Virginia Tech AD did not want Thursday night home game in '13

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

For the first time since 2001, Lane Stadium will not host a Thursday night game. (USATSI)
For the first time since 2001, Lane Stadium will not host a Thursday night game. (USATSI)

When the ACC released its 2013 football schedule on Monday, there was one notable absence from the collection of nationally televised Thursday night games. For the first time in more than a decade, Virginia Tech will not host a Thursday night game in Lane Stadium.

Many fans voiced their displeasure on Monday, aiming most of their blame at the ACC league office. But Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver told The Washington Post that he was the one who requested that the Hokies not host a Thursday night game in 2013.

"I know this sounds crazy, but I was just trying to say 'thank you' to our fans who over the last [19] years . . . helped make Virginia Tech a desirable candidate for Thursday nights year in and year out," Weaver explained to The Post. "And, you know, because of the travel situation and kids getting to school on Friday and parents or adults getting back to work, some can make it happen and some can't.

"A consideration for our fans once in a great many of years, I thought was very appropriate."

According to The Post, Weaver explained that Hokies coach Frank Beamer was also "fine with the decision."

Virginia Tech will play an away game on Thursday night in 2013, in Atlanta to face Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech.

Virginia Tech hosted a Thursday night game against Florida State in 2012 after kicking off the season on a Monday night against Georgia Tech. For fans who struggle with being able to attend games with weeknight kickoffs, 2012 was short two home Saturday games. Taking a year off from weeknight games, in Weaver's mind, repays those lost Saturday games to season-ticket holders.

The logic of giving fans more football on Saturdays makes sense, but there is something odd about Lane Stadium not hosting a Thursday night game. Virginia Tech first hosted West Virginia on a Thursday night on Sept. 22, 1994. The Hokies' move from the Big East to the ACC did not stop the streak of memorable weeknight games.

In the current streak of Thursday night games -- which dates to the 2002 season -- the Hokies posted a 8-3 record. Since that streak will come to an end in 2013, we will leave you with some fond memories of "Enter Sandman" at night in Lane Stadium.

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