Is it possible that a driving factor for Weaver's decision was a goal to distance VT's image from association with WVU? The perceived association could be coming from either within the ACC or the entire NCAA. I pose that question because Blacksburg is located in SW VA. Also, I don't believe it is that much of a stretch that people could view SW VA as a "hilbilly region." If people believe that VT is located in a "hillbilly region" and WVU is perceived to be a "hillbilly school" or "hillbilly state," then it isn't that difficult to see how people could view VT and WVU in the same light. If Weaver came to a similar conclusion of how people view VT, then I could see how he would go to the other extreme to ensure that wasn't the case going forward. Heck an alumni could have made a statement to him that could have triggered the connection. For example, an alumni could have made the following statement:
The VT fans at (pick any home opponent) game are starting to behave more like WVU fans with the "Stick It In" Cheer, the vulger things yelled during the game, and the amount of alcohol the people are sneaking into the stadium. VT administration should be ashamed of itself for allowing things to get this bad because the school should be held to a higher standard than at WVU. As a VT alum, I am ashamed when our fans cheering "stick it in" because there is no place for that in college football. I am even more ashamed when the games are televised on TV (especially national TV) because that portrays VT, its students, and its fan base as not maintaining the high standards that is assocated with being a member of a superior conference (the ACC).
I realize it is a bit over the top, but you get the idea. It is also possible that no one made any of those suggestions and he just came to that conclusion on his own.