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Worsham Field Update
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com
In TSLMail #87 back in July, we ran some pictures of the Lane Stadium field that looked, uh, rough.
Since then, new sod has been installed on the field (also detailed in TSLMail #87, and with the season opener two days away, the sod, which we can now start calling "turf," I guess, looks great and has even held up well during the fall scrimmages. Click the picture to the right to see how the turf looks.
The real test for the new turf will come later this season, as the weather turns colder. The field looked great last year at the beginning of the season, but by the WVU game, Tech officials were painting it green so it didn't look terrible on TV. Hopefully, the crew got it right this time, and the field will be solid all the way through Tech's Nov. 22nd date with Boston College.
Speaking of Lane Stadium, the expansion of the west side was approved by VT's Board of Visitors this week. If you haven't had a chance to digest the numbers and facts, here are the highlights:
That's a maximum revenue potential of $5,574,000 per year. VT officially expects to sell 70% of the suites and premium seats, for $3.9 million of revenue per year, which will be used to service the $27.5 million debt.
This year's athletic budget, according to a recent Daily Progress article, will be almost $34 million. If VT is able to maximize premium seating revenue and continue to grow Hokie Club revenues, Virginia Tech athletics could have $40 million of athletic revenue within the next few years, especially with the advent of higher ACC revenue sharing figures.
Compare that $40 million with the $16.2 million in revenue VT took in during the 1996-97 academic year (according to the Chronicle of Higher Education). Assuming VT hits $40 million by 2006-07, that's a jump of 146% in just ten years.
I wish my salary grew like that.
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Lakewood (NJ) tailback Dwayne Jones has fans talking with his 6-1, 230 pound stature coupled with his 4.4 speed in the 40. Jones lists Virginia, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Syracuse as his top four. Syracuse, along with BC, Nebraska, and Rutgers have extended official offers. Jones may visit Virginia Tech this weekend.
One of the stateís best, Robinson (Fairfax) LB/DE Olu Hall, is open to anyone, but likes Virginia Tech and Virginia at this point. Hall is a versatile player who is athletic enough to play linebacker but plays defensive end very well.
Westfield (Chantilly, VA) WR Eddie Royal remains wide open. He will not visit any schools this weekend, but mentioned he will trip to Blacksburg for the November 1st contest versus Miami (FL). Virginia has not offered and may be dropped from his list if they do not do so soon.
Another player who will check out the Hokies contest versus Miami (FL) is Westlake (MD) speedster Jared Fagan. Virginia Tech is the clear leader for Fagan, who is being recruited as an athlete by most schools. Virginia Tech likes him as an athlete as well, and has offered him a scholarship. Boston College has also offered.
Jack Britt (NC) star George Bell, who would have been one of the top running backs in the nation if it were not for a devastating knee injury his junior year, has scheduled a visit to Michigan for September 6. Virginia was scheduled for September 27th, however that will need to be rescheduled. NC State leads with Virginia Tech close behind.
Virginia Tech lost out to Pitt for Lynchburg Christian tailback Rashad Jennings. Jennings chose the Panthers over the Hokies in order to follow his dream of playing tailback in college. Virginia Tech liked him as a linebacker.
My new Top 30 will be released Friday. There will be quite a shake up in the rankings, as I was able to view and study more and more film following my first release. Also, I will post film on Culpeper S Kent Hicks, who will be rated in the top five in the state.
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