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Hokies Shut Out of 2013 ACC/Big(12)Ten Challenge

The ACC stuck to their guns and are allowing the top 12 teams from the new ACC (based on their final RPI) to play in the Challenge. Since there will be 15 teams in the league, this means 3 teams will not play since the Big-whatever still has 12. VT, clemson, and wake will be excluded from the festivities because of their RPI.

Personally, I think this is bull. The ACC should have banned maryland from playing in it since they are abandoning the league (good riddance). Instead, they get to play ohio state, albeit at osu. And when VT joined the league they didn’t get to play in the challenge their first year despite finishing 8th or 9th in the Big East and winning a BET game. I’ll have to check their RPI but it smells fishy. Plain and simple, this is the league catering to the newbies instead of thanking their loyal members. Once again the ACC execs are about as spot on as the A’s/Indians umpires.

Here’s how they should have done it:
– maryland: excluded.
– Top 2 newbies make it based on RPI.
– Result: just one existing member (not counting md) gets excluded and one newbie gets excluded (which is fair)
– Fire Swofford, hire me

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2 Responses to “Hokies Shut Out of 2013 ACC/Big(12)Ten Challenge”

  1. Juan Cobos says:

    Thing is we sucked last year, and will suck this year. No point in sucking in front of national TV.

    What we must do is building a tough and competitive program, with kids willing to show they could’ve gone to bigger programs. Once we are back a competitive program, top100 recruits will be back.

    We’ll need patience, luck and probably a new Athletics Department Director (current one is a disaster).

  2. Yeah welcome to WHY Maryland decided to leave the ACC in the first place. Everyone else is ALWAYS more important.


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