Hokies' bowl picture still muddled
November 13, 2001

Tech AD Jim Weaver answered questions regarding Tech's bowl situation Tuesday during head coach Frank Beamer's weekly press conference, but he admitted there were still too many games left to be played to give definitive answers on Tech's bowl destination.

Florida State's loss to N.C. State all but puts the Seminoles in the Gator Bowl. Maryland, whose only loss is to Florida State, needs only to beat N.C. State this Saturday to win the ACC and gain the automatic berth into the BCS. And even if Maryland loses, it's unlikely that Florida State will beat Florida and Georgia Tech and be ranked less than five spots below Maryland.

With the Seminoles, Gator Bowl officials now no longer need to worry about ticket sales - Tech's biggest selling point. Gator Bowl officials figure to go after Syracuse with their pick of BIG EAST teams, assuming the likelihood that Syracuse loses to Miami and beats BC.

But Weaver isn't ruling out the Gator for the Hokies.

"I think the thing we have in our favor is our fan base has been so supportive in terms of traveling to bowl games," he said. "That might weigh in our favor over some of our sister institutions in the BIG EAST."

Tech's other options would be the Insight.com Bowl in Phoenix and the Music City Bowl in Nashville. It goes without saying the Hokies would take more fans to Nashville than Phoenix.

"I don't think we'd take the same amount of fans to the Insight.com Bowl that we took to the Gator last year," Weaver said. "Simply because of the proximity of the bowl and the costs associated with traveling that far."

Regardless, the Hokies figure to be in good shape financially even if they go to the Insight or the Music City, both which pay less than $1 million to each team. According to the BIG EAST's bowl revenue sharing plan, the team that goes to the BCS gets $4 million, with the second-place finisher in the BIG EAST getting $1.85 million. The third-place team gets $1.6 million, with the fourth-place team getting $1.35 million and the fifth-place team getting $1.1 million.

If two teams finish tied in the league standings, then the money for the spots where the teams finished is added together and divided by two. For example, if Tech and BC finished tied for third, then the third- and fourth-place money ($1.6 + $1.35) is added together and divided by two. Thus, each school would get $1.475 million.