Hokies Selected Sixth In Media Poll
ACC Media Days wrap up Tuesday
July 26, 2004

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia Tech, entering its first season in its new conference, was tabbed to finish sixth in the inaugural year of the 11-team ACC football race in a survey of the media at the 2004 ACC Football Kickoff in Greensboro Monday.

Florida State garnered the most first-place votes with 49 and a total of 925 points. Miami was second with 36 first-place votes and 913 points. Virginia (2) was third with 697 points and Clemson (1) was fourth with 664 points.

The Cavaliers and Tigers were the only other two schools to receive first-place votes.

Maryland was fifth with 653 points, Virginia Tech was sixth with 511 points, North Carolina State was seventh with 509 points and Georgia Tech was eighth with 365 points.

Wake Forest garnered 273 points, significantly ahead of 10th place North Carolina (184) and 11th place Duke (114).

Sunday was a day for the players as Tech's representatives - Bryan Randall and Vincent Fuller - fielded three hours of questions from the ACC-record 300-plus media members in attendance.

Monday morning was the Marvin "Skeeter" Francis ACC Football Kickoff Golf Tournament. Randall and Fuller teamed up with two other representatives from Tech to shoot a 4-under-par 68 at the Grandover West Course. Randall, a seasoned veteran on the links who uncorked several drives of nearly 300 yards, spent much of the round tutoring Fuller, who was playing his first ever round of golf.

Monday afternoon was set aside for the 11 head coaches to meet the media. On Tuesday, commissioner John Swofford will wrap up the four-day event with a question & answer session.

ACC Preseason Poll

    School (1st-place votes)       Points

1.  Florida State (49)             925

2.  Miami (36)                     913

3.  Virginia (2)                   697

4.  Clemson (1)                    664

5.  Maryland                       653

6.  Virginia Tech                  511

7.  NC State                       509

8.  Georgia Tech                   365

9.  Wake Forest                    273

10. North Carolina                 184

11. Duke                           114