News With Commentary by TSL Staff

Tuesday, June 18, 2001
by Will Stewart,

Issue #8 of the TSL Extra

It's the middle of the offseason, but you shouldn't have to suffer through it without anything to read about Tech sports. is proud to release issue 8 of the TSL Extra, featuring a profile of quarterback recruit Chris Clifton and the third part of the "Money Makers" series on finances in college athletics (this installment is about basketball revenue and income). This issue of the TSL Extra contains 6 new articles and totals 42 pages of Hokie-related reading.

This month's issue, in addition to the Clifton profile and "Money Makers" article, also includes a complete rundown, including predictions, of the Big East 2001 football season by Jim Alderson. There's an article by Scott Veith that lets you know what former Tech DB Torrian Gray is up to now, and this month's "Inside the Numbers" feature breaks down the long decline in Hokie men's basketball attendance (it makes a nice companion piece to this month's "Money Makers" article about hoops).

Here's a rundown of the articles in this month's TSL Extra:

Recruiting Profile: Chris Clifton -- by Neal Williams
A year ago, it looked as if Chris Clifton of Deep Creek High in Chesapeake, Va., would carry the ATH tag with him. When he was recruited, that was the thinking. When he committed to Virginia Tech before his senior season at Deep Creek, that was the thinking. Though hed played mostly quarterback as a junior, the Hokies originally thought theyd find a place for Clifton at wide receiver. Or maybe running back. Or maybe somewhere on defense. Somewhere, for sure...

The Money Makers, Part 3: Basketball -- by Will Stewart
This article, Part 3 of the series, takes a look at men's basketball income and expenses, and then compares that to football income and expenses. We've all heard that football is the "cash cow" in college sports, and that it's the driver in college athletic trends. As the data will show, this is true...

The Big East 2001, Game by Game -- by Jim Alderson
I spend many hours this time of year poring over the BE schedule and working out various scenarios. Following is how I think the upcoming year will actually play out. As always, these predictions are guaranteed to be correct unless they are not...

Catching Up With Torrian Gray -- by Scott Veith
In 1998, Torrian Gray was in the process of solidifying himself as a National Football League defensive back. Three years later, hes submitted to the idea that hell never play another down of football...

Inside the Numbers: Tumbleweeds in Cassell -- by Will Stewart
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Virginia Tech was a basketball school. Yes, it sounds hard to believe, but in the past, the popularity of men's basketball at Virginia Tech arguably exceeded the popularity of football, and in many years, there actually wasn't any argument to be made: basketball was king...

Inside TSL: Short Takes -- by Will Stewart
A letter to the editor re: Jim Rome; web site traffic statistics; and the latest on the search for a new TSL logo...

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