Relegation and a rainy day…what would you do?

As we wait to see what happens with softball today, as well as the baseball regional assignments that come out tomorrow, I got to thinking about this scenario:

Let’s say you had the ability to take one team out of the ACC for football and basketball, teams that perennially just don’t do anything, and sub in any other team within reason from a less-than-popular conference. It’s kind of like the relegation formula used in soccer everywhere but the MLS.

So, for example, in football out goes Duke. In comes…East Carolina from the CUSA. Though it could be argued that East Carolina hasn’t done much to deserve “promotion” either. Appalachian State would be another interesting choice, for example.

In men’s basketball, the decision is tougher. But as it stands, even though it has been in the ACC a long time, and used to be a good team that contended each year, out goes Virginia. Why the Wahoos? Yes they have a new arena, yes they were recently in the NCAAs, but those seem to be more blips on the radar than long-term sustainable progress.

In comes Virginia Commonwealth from the CAA. Or how about Davidson, or are they destined to fall now that Stephen Curry is gone?

Back to football. I hope to sit down with a few football players later this week for some Q&As that will appear in the blog. Will update you more on that as they get scheduled.

Two links to pass the time:

Virginia Tech has the nation’s toughtest non-conference schedule, so says Newport News columnist (and former esteemed colleague) David Teel:

Coaches are trying to stop early commitments:

20 comments Add your comment


May 24th, 2009
1:54 pm

talk about blips on a radar ….

dont you think that our yellow jackets have been nothing more than blips for 8 out of the last 9 years.

in that span i do believe that uva has a winning record against phew to boot… not to mention the new arena.

and its not going to get any better until phew is canned. i dont care how well he recruits. he has already shown that he is clueless.

talk to any nba coach who has surveyed the talent we have had on our roster and they shake their head. poorly coached and not utilized in the right system is what most nba types say about gt basketball sa’s and its program.

we keep hearing from these idiots who insist that phew is a GREAT coach. i guess he is so great that nary an nba team nor a college team has tried to lure him away from gt in 5-6 years.

our players dont make the nba rosters because of phew…. they make nba rosters INSPITE of phew.

is it any wonder that a gt player immediately goes pro the first chance he gets? why stay at gt for another year of seasoning when phew has nothing to offer these players in the way of coaching them UP. it doesnt take them long at all to figure out that he doesnt know wtf he is doing.

better off sitting on a bench in the nba or europe and get exposed to REAL coaching rather than having to put up with the sham that is phew.

phew needs to go.


May 24th, 2009
3:48 pm

Glad that gtfan got to vent his spleen on an unrelated subject. The concept of booting the underachievers down is usually done in professional sports. One of the things I like about college sports is seeing a Northwestern rise up in the Big 11 once in a while, or seeing a highly rated team get upset. Wouldn’t want to lose that by rotating in an outsider (which would probably have little rivalry going on with the other teams anyway). Paybacks are fun to watch.

Biff Pocoroba

May 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

It looks like Tech is hosting a regional in baseball again. Once again, Danny Hall will find a way to choke it away. Our hitting will disappear as usual and our inability to develop a #2 starter will cost us. If Georgia gets put in our regional tomorrow, we might as well forfeit since seeing their name causes Danny Hall to lay down and fall apart.

All Dawgs Are ButtLickers

May 24th, 2009
4:16 pm

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Doug Roberson

May 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

Biff is right: Tech made the field as an at-large, which wasn’t a surprise, but will host a regional, which is somewhat of a surprise considering the 1-4 finish.
The entire field will be set at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. In case you were wondering, Georgia, one time No. 1, will not host. It must wait until tomorrow to find out. So, yall can have fun with that.

Coolbreeze: You are right about how much fun it is to see one of the have-nots, so to speak, rise up and win. Just thought it’d be a fun discussion.


May 24th, 2009
4:47 pm

Out should go Tech basketball…maybe Hewitt would then resign.


May 24th, 2009
7:17 pm

Class versus Crass

This just in: Georgia Tech will host yet another NCAA Baseball Regional and the University of Georgia will NOT.

Other regional sites: Arizona State, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rice, Texas, and TCU.

Another 45-42 in my opinion.


May 24th, 2009
7:23 pm

Tech getting to host a regional must have been based on proximity to malls and restaurants. It sure doesn’t have anything to do with baseball wins, especially in the regionals and super regionals……………………….


May 24th, 2009
7:45 pm

as much as i dont want to admit it, i must say i agree with biff, it seems like danny hall lets us down every year in the bottom of the ninth.


May 24th, 2009
9:09 pm

In general, I’ve long wished to see Clemson & Vanderbilt switch conferences. I’ve always thought Vandy was a better fit with the ACC’s general makeup and Clemson would be a better fit in the SEC.

Meanwhile, another pretty good regular season & another end of the season swoon for baseball. That’s become as predictable as getting no coaching to speak of in men’s basketball.


May 25th, 2009
7:53 am

Tech baseball had a top 5 schedule and won most of them. They draw good crowds and the ball park is the best in the south, if not the country. That’s why they are hosting.


May 25th, 2009
7:58 am

Doug, also Georgia was number 1 based on a poor schedule at the beginning. They did not play anyone of signifigance till late April. Pollers put them number 1 just like they did in football…on false perception and name only. They are a good team and should make the tourney, but they probably don’t have the horses to go far.

Carolina Jacket

May 25th, 2009
8:56 am

Why did Willie White quit the team? He came in with great expectations.

Saint Simons

May 25th, 2009
9:01 am

UGA needs to start a culinary school, they love those cupcakes!!!


May 25th, 2009
9:37 am

Danny Hall does not have the fire in the belly to get Tech baseball to the next level. Much like Chan Gailey in football, Danny does just well enough to keep a small majority of the Tech faithful from running him off. Tech baseball will never be better than just above average with Danny Hall at the helm. His track record proves it. Tech needs to find a new man with a passion for winning much like they did when they changed out Gailey for Paul Johnson. There are many fine young coaches that would love the opportunity Tech represents. It’s time to take it up a notch and dump Danny.

Go Jackets!

Biff Pocoroba

May 25th, 2009
10:02 am

The coach at Duke has done a good job of turning that program around in just three years. They have a good pitching coach that has spent a few years coaching in the minor leagues and he has lowered the team ERA significantly the past couple of years while Tech’s has gone up well over 4.00 the past two years after they got a new coach. We lose three of our best hitters this year and our pitching isn’t improving so this might be a good year to make a switch and bring in someone who can get the team to Omaha sometimes. Slow footed teams that can’t produce runs in the post season don’t make it. And emotionless coaches that just stand there with their arms crossed all day can’t get their teams fired up to make it either. DRad has replaced the volleyball and swim coach this year so maybe he should complete the sweep if we have another choke job in the post season.


May 25th, 2009
10:29 am

I think GT should swap with USC in football. I love to beat those rednecks week in and week out.

We would add some much needed class to that conference too, and Paul Phewitt would have a winning record from time to time.

Paul Hewitt

May 25th, 2009
11:33 am

I’m here forever guys. Get used to it. When we get back to the NIT this year, you guys need to get off of my back.

Hal Vernon

May 25th, 2009
1:21 pm

DoginLexLoser, are you familiar with the RPI category?


May 25th, 2009
5:18 pm

Tech to host GA St, S. Miss & Elon…wow, that is a hell of a draw. Hopefully the Jackets can handle themselves amongst that wealth of competition.