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The following passage is from Carroll Dale in the foreword of Legends: A Pictorial History of Virginia Tech football, a good book published in 1986 and written by Roland Lazenby:
“Since I arrived at Virginia Tech as a freshman 30 years ago, the growth in the football program has been phenomenal. The team has moved from Miles Stadium to modern, impressive Lane Stadium. Sparked by great team and individual efforts, the school has added 176 wins and four bowl appearances to its record.
Such progress takes many dedicated people—coaches, fans, supporters, and players. It’s been a team effort. What’s even more remarkable, all this progress has taken place within what some people see as an atmosphere of negatives. Every Tech fan has heard those negatives. Especially the complaints that Blacksburg is a small, rural town with a limited airport and travel facilities. The reason I mention this is that Tech’s rural character is sometimes given as an excuse for an unfulfilling football season.
Yet to me and many of the other athletes who have attended Virginia Tech, that small town atmosphere is anything but a negative. It’s a positive. In fact, many of us might not have come to Tech if we hadn’t visited Blacksburg and found a beautiful school in a beautiful setting.
It seems that in years of success, I hear less about those negatives. That stands to reason. Winning is catching. It makes everything easier. Recruiting. Fund Raising. Planning. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s too much emphasis on winning. In competitive college football, not every season is going to be a peak season.
But every season can be a sound one. What you really need to have a sound program is dedicated people who in times of losing won’t let their emotions tear down what we’ve all worked so hard to build.
If anything has hurt Tech football over the years, it has been that impatience among supporters. Sometimes they’ve failed to recognize that it takes years of development to build a football program. That’s especially true in this modern age of big-business athletics.
The fickleness of fans has always irritated me, as a player and a supporter. That’s why I’d like to see a little more stability and larger numbers in the support group for Virginia Tech football. The success of the program depends on it.
As you read the following pages, I hope you acquire an understanding of the background and tradition of the program. I also hope your thoughts turn to the future of Tech football. We should dream the big dream for our school and set high goals. Then, maybe one day we’ll achieve them.”
Carroll Dale had a lot of advice in this foreword that still rings true today. One in particular is applicable to the Beamer Bowl Era. Dale said not every season could be a peak season, but every season could be a sound one. Since 1993, Virginia Tech has put a sound team on the field every year. They have peaked in 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2004, as well as 2000 and 2005. Their worst seasons have featured only seven or eight wins. So if the Hokies don’t win their division in the ACC or go to a major bowl game, don’t worry. There are peaks and valleys in every program.
As a fairly regular follower of recruiting, I’ve noticed that many people bring up the subject of Blacksburg being a rural town and being located nowhere near a big city. According to Carroll Dale, those statements have been made in previous eras of Tech football as well. Some things never change. It’s interesting to see it being addressed by a former player, even if the recruiting process of today is much different than it was in the 1950s.
One final thought…Dale’s thoughts were penned in 1986, when Lane Stadium seated about 50,000 fans, had no enclosed end zones and featured a small press box. Dale described that version of Lane Stadium as “modern” and “impressive”. Virginia Tech football has come quite a long way in 20 years.
Virginia Tech has drawn a lot of criticism for their lack of a good overall sports program. For years the Hokies have lagged low in the Directors’ Cup standings. The Directors’ Cup is given annually to the school with the best overall athletics program. Since the 1993-94 season, Virginia Tech has finished in the top 60 just once.
It’s no coincidence that the Hokies achieved their highest point total and final ranking in 2004-05, their first year in the ACC. From 1999-2001, Tech reached the rank of 63, largely due to two top 10 finishes in football.
The Hokies’ second year in the ACC has been very impressive. Tech has already set a school record for Directors’ Cup points with 403.5, with spring sports still to come. Virginia Tech is currently ranked 22nd in the Directors’ Cup standings. That places them fifth among ACC teams. UNC, Duke, Florida State and Maryland are all ranked higher than the Hokies. Boston College, UVA and NC State are other ACC schools that rank in the top 50.
Each of Virginia Tech’s teams is getting more and more ACC caliber players each year. The Hokies have always struggled in recruiting in the Olympic sports in the past because they were in the middle of ACC country and the top recruits wanted to play in the ACC. ACC programs were also funded better than Virginia Tech in the past. Now those recruits can play in the ACC at Virginia Tech.
Many of Virginia Tech’s top
athletes probably would not be at Tech were it not for ACC membership. The
latest men’s basketball recruiting class is a good example. The Hokies pulled
in four recruits who are all ranked in the national top 100 by various services.
That wouldn’t be possible at Virginia Tech without ACC membership. As time
passes, VT’s overall sports program should continue to get better.
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