're a TSL Extra subscriber and want to access the latest issue, or if you're not and want to find out more, then check out our TSL Extra Info Page.

A TSL Extra subscription is $24.95 a year and comes with a 10% discount on all purchases, plus access to every back issue of the TSLX -- that's hundreds of pages of Hokie-related reading!

So if you're not a subscriber, try out the goods and come on board! The TSLX is only $24.95 per year. Click here to subscribe! Updates From the Past Week

Beerman's Picks
by Ben Shapiro, 8/29/02
Last Week: No significant injuries in a controlled scrimmage against Arkansas State. A close shave in corn country. Texas Tech is done in the B-12 if they don't figure out how to stop the run. This Week: This time...this time it's for real.
in Voice of the Fan

TSL Round Table #9
by, 8/29/02
This week's question: Based on what you saw in the Arkansas State game, who would you start at quarterback: Grant Noel or Bryan Randall?
in Voice of the Fan

Around the Big East
by Matthew McKinley, 8/29/02
Hello, and welcome to another season of Virginia Tech Football! (About time, ainít it, yíall?) Another long, interminable offseason has come and gone, thankfully enough, and itís time to get down to the nitty-gritty of Tech fansí favorite time of year. Well, at least itís my favorite time of year.
in Voice of the Fan

Hokie Hotline Notes
by GalaxHokie, 8/27/02
Bill Roth opened the show with this welcome for new offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring: "We always like to have the offensive coordinator in after scoring 63 points."
in Hotline Notes

Virginia Tech 63, Arkansas State 7
by Will Stewart, 8/26/02
Blacksburg, VA - It was expected to be a cakewalk, and it was. Getting points from all phases of the game, the Virginia Tech Hokies jumped to a 56-0 halftime lead and crushed Arkansas State 63-7 in the Hispanic College Fund Classic in Lane Stadium.
in Football

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