Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver has until yesterday consistently been a bucket of cold water for those who like to speculate about the Hokies partnering with the SEC. He’s said that his school has always fought for ACC membership and would have no reason to leave. He’s called reports of rumored VPI interest in the SEC “total poppycock” and “total hogwash.” He’s stated that Tech likes it’s position “right smack in the middle of the footprint” of the ACC. Last August he said staying in the ACC is “the right thing and the best thing for our university” and that he believed Tech would “politely decline” and SEC invite if one were to be extended.
Having previously said all that, it’s no wonder these comments from Weaver on WWBU-FM in Virginia last night went viral on Twitter:
“I really haven’t thought about (whether the SEC would contact Tech) because the discussion (thanks to Maryland’s move) has just come about three or four days ago. I’d like to defer my comment for right now, but there may potentially be some interest.”
Insert the sound of a record scratching… here.
When Twitter done blowed up real good, Weaver clarified his initial statement (which suggested the SEC might “potentially” have some interest in Tech, not the other way around, by the way):
“We’re not in discussions with anyone. We’ve always wanted to be in the Atlantic Coast Conference. We’re there and we’re pleased to be there.
There’s nothing happening in regard to Virginia Tech going anywhere. I don’t know how to say it any clearer than that…
I just can’t believe people are misinterpreting what I said…
I’m ready to get all this expansion done and behind us.”
Brother, you’re not the only one. Others may take it that you’re trying to Nathan Thurm your way out of a slip o’ the tongue, but we at MrSEC.com agree with you on the last part of your comment, Mr. Weaver. No one would be happier to see folks calm down and show some prudence on the expansion front that those of us at this site.
But as we’ve noted over the past two days, the Big Ten’s latest move might have finally kicked off the age of the super-conference. Everyone is acting out of fear these days — conferences and schools are afraid of losing out on potential cash, afraid of being left without expansion partners when the realignment music stops — and fear is a helluva motivator. Panicky people running panicky leagues and schools do dumb things. For that reason, we wouldn’t be surprised at all if everybody just starts partnering up just in case something happens. In other words, we might be looking at a self-fulfilling prophecy at this point.
If/when the college landscape finally goes over the super-conference cliff, Virginia Tech and the SEC will surely play some footsie. Like Texas A&M — and we wrote this about both schools as far back as 2009 — Tech is a perfect cultural fit with the SEC. The school would make more cash in the SEC and the SEC would make more cash by grabbing hold of all those cable households in the state of Virginia.
Weaver and all the rest of us had better just get ready for more Virginia-Tech-to-the-SEC talk because it’s not going to go away anytime soon.