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Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

Posted on: August 31, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 4:48 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With Texas A&M now all-but-officially the SEC's lucky 13th team, it hasn't taken long for speculation regarding the league's all-but-inevitable 14th team to heat up. And according to some, that speculation should be focused on Virginia Tech.

It's easy to see why: the Hokies are an established program with a strong following on the East Coast that aren't too far-flung from the SEC's current geographical footprint. But don't tell that to the Hokies themselves, who have already repeatedly tried to squash that speculation and affirm their commitment to the ACC.

Since those previous efforts haven't been enough, though, Hokie presidential spokesman Larry Hincker gave it the ol' college try again Wednesday in an e-mail to the Daily Press's David Teel, one in which he calls the reports of a potential SEC move "total poppycock."

He continues:
How many times do we have to say it? If one of these rumor mongers, would be willing to cite their ‘multiple sources,’ it might lend some credence. Frankly, we’re tired of other people telling us what our future is.

"We are not interested. Nothing has changed. My president will not dignify wild speculation. Our last statement [from Aug. 12] still stands. Bottom line: this is not on our radar screen."
Part of that August 12 statement is that Tech " has no interest in any discussion concerning affiliation with any conference other than the ACC." Hincker told a second reporter that "our athletic director and our president are on record as saying we have absolutely no interest in this whatsoever. And yet the speculation still continues. And it’s a little frustrating, to be honest with you."

Unfortunately for the Hokies, the traditional song-and-dance of conference reshuffling always begins with breathless assurances that everybody in Conference X is committed to Conference X forever-and-ever and would never dream of entertaining the preposterous notion that they might consider stooping to leaving their precious Conference X ... right up until the moment Conference Y actually has an opening.

In short: we believe the Hokies when they say they are fully committed today. But until the SEC has filled that No. 14 slot, we simply can't take it as a solemn guarantee they'll be so committed tomorrow.


Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:57 pm

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

just as they said "even if invitited to the ACC, we would not accept" two days before going to the ACC.....$$$$$$$$$$$ will not be turned down.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:26 pm

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

Better to be kings of the kiddie pool than slaves in the sewer.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:19 pm

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

Why would the Hokies want to become an also-ran in the SEC when they've owned the ACC since they got there? It makes no sense to jump ship. But this is college football, and in college football the only truth is that anything anyone says is a lie, so it depends on the money. That's why they left the Big East for the ACC and it'll be the reason they jump to the SEC IF they do. 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 7:04 pm

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

What would be the draw to the ACC over the SEC, other than much weaker competition?  Bobby Bowden did not want to go to the SEC because he thought it would be easier to win a NC from the ACC.  Maybe VaTech thinks the same thing.  It is not like they have a long and storied history with the conference, but they do have more football titles in their short amount of time in the conference than many longstanding schools do.  If they wish to stay in the kiddie pool, then that is where they should stay. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 6:08 pm

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

The Daily Press has a reporter who covers the Hokies from Blacksburg. That's Hincker's area too.

As far as this story goes, this really is getting ridiculous. Everyone should have already known Virginia Tech has less than zero interest in the SEC. Why does everyone focus on what the SEC wants, but nobody cares what Virginia Tech wants? Virginia Tech does not want to be anywhere but the ACC. Duh.

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 5:39 pm

Hokie spokesman: SEC interest 'total poppycock'

Eh... I lived in the Roanoke Valley for 14 years and I never heard the world "poppycock".  Just thought I'd say that before someone says something about the mountainfolk over there.  You'd think Larry Hincker would be talking to the Roanoke Times since it's in his own backyard, but instead he's talking to the Daily Press out of the Hampton Roads area.  

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