2004 Black Coaches Association Football Classic Set
USC and Virginia Tech will kick off the 2004 season in Washington D.C.
December 23, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS - The Black Coaches Association announced Tuesday that the University of Southern California will play Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., in the 2004 Black Coaches Association Football Classic. The BCA Classic is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, with a 7:45 p.m. (EDT) kickoff. ESPN will televise the game nationally.

"The BCA is honored to have USC and Virginia Tech play in this outstanding event. I know it will be an exciting game featuring two of the best teams and programs in the country," said BCA Executive Director Floyd Keith.

The top-ranked Trojans (11-1), attempting to capture a share of the national championship in the Rose Bowl versus the Michigan Wolverines, will be the third consecutive Pac-10 team to participate in the BCA game, following the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2002 and the California Golden Bears this year.

Virginia Tech (8-4), currently of the BIG EAST Conference, will take on Cal in the Insight Bowl, and will then move on to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. Virginia Tech was scheduled to play in the 2000 BCA Classic versus Georgia Tech, but that game had to be canceled due to lightning.

"It is an honor for Virginia Tech to be a part of such a prestigious game against one of the nation's top football programs," said Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. "For us to be considered and chosen for this game makes a statement about our program, too. Playing Southern Cal will be a big challenge for our football team, but one we look forward to. I know our fans will be there supporting us like they always do."

This will mark USC's first appearance in the game. Trojan head coach Pete Carroll commented, "This is a great way for USC to open up the 2004 season. I've always said we'll play anybody anywhere. This is an outstanding intersectional match-up against one of the premier football programs in the country. Virginia Tech is a well-coached team that has enjoyed lots of success. It'll be a big challenge for us, but a great opportunity. We're looking forward to the game."

This will be the second year in a row that the BCA Classic has been played at an NFL facility, following this year's game at Arrowhead Stadium.

"There's no finer football venue than FedEx Field, and it will be a great showcase for the game," said Daniel M. Snyder, owner of the stadium and the Washington Redskins.

Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (Winchester, Va.) manages the BCA Football Classic.

"Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment is thrilled that USC and Virginia Tech are playing in the BCA Football Classic. We couldn't think of a better way to kickoff the 2004 college football season. These are two premier schools with national title hopes meeting in the very first game of the year. USC will have two preseason Heisman Trophy front-runners in quarterback Matt Leinart and receiver Mike Williams. It's even more exciting that the game will be played in our nation's capital and at a fantastic NFL Stadium like Fed-Ex Field. I know Virginia Tech has a very large fan base in the D.C./Northern Virginia area and they will be very excited at the prospect of watching the Hokies in their own backyard," said David Gardiner, President of Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

The USC-Virginia Tech match-up is the eighth annual BCA Football Classic. Past BCA Classic participants include Ohio State, Michigan State, Texas, North Carolina State, BYU, Nebraska, and Kansas State. In this year's game, Kansas State defeated California, 42-28, in Kansas City, Mo.

The remainder of Virginia Tech's 2004 football schedule will be released at a later date.