News With Commentary by TSL Staff

Tuesday, July 17, 2001
by Will Stewart,

Issue #9 of the TSL Extra

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In addition to those two stories, this month's issue continues the college football playoff debate with point-counterpoint articles. There is also an interesting article on Virginia Tech Licensing, as well as an "Inside TSL" article that brings you up-to-date on all the behind-the-scenes action at

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

Recruiting Profile: Montavis Pitts -- by Will Stewart
The story of Montavis Pitts, a multi-talented football player from tiny Loachapoka High School in Alabama, is the stuff football recruiting legends are made of. In the short span of a few days last May, Pitts changed from a little-known player with just two scholarship offers into a Virginia Tech verbal commitment with over a dozen offers, including all the heavyweight teams in the SEC...

A Look Back: the 1990 Tech-UVa Game -- by Jim Alderson
Recently, a miserable selection of television programming choices, even by Dead Zone standards, sent me rummaging through the farthest reaches of my videotape collection. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a tape I had not viewed in a long time, that of the 1990 Virginia Tech-Virginia football game, a 38-13 Tech victory. Needless to say, it made for great television...

Point: College Football Needs a Playoff -- by John Galinsky
The truth is, the current bowl system is antiquated and, let's face it, boring. While basketball junkies get the passion and drama of March Madness, football fans get nothing comparable to stir their emotions. Instead, they get sorry spectacles -- like, for instance, the Oahu Bowl, with its nearly-empty stadium - and dozens of irrelevant contests...

Counterpoint: College Football Doesn't Need a Playoff -- by Bruce McKinley, VT Class of 1986
Letís try to ignore the logical breakdowns and the multiple bait-and-switch temptations to dream of jackpots that will never materialize, and concentrate on the issue. Should the all-consuming, ever-increasing bottom line be the end-all of college athletics, and should we do whatever it takes to bring in more revenue?...

Outside the Lines: Virginia Tech Licensing -- by Will Stewart
Locke White's office is a Hokie fan's dream, full of the most interesting and varied Virginia Tech-related items you can imagine...

Inside TSL: Short Takes -- by Will Stewart
A smorgasbord of TSL-related topics, from the content in the TSLX to some news items...

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