Virginia Tech To Host 2000 BCA Football Bowl
Opponent to be announced.
February 14, 2000

Princeton, NJ - The Gazelle Group is pleased to announce its plans to produce and promote the BCA Classic, one of college football's preseason games.

National Championship Runner-Up Virginia Tech will host the game on August 26 or 27, 2000 at Lane Stadium at a time to be determined. The Fourth Annual BCA classic will kick-off the 2000 college football season and will be televised on ESPN2. "We are thrilled to host this year's BCA Classic," Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver remarked. "This event has experienced great growth in its few years of existence and we look forward to continuing that trend and supporting the mission of the Black Coaches Association. Being selected to host this prestigious event is a positive reflection of our University and our football program."

Virginia Tech's opponent in the BCA Classic will be announced in the near future.

Virginia Tech will return to the gridiron after a school best 11-1 record in 1999 which culminated in a trip to the National Championship Game in the Sugar Bowl and a number 2 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. Returning quarterback Michael Vick, the 1999 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year will launch the season as the leading candidate for the 2000 Heisman Trophy. The Hokies will appear in the top 10 in both preseason polls. "We want to build on everything we accomplished last season", commented Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer. "This will give our team an early test and an additional game for our fans as we open the college football season."

The Black Coaches Association is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of minorities at all levels of sports, both nationally and internationally. "We couldn't ask for a better place to kick off the college football season. Virginia Tech has a great football program which will provide the Black Coaches Association with the platform to gain recognition and exposure for our mission", said Marianna Freeman, President of the Black Coaches Association and Head Coach of the Syracuse Women's Basketball Team.

Tickets will be $35 each and will be available first to season ticket subscribers and then to the general public.