Tech Finalizes LSU Series
Both games to be shown on ABC or ESPN networks
July 20, 2001

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver announced Friday that Virginia Tech has finalized a contract for a home-and-home football series that will have the Hokies and the LSU Tigers meet in 2002 and 2004.

The contract calls for the Hokies to host LSU at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field on Aug. 31, 2002 and the Hokies will return the trip to Tiger Stadium on Sept. 4, 2004. Both contests will be shown by either ABC or one of the ESPN networks. The Hokies and Tigers have never met on the gridiron.

Virginia Tech was scheduled to play the University of North Carolina on Sept. 4, 2004. Instead, that contest will now be moved to Sept. 18. The change required UNC and the University of Utah to move their previously scheduled date.

"I want to express my thanks to both the University of North Carolina and the University of Utah for their cooperation and willingness to move their contest from its scheduled date," Weaver said. "We certainly appreciate their assistance, as well as that of East Carolina."

As the result of negotiations for the VT/LSU series, a previous contract for home-and-home games with East Carolina University in 2004 and 2005 has been cancelled. However, plans are for the Hokies to face the Pirates in the 2004 Black Coaches' Association preseason football game. The game will mark the final college football preseason contest due to its recent elimination by the NCAA. Now, the Hokies will play 12 games in each of the next three seasons (2002-2004) with seven home games coming each year in that period.

"From the Virginia Tech side of things, the LSU series involved a number of parties and required dealing with a variety of issues," Weaver said. "However, the opportunity to play such a prestigious program was something that we were going to find a way to make it happen. I'm very pleased we can bring this game to our fans and football program."

Virginia Tech opens its 2001 season on Sept. 1, hosting Connecticut.