ESPN College GameDay Coming to Blacksburg

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ESPN’s
College GameDay, featuring Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, will make its fourth-ever stop in Blacksburg
Saturday for the Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech matchup. GameDay hasn’t been to Blacksburg since the canceled season opener
of 2000, featuring the same two teams in the BCA Classic.

GameDay was originally scheduled to be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the LSU-Tennessee matchup, but Hurricane Rita’s
presence in the Gulf of Mexico caused ESPN officials to think better of it, be cautious, and move the location. The
matchup of #4 Virginia Tech and #15 Georgia Tech proved to be attractive enough to sway the ESPN brass to come to
Blacksburg.

GameDay was last in Blacksburg for the ill-fated BCA Classic in August of 2000 between VT and GT. GameDay went just
fine, but the game itself was canceled due to a strong thunderstorm with severe lightning.

GameDay also made two appearances during Virginia Tech’s 1999 run to the national championship game. First the show
was in town for VT’s landmark 62-0 win over Syracuse, then the crew returned for Tech’s 43-10 blowout of Miami later
that year.

GameDay starts at 10:30 a.m. More details, including the location of the set, will be available later.

Ball’s Availability 50/50

In other news, Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball’s availability for Saturday’s game is now pegged at
"50/50" by GT coach Chan Gailey. Gailey spoke about Ball at a press conference Wednesday and said that even if
Ball plays, he likely won’t have the stamina to make it through the whole game.

That’s not the Jackets’ only problem with player availability. Senior defensive end Eric Henderson, a two-time
All-ACC player, didn’t play in last week’s 28-13 victory over Connecticut because of an ailing right ankle. Gailey
listed Henderson as questionable for Saturday against VT. Henderson practiced Wednesday but was limited.

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