Tech Bowl Travel Party Lands In Jacksonville
Gator Bites
December 26, 2001

JACKSONVILLE - Members of the Virginia Tech official travel party arrived safely in Jacksonville on Wednesday as the Hokies get ready to begin preparations for their Gator Bowl match-up with Florida State. About 20 players flew down on the school's charter flight, with the rest of the team driving to Jacksonville. Players who drove received compensation for mileage as allowed by the NCAA.

All members of the varsity squad arrived safely by 3 p.m., and Tech head coach Frank Beamer conducted a team meeting a little after 3 p.m. The Hokies did not practice Wednesday. Instead, they will begin full-scale workouts Thursday morning at the University of North Florida. At that time, Tech's injured players - Shawn Witten (leg) and Jim Davis (pectoral muscle) - will each have their status evaluated by the sports medicine staff. And for the record, Lee Suggs will not be playing in the Gator Bowl, contrary to some wild rumors circulating about that as confirmed by Suggs himself Wednesday night.

Members of the travel party were officially welcomed by the Gator Bowl at a welcome party held Wednesday evening at Dave & Buster's, a sports bar with a game room filled with video games. Players and the rest of the travel party ate a meal and then the players spent 90 minutes playing video games. Even Beamer joined the fray, finishing in eighth place - out of eight cars - in the Daytona U.S.A. game. Hopefully, that's not a sign of things to come.