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VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:28 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 11:34 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson put an end to the speculation on Friday, announcing his intentions to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. The junior held a press conference with family members and head coach Frank Beamer at his side, thanking his teammates, coaches, and the Virginia Tech community before making his plans known.

"I have played many Fridays, I have played many Saturdays, and now I will forego my final season to play many Sundays in the NFL." Wilson said in his prepared statement. has Wilson ranked as the No. 3 running back in the 2012 class, behind Alabama's Trent Richardson and Miami's Lamar Miller.  At the press conference he informed the media that he received a second round grade from the NFL draft advisory board, and hopes to improve on that stock with his performance in combines and workouts leading up to draft day.

Wilson explained that since the age of 8, he had dreamed of playing in the NFL. He repeatedly thanked Virginia Tech for "taking a chance on a kid from Danville" and giving him the opportunity to become the first Virginia Tech athlete to be an All-American in two sports (football and track).

In his first year as the primary ball carrier in the Hokies backfield, Wilson exploded for 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns. In addition to leading the ACC in rushing, the junior was named ACC Player of the Year and second-team All-American by the AP and, among others.

Frank Beamer offered words of support at the press conference, showing gratitude for the contributions Wilson made in his three years with the program.

"We all thank David and his family for so many great memories at Virginia Tech. What a great player, and also a great person. This was the beginning here, and it's going to continue on," Beamer said. "We're proud Virginia Tech has been a part of it, anything we can do for you in the future - we'll be there for you."

Wilson's speed and acceleration made him primarily a special teams threat while he backed up Darren Evans and Ryan Williams during his first two seasons in Blacksburg. There was some concern heading into this season that Wilson might not be as productive with a full workload. Wilson had more carries than anyone in the ACC this season, and gave Virginia Tech a reliable option while Logan Thomas grew comfortable with the starting quarterback position.

With Wilson's absence, Thomas becomes the primary offensive option for the Hokies in 2012. Backup running back Josh Oglesby is a senior, as are the top two receivers from 2011. In addition to the skill position openings, the Virginia Tech coaching staff will need to replace four two-year starters along the offensive line.

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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2012 1:11 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Both of you make sense and are correct its about MONEY and academics.  WVU would definately be a better draw than any other Big East school, but their academics.  And WV pop 2mil, PA pop 13+mil, especially if you can get the NYC and Philly markets.  But at last LSU and the Hokies still own WVU. 

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2012 9:30 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

I guess we are about to find out how much academics really matter to Virginia Tech.  My prediction is they will jump ship and go for the money.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:12 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Academics is the excuse and nothing more.  It keeps them from having to admit the truth.  That it's because Pitt has the potential to make a lot more money for the ACC if and when they create an ACC network.  Everyone is looking at the Big Ten model and hoping to repeat it's success.  Let me spell it out for you.  For every Big Ten Network subscriber in the eight-state footprint of the Big Ten, the league gets 70 to 80 cents a month. For every subscriber outside the footprint it gets about 10 cents.  Pennsylvania's population is nearly 13 million, West Virginia's is 2 million.  Do the math, if the ACC can get a cable network up and running Pitt can potentially generate $8.25 million per month more than WVU. So in the ACC's minds WVU would be a taker and not a giver in terms of making money for the conference.  What's worse is they will compete for conference titles and prestige in football and basketball but won't make any money for the conference.  Can you honestly tell me toboacco road would be happy to see the WVU mascot as the face of the ACC?  A big, burly, bearded hick dressed in buckskin firing his musket in celebration of WVU winning the ACC basketball title.  They couldn't handle it, they'd choke on their tea and crumpets as they watched in horror.  Pitt, on the other hand, will be just the opposite, they could be a huge cash cow and will likely only be competitive in basketball, but could just as easily get lost in the mix.  Even if they do win they aren't a bunch of inbred hicks so it will be ok.  They aren't as good as the people that go to Duke and UNC, but they aren't far behiind. 

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:02 am

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Of course money matters and is the #1 reason for expansion but academics is what keeps WVU out.  In terms of basketball and media, Pitt and WVU are very equal.  In football, WVU has the edge.  However, the biggest difference between the two is academics.  While it isn't the major deciding factor, that is what keeps WVU out, fair or not.  Also, with the possibility of adding two more teams, why did the ACC fully reject WVU?  Many believe UConn and Rutgers may be the next two added if Notre Dame can't be convinced to join in all sports.  Both UConn and Rutgers rank in the top 100 in terms of academics as well.  Do either bring in the football money WVU does?  Of course not.  So again, we see how the only thing holding WVU back is their academic standing.  Like I have said, I'm not saying it is fair but that's how the ACC looks at expansion.  Basketball and academics were the reasons Tech was initially rejected from the ACC.  Basketball is very good at WVU so that leaves academics.  Seriously, what else do you honestly think it could be?  There is no doubt in my mind or anyone I have talked to that WVU would bring in more buzz and money than Pitt and Syracuse.  If we understand that, I would think the ACC officials do as well.  But, they put more emphasis on academics than you are willing to admit.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:20 am

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

In case you didn't catch his comments back in October, this is Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo on why the ACC is adding Pitt and Syracuse.

“We always keep our television partners close to us,’’ he said. “You don’t get extra money for basketball. It’s 85 percent football money. TV – ESPN – is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball.’’

You can substitute academics for basketball and the statement would still be true.

I am personnaly torn by what has gone down this fall.  I'm excited about WVU playing in the Big-12, but at the same time it's very sad because in all likelyhood we will never play Pitt, Tech, Syracuse, Rutgers, or MD on a regular basis ever again.  I don't talke to friends from Tech about football anymore because, what's the point?  In all likelyhood they will never play again unless in a bowl.  WVU will have 9 conference games in the Big-12 leaving 3 non-conference games.  1 of those will be used for early season home game, and I suspect this JMU neutral site game is a trial run for things to come.  If not, it will be used to play a home and home seires with either MD or Rutgers.  That leaves only 1 game.  WVU will try to use that to keep the Pitt series alive.  WVU-Pitt is a rivalry that is over 100 years old, and there is no guarantee that it will ever be played agian.  All good things come to an end I guess, but what a shame.  We will be playing better competition in the Big-12, but we will also be travelling thousands of miles in the process.  The closest Big-12 school is 870 miles from Morgantown.  The ACC says WVU can't join because of academics, when the reality is they are chasing the all-might dollar.  The funny thing is money-wise WVU will end up making a lot more in the Big-12.       

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:58 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Also, this year, you can easily argue WVU has been better than Tech.  Rankings say that.  I can't argue with you because there is no head-to-head result.  However, over time, Virginia Tech has been better than WVU since ACC expansion.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:57 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

I'm not saying academics is everything but it does matter.  With things very similar, the ACC went with Pitt and Syracuse over WVU.  If it was just about football money then WVU would easily be ahead of those two.  If you honestly think the only reason WVU isn't in the ACC is because Tech didn't want them, then I certainly am insulting your intellegience.  You can say that money buys academic rank but the truth is WVU ranks 63 spots behind the weakest academic school in the ACC.  Like I said, academic ranking was the major factor in the fight against allowing Tech in.  As a top engineering school, Tech still had to have assitance from other ACC schools to get in.  WVU falls behind Tech in academics by a large margin and there is no way they get in, with or without assistance.  You can continue to say that rankings are tainted but the truth of the matter is all but two of the ACC teams are ranked in the top 75 nationally.  Obviously, education is up to the individual but a conference like the ACC has to select based on overall success.  In no way do I think I am smarter than you for going to Tech and you to WVU.  However, again, conferences who put emphasis on academic ranks care more about the whole than two random guys arguing on a message board. 

Now back to sports.  The only reason you continue to say that BCS results matter is that is the only stat that shows the Big East is better.  Since expansion, Virginia Tech (the ACCs best team) and WVU (the Big East's best team) have met twice with Tech winning both.  The two have met and the results show Tech has been better since expansion.  In fact, FSU, Ga Tech and Virginia Tech have been the best ACC schools since expansion and they are a combined 12-2 versus the Big East.  WVU, Cinn and Louis have been the most consistent Big East teams over this time and are 16-12.  Now lets look at it a little deeper.  The ACC is 7-2 against the teams ranked the highest in the Big East.  So, the top teams do play each other and the ACC leads 7-2.  If you want to argue that WVU, Cinn and Louisville aren't the top 3 Big East teams since 2004, feel free to do so.  I will gladly do that research too.

From a football perspective, adding Pitt and Syracuse isn't ideal.  To me, they hurt Tech more than not expanding at all.  However, I understand that academics matter to the ACC and they selected teams like this with hopes of offering Notre Dame, Penn St, etc.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:16 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

To me it's pointless to compare head-to-head conference records when not every team plays each other.  It's not a fair comparison.  WVU beats up on MD, Tech beats up on U Connor whoever, but Tech and WVU don't play.  Those types of arguements are pointless.  That's why I go by record in the BCS.  Base on your way of arguing WVU is vastly superior to VA Tech since you couldn't beat Clemson this year but we go and drop 70 ponts on them in one game.  I can also argue that WVU is better than Alabama because we totalled over 500 yards of offense and Alabama only had 384.  Syracuse can claim they are better than Clemson becasue they beat WVU and WVU beat Clemson.  It gets ridiculous in a hurry.  2-13 vs 7-7, however, is undeniable.  The BCS is supposed to pit the best vs the best.  The ACC continuously comes up short so you have to conclude that they are not the best of the best.

As far as the Tech, WVU playing, if that is true it's because WVU has no interest in neutral site games not fear of Tech.  WVU, just like everybody else wants a minimum 7 home games per year so they can maximize the money earned.  Marshall has claimed for years that WVU was affraid to play them.  The truth was that WVU would play Marshall every year in Morgantown.  It took an act from the governor to get the latest series set up, and I don't look for it to continue if it's not in Morgantown every year.  Evey home game lost is money lost.  Luck just made a deal to play JMU at Fed Ex field claiming WVU will make more money than playing a home and home with JMU.  Alumni and stadium vendors are having a conniption over lost revenue by giving up a home game.  Luck swears up and down that WVU will make more money playing at Fed Ex, who knows.  Maybe if this is successful they will replace JMU with Tech in the future, that would be nice.

Academics doesn't comapre apples and oranges either.  A lot is base on how much money is spent.  Total dollars, not per-capita.  Schools in states with smaller populations will always come up short in that comparrison.  WVU also has an open admissions policy which hurts their academic rating.  That is based on the demographics of the state and won't change anytime soon.  When I went to WVU it was rated the best higher education value on the east coast.  Spending money does not equate to great education, if it did the US would have the greatest education system in the world, but it doesn't. Like many other things in life, when it comes to education it's up mostly up to the individual, not the institution.  Hence the saying "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

The ACC can talk academics all they want, but the plain truth is the move to add Pitt and Syracuse is about money and nothing else.  You are kidding yourself and insulting my intelligence by claiming otherwise.  If it was about academics there would be rumors about Harvard or Princeton being sought after instead of U Conn or Rutgers.  Even WVU to the Big-12 is about money.  The Big-12 was set to take Louisville but the Networks said they would prefer them to take WVU because the TV ratings would be better. 

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:04 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Academics is a major factor in certain conferences.  That is why Pitt was selected over WVU.  It just is.  Both bring in similar markets but Pitt was chosen over WVU because WVU doesn't match up academically.  And, Miami is the 38th ranked school in the nation in terms of academics.  It's a very good school no matter what many who only see the football side think.  The two conferences that put the most emphasis on academics are the Big Ten and the ACC.  Do you think it is coincidence that both refused to offer WVU?  And, you really think Virginia Tech is afraid of adding WVU?  That is just plain homer speak.  I could tell you that our AD has talked with your AD for years now about starting the Black Diamond back but only at neutral sites.  Your AD refuses to do this.  We can keep going with rumors but neither you nor I really know the truth.

Regarding WVU owning the ACC, that may be true but I doubt it would have been as dominant.  Virginia Tech hasn't lost to the Big East since they left.  WVU however, has not been as successful versus the ACC over that time.  Heck, the two previous years, Tech was busy winning the ACC while WVU lost to teams taht the Hokies either beat or finished well ahead of.  Obviously, we don't know how WVU would have faired but claiming they would have done equal to Virginia Tech seems less likely when you look at the evidence.

In terms of media markets, you may be correct that Tech isn't super popular in the Raleigh-Durham market but that is not considered the major market for Virginia Tech.  Roanoke, Charlotte, Richmond and D.C. are all considered much larger media markets for Tech than Raleigh.

In terms of comparing the conferences, you quickly point out the differences in BCS bowl game results but want to discredit the head-to-head results over the same time period?  It kills your arguement when in one post you toss out BCS results but the next you say anything can happen and numbers don't always tell the true story.  I agree.  Numbers don't always tell the true story and that is why I say the best way to compare the conferences is head-to-head and not by games against other conferences.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:32 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Get off your acadmeics high horse.  This was purely a move driven by TV markets and what they want.  The dude at BC let the cat out of the bag on that one (as if we didn't know that already).  I don't care what charts or stats you want to bring up on the academics argument,, you will not convince me that WVU grads can't match up with grads from NC State, MD, VA Tech, or any other school.  Consider this, what college football fan or basketball fan ever watches a game between any two given schools and wonders if one spends more money on research than another?  If tobacco road REALLY, TRULY cared about academics Duke and UNC would drop out of the ACC and join the Ivy league.  That's about the level of football those two play anyway.  I'll temper this comment by saying it is my personal opinion based on my own intuition.  The rumor in Morgantown (and I did have a source close to the AD tell me this) is that WVU had a good chance of getting invited to the ACC but Tech sandbagged them.  I think the real story is VA Tech feared having to compete with WVU in recruiting and trips to BCS bowls.  With these TV market deals I'm not totally convinced it's base in reality.  I saw a website that included blacksburg in the Raleigh-Durham media market because they are within 200 miles of Raleigh-Durham.  That significantly boosts the population of Tech's market, but how many people in Raleigh-Durham really care about Tech?  C'mon.  Unfortunately for WVU, Morgantown lies 202 or 203 miles from DC or it would be credited with the DC media market.  If not for that 2 or 3 miles, I promise you the ACC would have been begging for WVU to join, academics be damned.  Still, in terms of the Pittsburgh media market, Pitt is an afterthought.  There are just as many, if not more, people watching WVU.

Also, maybe I'm not making myself clear in terms of the conferences being equal.  I realize some years the ACC is better, and some years the Big East is better, eventually things balance out.  I haven't bothered to check the numbers you quoted, but other than bowls WVU doesn't play many ACC teams.  They recently re-started the MD series but they have been a joke lately and not a good test.   It matters who is playing who at what time.  In Rich Rod's first 2 bowl games MD owned him, but less than two years later WVU could have scored 50 or 60 every game on MD if they wanted.  Over a decade's time you could say MD and WVU were equal.  Point is, numbers don't always tell the whole story.   Is there a huge talent gap between the ACC and Big East?  No.  The ACC just has a better front office and better marketing.  I think lately there has been better coaching in the ACC, but things were starting to shift there before this last raiding.  The ACC has won more games against the Big East, but the Big East has a better track record in the BCS.  What numbers tell the true story?  Personally, I don't think the competetion between teams is consistelntly as fierce in the ACC as it is/was in the Big East.  If think if you built a time machine and had WVU switch places with Tech in 2004 WVU would have rulled the ACC roost just as Tech has done.

Every program and conference goes through cycles.  The problem with the Big East now is too many programs are on a down cycle, and virtually everyone made major mistakes in terms of coaches.  WVU should not have promoted Bill Stewart on the fly.  Louisville hasn't been the same since Petrino left, Pitt should not have fired Wanstadt, Syracuse, where do I begin with them?  Cincy is the only team that has continued to progress after a coaching change.  The ACC, on the other hand, benefits from the Miami and Florida State brands even though those programs have been in decline lately.  Speaking of Miami, maybe that school is good academically, (I really have know idea) but how can you try and make an intelcutal argument that WVU doesn't deserve to be in the ACC becasue of academics when you have a school as corrupt as Miami in your conference?  How many times now have they been caught cheating?  Apparently, the classes dealing with ethics are sub-par at the U. 

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