Monday, October 22, 2001 News Release Announces the Hiring of Advertising Sales Director and Launching of Tiered Sponsorships for Businesses

RADFORD, VA, October 22, 2001 - and SportsWar, LLC are very pleased to announce that Trey Copeland has joined the company as Advertising Director. "We are very excited by this new addition to our team," said Will Stewart, TSLís General Manager and Editor. "Trey has a decade of distinguished sales experience, and has earned an outstanding reputation for success wherever he has been."

Mr. Copeland will lead the companyís new "tiered sponsorship" initiative, which enables a select few interested businesses to efficiently and effectively reach our impressive and loyal audience of over 150,000 fans.

"TechSideline is a special place - a true community," said Copeland. "It is clearly is the place where Hokie fans come for news, opinion, camaraderie and conversation. We believe that by partnering with TSL, corporate sponsors will be rewarded with the patronage of a large, loyal and passionate group of new customers." and its sister site,, will each offer three levels or tiers of sponsorship. These programs are well designed and flexible enough to meet the needs of different advertisers, who will be incorporated into the web sites in an exclusive and aesthetically pleasing manner.

Said Stewart, "We believe that the loyalty of our visitors and TechSideline.comís strong sense of community will be very attractive to potential sponsors. I would like to thank all of our users for their continuing support of our growth. I hope that each of you will join me in enthusiastically embracing our future sponsors, who make possible our continued strong presence in the marketplace."

If your business is interested in increasing its exposure with tens of thousands of loyal Hokie fans via a sponsorship, or if you have any other comments or questions regarding our sponsorships packages, Trey Copeland can be contacted by phone at (434) 823-9714 and by email at

IMPORTANT: All visitors to please help us by filling out our demographic survey. Your answers are confidential.

Hokies for the Hungry

The Marching Virginians, Virginia Tech's marching band, will sponsor a massive canned food drive in conjunction with the VT vs. Syracuse football game on Saturday, October 27. The goal of the ambitious HOKIES FOR THE HUNGRY drive is to collect fifty thousand cans of food.

Dr. Paul E. Torgersen, former president of the University, is serving as Honorary Chairman of HOKIES FOR THE HUNGRY. "I am pleased to be working with The Marching Virginians in this very worthwhile undertaking," stated Torgersen. "Iíve had a close relationship with the MVs and this is but one more service that theyíre providing through Virginia Tech for its surrounding community."

Drop-off points for HOKIES FOR THE HUNGRY will be set up outside of Lane Stadium, at the Marching Virginiansí practice field, and across campus where Tailgate Pep Bands will be stationed prior to the noon kick-off.

All contributions will be distributed through the Montgomery County Christmas Store.

First BCS Rankings Due Out at 7 PM Today

The initial 2001 BCS rankings are due out today, at 7 o'clock tonight (watch ESPN to see them). Preliminary unofficial BCS rankings have the Hokies listed at #5 behind Oklahoma, Nebraska, UCLA, and Miami.

One of the teams in front of Tech in the BCS rankings (if the unofficial version is correct) will fall this weekend when Oklahoma visits Nebraska.

Kenneth Massey, whose computer rankings are included in the BCS rankings, has a link at his web site which lists his rankings and includes commentary regarding the effect of margin of victory, schedule strength, and other factors that influence the computer component of the BCS formula. Click here to see that information.


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