News With Commentary by TSL Staff

Monday, November 3, 2003
by Will Stewart,

ESPN GameDay Heading to Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh athletic department announced Sunday that ESPN's GameDay crew of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit will broadcast their show from Pittsburgh this coming Saturday.

The Hokies and Panthers, who are 1 and 2 in the Big East Conference, will meet in a 7:45 matchup that will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2. The network decision will be made later today.

Pittsburgh is 6-2 overall and 3-0 in conference. Right behind them are the Hokies (7-1, 3-1 Big East), Hurricanes (7-1, 3-1), and WVU Mountaineers (4-4, 2-1).

Should a tie occur at the top of the league standings, the Big East has extensive tiebreakers for two-team or three-team ties. The tiebreakers are based on head-to-head competition and BCS rankings, and in the large majority of cases will give the tiebreaker to the head-to-head winner, making a change only if there is a significant difference in BCS rankings.

Click here for Big East tiebreakers

Hokies Shoot Back Up the Rankings

By virtue of their resounding win over Miami, the Hokies have risen significantly in this week's rankings, going to #5 in both polls. This is a change from rankings of #10 (AP poll) and #11 (coaches' poll) last week.

VT is also expected to move up in the BCS rankings. Last week, the Hokies were #16, and ESPN's Brad Edwards projects them at #6 this week.

Hall Out for First Half Against Pittsburgh

The Big East ruled Monday that DeAngelo Hall will have to sit out the first half of the Pittsburgh game this weekend. Hall was ejected from the Miami game for a sideline altercation with the Canes' Antrel Rolle, and it was originally ruled that the ejection was not for fighting. It was later ruled that the ejection was indeed for fighting, so according to rules (NCAA or Big East -- it's not clear at this point which one), Hall has to sit the first half of the next game.

Rolle, because he was on the bench, and not involved in the play, has to sit out all of Miami's game against Tennessee this coming weekend.

Both schools can appeal the suspensions.


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