A good time to join the Hokie Club

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If you are on the fence about joining the Hokie Club, now is the time to make the move.  Virginia Tech faces a rising tide of increasing scholarship costs, big coaching salaries, huge buyouts, and possibly even a required stipend for players in the future.  Now more than ever, Tech needs their loyal fans to step up to the plate.

This article probably should have been written months ago, but I’m hoping it has more of an effect now that the Hokies have a new athletic director and everybody is looking forward to the future.  For Virginia Tech to compete in the brave new world of collegiate athletics, it’s up to all of us to help.

I went over to the Hokie Club offices a couple of weeks ago, had lunch with Scott “Scooter” Davis (Associate Director of Development for the Hokie Club), and met folks like David Everett, Terry Bolt and Ben Hill.  Scott and I talked about his playing days with the basketball team, as well as his coaching career under Bill Foster and Bobby Hussey. He later sat down with me and answered any questions I had regarding the Hokie Club, which included questions on endowments, numbers of student-athletes, etc.

Let’s start with a few basic questions and answers before we get to the main points of the article.  From reading our message boards, I realize that some of you don’t know exactly what the Hokie Club is, what that money is used for and how it benefits Virginia Tech athletics.  That’s okay.  It’s never too late to learn.

Question #1: What is the Hokie Club?

Answer: The Hokie Club, or Virginia Tech Athletic Fund, raises money for important things such as athletic scholarships, program needs, and capital improvement.  Scholarship student-athletes go to school for free, but that bill still has to be paid to the university by the athletic department, and the Hokie Club pays it.  They also oversee fundraising for things like the new Indoor Practice Facility.

Question #2: What is the Hokie Club’s total bill for athletic scholarships?

Answer: $11.8 million this year, and that number has dramatically increased over the last few years because of the rapid increase of the cost of education.  It will continue to go up.  Meanwhile, the number of Hokie Club members has decreased in recent years.

Question #3: What is Virginia Tech’s athletic endowment?

Answer: Approximately $50 million.

Question #4: So if they’ve got $50 million already, and scholarships only come out to $11.8 million, then why do they need more?

Answer: I don’t know a lot about financing, but an endowment is basically an investment fund.  The interest earned each year goes towards the scholarship fund.  Generally that interest comes out to between 4% and 5%.  So of Tech’s approximately $50 million fund, only about $2-2.5 million actually goes towards scholarships.  The rest of the scholarship money is paid from annual donations to the Hokie Club. So this year, $9.3-$9.8 million of the money donated to the Hokie Club went directly to paying the scholarship bill. And that happens every year.

Some of you might be snickering that some people might not know what an endowment is.  In that case, you are laughing at me.  I had heard of endowments.  And I always knew that they were very important.  However, I didn’t know exactly how they worked, and I didn’t know that they were basically an investment fund.  My whole meeting with Scott was educational, but that was the #1 thing I learned.

So, why should you join the Hokie Club?  I’ve got two good reasons: to help Virginia Tech be competitive, and to help the student athletes.

Scholarships, Support Staff, and Being Competitive

There’s a lot Virginia Tech needs to do right now.  They need to hire more support personnel for football, for one.

“We have the smallest football staff in the ACC,” John Ballein told David Teel back in January, “and not many people know that.”

Obviously the NCAA only allows nine assistant position coaches, but they don’t have a limit for support staff such as player development, a scouting/recruiting staff, etc.  For example, when Virginia Tech hired Aaron Moorehead from Stanford, he wasn’t officially one of the nine assistant coaches at Stanford.  He was an “offensive assistant,” which meant that he watched film and helped the coaches gameplan, but he wasn’t officially a position coach.   I suppose he was for Stanford what the NFL calls a “Quality Control Coach.”

Virginia Tech has no such coaches.  100% of the burden is on Tech’s regular assistants, including analyzing data of opponents and the Hokies, scouting opponents, scouting potential recruits, etc.  There’s a reason why Scot Loeffler slept in his office sometimes last season.  Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day for what Tech’s coaching staff wants to accomplish.  Not only is Tech behind the other ACC schools in that regard, but they are also behind the SEC as well.

Some of you wonder why it seems like the Hokies are behind other schools for the services of some of their top targets early in the recruiting process.  Well, this could certainly be a reason.  If those other schools have more staff members and more resources for recruiting, then it makes complete sense.  Tech’s coaches are good, but they aren’t super human, except for perhaps Bud Foster when it comes to X’s and O’s.  At some point, numbers start to count.  Tech’s staff can outwork one staff at one school, but they can’t outwork a school that has both a support staff and a regular staff. The Hokies will need more money to hire such support staff in the future if they want to remain competitive.

Virginia Tech is also paying close to $2.5 million over the next three years to three guys who don’t even work for Tech anymore: Seth Greenberg, Jim Weaver and James Johnson, so that wipes out some of the available funding for support staff.

From a facilities standpoint, things are progressing well with the Indoor Practice Facility for football.  After that, the baseball team badly needs a clubhouse.  Right now, all the baseball players dress in the Merryman Center and walk all the way to English Field for practice and games.  That’s not pleasant in February and March.  Also, technically speaking, one of our players could get run over by a car on his walk from his locker to the dugout!  That’s not likely to happen of course, but you get the point: it’s unacceptable for an ACC program.  More on the baseball program later in the article.

Once the baseball clubhouse is built, the softball team will need a clubhouse as well so Virginia Tech can remain Title IX compliant.

So Virginia Tech is going to be spending some money soon.  What’s the big deal?  This:

“We’re at a crossroads right now financially with our scholarships,” Ballein told Teel. “We’re at a point right now where our scholarship funding may have to be taken out of our operating funds, and you’re not going to be successful with that.”

In other words, a portion of Virginia Tech’s athletic scholarship may have to be paid directly from the operating budget of the athletic department in the future.  What does that mean?  That means it’s going to be harder to make room in the budget to hire extra support staff for the football program, which means Virginia Tech would fall behind in the school’s #1 sport.  I think it’s safe to say that’s something that none of us want to see happen.

I asked Scott Davis if he thought Ballein was accurate.

“I guess if the cost of tuition keeps going up, and if we don’t keep pace with that growing cost of tuition, obviously it’s a possibility,” Davis said.

If the Hokie Club can’t get all the scholarships funded, that means Virginia Tech will be less competitive.  One day Frank Beamer will retire from coaching, and he’ll have to be replaced.  Coordinator salaries are shooting through the roof.  To stay relevant, Tech will have to open up the check book.  To climb out of the cellar in basketball, Tech will have to open up the check book.  In other words, this is a bad time for Hokie Club membership to be going down.

If Tech’s scholarship requirements eventually climb above the Hokie Club money reserved for scholarships, then some of that scholarship money is going to have to come out of the operating budget.  That’s not a good thing, obviously.  That money needs to be reserved for hiring coaches, academic advisors, support staff, etc.

In plain English, without increased Hokie Club support from you and me, it’s going to be harder for Virginia Tech to hire the coaches and support staff they need to be competitive going forward.  That’s why it’s important for those Hokie Club numbers to start going back up beginning this year.

Supporting the Student Athletes

Whit Babcock has been preaching the student athlete experience since he first arrived at Virginia Tech.  In the past, the Hokie Club message always seemed to be “increase your donation to get better seats in Lane Stadium.”  Now the message seems to be “increase your donation or join the Hokie Club to support the players and put them in a better position to be competitive.”

I’m a much bigger fan of the second message than the first.  Getting football tickets was never important to me.  Even when Tech was in the top 10, tickets were readily available outside of Lane Stadium for face value or less.  I’ve sat anywhere from the first row on the 45 to the upper section of the South end zone, and I have an equally good time at each game.  To me, it’s not about where I sit.  It’s about who I sit with.  It’s about the game day experience, hanging out with friends at tailgates, etc.

That second message reaches me, though.  As fans, we all expect a lot of our players these days.  We expect them to be competitive in everything.  That’s just where things have been driven, partly by the times we live in, partly by social media, etc.  But, are we giving them the resources to be competitive in everything?  Are we giving the coaches the resources to be competitive on the recruiting trail?

“I also know that in academics, our ratio for student-athletes in Olympic sports (to academic support personnel) is 130-to-1, and that’s 14th in our league,” John Ballein told David Teel.  “That’s not good enough. I know we’re one of three schools in the ACC that doesn’t have a tutor coordinator.”

The Hokies generally fare very well in the APR each year, but as you can see, there is plenty of room for growth.  Virginia Tech recently lost VT grad and former football player Jermaine Holmes to a bigger position at NC State.  He was the Director of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services at Virginia Tech.  At NC State, he is Associate Athletic Director for Academics/Director of Academic Support Program for Student Athletes.

It sounds like sort of the same job, except it’s bigger at NC State.  At NC State, he’ll preside over a department of 15 people.  At Tech, the department has 10 employees (according to the 2013 Media Guide).

More support lessens the academic burden on student athletes.  That improves graduation rates, and gives athletes more time to focus on athletics, which improves performance on the field/court.  Greater academic support and better play on the field/court improves recruiting.  It all goes hand in hand.

From a facilities perspective, once the Indoor Practice facility is built, the football program will have just about all they need.  However, a clubhouse next to English Field is badly needed for the baseball program, and it would be nice if softball had one as well.  Imagine recruiting a baseball player who was trying to decide between Virginia Tech and North Carolina.  Here’s what North Carolina has for a clubhouse, per their school website:

“… a 2,450-square foot clubhouse complete with a sparkling locker room dressing area, equipment room, meeting rooms, a study hall area and a players’ lounge that features two 52-inch flat screen televisions, pool and ping pong tables and an Xbox video game system. There are 35 flat screen TVs throughout the facility.”

Virginia Tech doesn’t even have a baseball clubhouse.  Period.  Much less a clubhouse with 35 flat screens, an Xbox, pool tables, etc.  The UNC baseball team has it almost as good as the Virginia Tech football team.  Think about that for a second.  If a baseball player is choosing between the Hokies and the Tar Heels, where is he going to go?  He’s going to go to UNC every single time because their facilities are better, their support is better, and his chances to win and go pro increase.

Everybody blamed Jim Weaver for Pete Hughes leaving for Oklahoma.  I don’t care if Weaver had matched the salary offer from Oklahoma, I still think Hughes would have been out the door, because the opportunity to recruit and win at Oklahoma is much better.  They have a much better stadium, a clubhouse that is connected to the dugout, a video board, and they even have a practice infield.  Don’t believe me?  Take the tour.

I’m just using baseball as an example, but it’s a good example.  Tech’s baseball players and coaches aren’t given the same resources as players and coaches of much of the competition.  Last year’s NCAA-caliber VT baseball team was an exception rather than the rule.  There’s a reason the Hokies finish near the bottom of the Coastal Division each year, and that’s because the facilities and the support aren’t nearly as good as they are at the competition.  Coaches at other sports at Tech might tell you the same thing, and others wouldn’t.  It varies by sport, I suppose.

There is no reason to expand English Field until people actually start attending games, but the baseball program badly needs a real clubhouse that can compete with clubhouses at other schools, and they also need a video board.  A video board should even be able to pay for itself in time because of the advertising space.  As far as I know, Virginia Tech is the only ACC program without a video board, except for perhaps Pitt and BC.

How do we expect our players – in any sport – to compete if we aren’t giving them the proper tools?

“Ultimately, it’s about the student-athletes that represent Virginia Tech,” Scott Davis said.  “We need to find the necessary resources for our coaches and our programs to go out and get the best student-athlete they can get, both academically and athletically.  That takes support and that why it’s imperative that we don’t lose sight of those student-athletes.  Without them, we don’t have anything to cheer about.”

In my opinion, if we expect our players to win a lot of games, then we need to give them the resources with which to win.  There are currently 505 student athletes at Virginia Tech who are trying hard to win, and they deserve the best resources we can give them.  To me, that’s 505 good reasons to join the Hokie Club.

Joining the Hokie Club

If you aren’t in the Hokie Club, I completely understand.  You’ve been marketed to in a different way over the past years.  It’s really easy to get tickets to football and basketball games, even good tickets, so you didn’t join.  I get that.  Neither did I, until this year.  I never really stopped to put it in the right perspective, I suppose, and that’s this: the real reason you should join the Hokie Club is to help Virginia Tech be competitive, and to help the players win.  It’s as simple as that.

If you want to join, you have a couple of options.  You can make a one-time donation (minimum $100) online here.  That is the simplest and easiest way to join.

Don’t have the spare change to make a one-time donation?  For what I wanted to donate, I didn’t either.  Instead, I went the Hokie Matic route.  The Hokie Matic program draws a specific amount of money from your bank account every month.  Your basic monthly payment for the four lowest levels of the Hokie Club would look like this, using the minimum giving amount at each level:

Hokie ($100): $8.33 per month
Orange and Maroon ($250): $20.83 per month
Bronze ($500): $41.67 per month
Silver ($1000): $83.33 per month

That’s really not all that expensive, especially at the two lowest levels.  Almost everybody could join at the lowest level of giving.  Big gifts are nice, but a large number of small gifts are really helpful as well.  Also, remember that the Hokie Club is a non-profit organization, which means your gifts are tax deductible.

It’s a very important time at Virginia Tech.  Costs are going up.  Not just scholarships, but coaching salaries, buyouts, creating new positions within the athletic department, facilities, etc.  And I didn’t even talk about the possible $2,000 stipend that schools might be forced to pay athletes in the future.  Now isn’t the time to start falling behind from a monetary standpoint.

It’s not my intention to paint the situation in a bad light.  Virginia Tech is still in good shape.  I think Whit Babcock is the man for the job, and I think he’ll do a great job of leading Tech into the future.  However, I do think we all need to be made aware of the coming challenges we’ll face in the next few years across the athletic department as a whole.  To meet those challenges successfully, we’ll need our fan base to step to the plate.  We can’t just stand by and expect Babcock to do it all himself.  We have to give them the support he needs.

Athletic directors, administrators, coaches, coordinators and players all come and go.  Even Frank Beamer will be gone one day.  We’ll still be here, however.  The foundation of every program is the fan base and the support that fan base gives.  The fan base is more important than any coach, player, AD, or athletic facility.  No program can succeed without good fans.  Virginia Tech can’t succeed without you and me.  If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join me and become a member of the Hokie Club.  Virginia Tech’s future success in athletics will taste a lot sweeter if we all take some ownership in it.

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  1. I donate to VT scholarship funds in academics. I wish athletes well and see the value of strong athletic programs. But please don’t tell me we need to provide 35 flat screen TVs to any sport team’s clubhouse. I don’t deny that video games and TV are not part of student life, but that many are not part of being better athletes or a stronger program. That is simply treating athletes like spoiled kids…the kind of treatment that leads to the AAU attitude of expectation. You had many great arguments in this column, but that UNC boast struck a nerve with me.

    The Curmudgeon

  2. Great article! We might not be in such a bad position if the Hokie Club had done as good a job as you of communicating the situation. I have a strong hunch our new AD will not allow all of this to continue.

  3. YES Chris, great job! It’s not a chicken or egg conversation. Those that say they won’t give until we are “more competitive” are actually preventing us from being more competitive.
    Informative…I’m going from Hokie level to Bronze as soon as I get the entry forms done

  4. I started out at a very low level years ago and have now been a platinum member of the Hokie Club for many years. I recall years ago feeling that the Hokie Club had gotten away from trying to encourage recent graduates and young alumni from joining when they raised the initial entry fee. It was as though they were only concerned with the big bucks givers. I told them this was a mistake. I contribute to help out the teams and the athletes. I am not motivated by the idea of helping with the fees to buy out coaches. This is like making us pay for management’s mistakes. We also never hear from any Hokie Reps in Northern Va. All communication seems to come from Blacksburg. I was very surprised by the comments of the person above who did not find the Blacksburg Hokie Club welcoming. I believe the Richmond Hokie Club is very active with several events for members.

    I think there should be an article on how to improve the Hokie Club.

  5. Good and interesting article. You should re-post it often enough until everyone gets to read it. Sometimes I get busy and do not log in for several days, so had I not hit it just right I never would have seen it.

  6. Great article, and here’s a little math.
    VT pumps out ~ 5000 undergraduates/year * $100 /year donation= $500,000
    Multiply by the graduating classes for the past 20 years, going back to when I graduated, and, that comes out to $10 million.
    Hopefully those of us whose financial resources have improved since graduation can afford to be a little more generous, but this is a feasible number to reach.
    One final thought. The academic portion of VT needs your support , as much if not more than the Hokie CLub.
    My guideline for giving to VT is that whatever I give to athletics, I give an equal or greater amount to academics.
    Thanks for getting the word out and I will spread this to all the Hokies I know.

  7. Very nice job Chris. I have been a HC member since 1985 and a Hokie Rep. Enjoyed every minute of it, including the tough years because of the great people in the Hokie Club. The Hokie Nation has much to be proud of. We need everyone on board this train including the recent graduates. You can begin at $100 a year and go up from there.

  8. That may be one of the timeliest and best pieces you’ve ever written. I am with you 150% and the REASONS you highlight to join the Hokie Club are sound. I’ve been a member for many years, and have had tickets for just about as long..

    To your excellent point, I did NOT join to get tickets. In fact, when my buddy many years ago talked to me about joining and getting tickets, I balked because I didn’t think I’d get up for many games (I couldn’t have BEEN more wrong). He told me then, and I never forgot it, “Just join so you can support VT football and athletics in general. It isn’t cheap, and we’ll never be any good if we don’t give money like the Clemson fans (his words back in 1980 or so )”.

    The same thing is probably TWICE as true today, and you have done a fine job in explaining it. I hope everyone HEARD what you said…Thanks!

  9. Great article. When my TSL sub runs out this summer, I’ll use that money to be half way towards my ‘Hokie’ level donation!

  10. Golden Hokie here. I started at a low level of giving in 1998 and have gradually increased it over the years.

  11. Ironically I just joined the Hokie Club on Monday so we are thinking on the same page Chris!

  12. I am nearly certain that the athletic endowment at North Carolina is over $200 million!
    By the way, a great article! I was not going to join because of the huge buyouts. I do not like the fact that JW gets almost a million dollars over the next 2 years. He might be a really great guy, but he is likely worth many millions by now. He doesn’t need the money! But I guess I just have to put that aside and support athletics. By the way, I may just send a link to your article to some people in University Development (academics). That is where all my support has gone to. I think they need to wake up the alumni there as well. Just imagine what could be done in both academics and athletics if support were to double in each. Like you say, the emphasis really should be on the individual doing what they can to help out. Again, great article!

  13. great article Chris, yes you should have done it much sooner. I hope that you and others will continue to promote and support the Hokie Club. Look forward to your next article on the Hokie Club in 6 months or less. Raising the bar, memberships and contributions is not just something nice, it is essential.

    Very informative, all Hokies get the word out and do your part. In case you were not aware of it, you can designate where your money goes. If you are big into baseball, you can designate your contribution to say a team clubhouse.

  14. This is critical, folks. No State taxpayer money goes towards our athletic programs.

    My wife and I started in the late 80’s giving around $25/year. We are now up to $2k/year.

    DON’T FORGET THE CORPORATE MATCHING GIFT! Most mid-to-large size companies offer this program which will match 80% of what you donate. Just ask your HR Dept. for the form.

  15. Thanks for the article Chris right on target. Our Family has been in the Hokie Club at some level or another since the early 70’s, a great organization which really helps our student athletes

  16. Great article… and I am a fundraiser for a hospital. You made a clear and convincing case for me to join – from all the way up here in Philly. The monthly payment always seems to make things easier.

    Thanks Chris

  17. Great article Chris. The frustrating thing with the Hokie Club is that they should have written this article.

  18. CC

    Inspiring article. Great job!! And yes, the fan base is the foundation of any successful athletic program.


  19. Another outstanding article from you Chris. It would not surprise me at all if Hokie Club contributions do not increase significantly solely because you took the time to write such a timely piece.

    As you know we Hokie Reps are ready, willing, and able to assist anyone who needs help in joining the Hokie Club.

    Thanks much.

  20. I’m thinking how about twice a year public radio stations do a fund raising thing for a few days or a week. Goals are set, challenge (“matching”) donations are encouraged, etc. Seems to me the Hokie Club or VTAF could use this idea to have fundraisers during the year. The point is that without donations the NPR radio listener will have nothing to listen to, and the VT fan will have no VT sports to watch.

    Before I retired I used to give to the Hokie Club. I built up my giving to $5,000 the last year or two before my wife divorced me and took me to the cleaners. I would like to give again, and I pledge right now that I will start giving $25 per month in faith that TSL message boarders will do the same. If a bunch of us started giving it will make a difference. I am especially appalled that our support staff is so weak. I never knew that.

    I also encourage you to match your Hokie Club donations with donations to the academic side of the University. We love our athletic teams to win, but the University needs funding, too, in an environment of budget cuts in the Virginia General Assembly.

    I have been wanting to support Wounded Warrior project, but keep putting it off. I am going to start giving to them and the Hokie Club. It ain’t much, but if we all did it it would make a difference.

    1. If it’s what you can manage is IS a LOT!!! Thanks O&M 69. If everyone gave as they could, like you plan to do, we’d be FLUSH!

      Thank you very much!

  21. Great article. Those that demand VT spend the $$ for coaches, facilities, etc, better be putting their $$ where their mouth is. BTW, Hokie Club donations are only 80% deductible as one is eligible for benefits by contributing (ie, football, bball tickets, parking)

    1. I’m pretty sure the 80% rule only applies if you actually take advantage of the donation to get a benefit. In other words, just being eligible is not enough.

  22. Will,
    Great article. Yes, it’s overdue, but extremely timely. The HC has a lot work to do. I knew most of the stuff, except the dollar figures on the trust fund.
    I complained about the MBB re-seating (I wrote several screeds, complaining), and found out some valuable info from one of the posters, who helped me solve my situation (a poster who is a major contributor, but who is not alumnus). I met with Terry Bolt, who has been extremely helpful. I’ll have better seats next year.
    Then, the more I thought about it, I came to the realization that I was part of the problem. That caused me to up my giving, and I’ve even volunteered to the HC for what I could do—and they let me.
    I retired to Blacksburg in 2003, tried to join the local HC, but couldn’t find them. They’re not a very welcoming group. But I came to the realization you’ve mentioned in your article. Quit complaining and try to help.
    My wife and I know a lot of the former players in the NFL, and she’s encouraging them to join the HC. The reason most of them have not contributed is they were never asked—nor did they know what the HC is.
    After volunteering, I also met for almost two hours with Terry Bolt, and suggested things the HC could do to brand themselves, and change the quid pro quo from “more money means better seats, ” to something else. My wife compares the HC club to a church—older members of the church pass on, and if you don’t bring in the young members, the congregation will wither and die.
    Terry could not have been more welcoming (she could have just been humoring an old alumnus, but I don’t think so). The HC is the tool to re-invigorate the fan base, and the students. We all are responsible, and we all need to be more proactive to re-engage the fanbase, and especially the students and the younger alumni. You’re article helps, and I urge you to continue. I know I certainly will. This is not a one time thing, but a continuous effort.
    If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. I’ve decided to quit complaining (or at least cut back), and start helping.

    1. So let me get this straight… A local FUNDRAISING organization is not a “very welcoming group” in your own words!? How is that that acceptable?

      1. NokieHokie
        I tried to locate members, and participate and help. I was retired, so what the heck. The local club here in B’burg apparently doesn’t have meetings, except once a year for the Reps only. I tried to participate, but it apparently is a stealth organization. I didn’t say it was acceptable, just the way it is. After going from Silver to Gold to Platinum and up, and giving since ’99, I never heard from a Rep (this also includes the Tidewater Club where I used to live) until I complained to Terry. My Rep is a good friend of mine whom I’ve known for years. I’ve given up on the local club, and deal with Terry Bolt (and now my friend). I was disappointed in the local clubs whose territory I lived in, but I finally decided to not hold the student/athletes responsible for the lack of friendliness by supposed adults.

        1. I’m sorry if that came across as a judgment on you. I merely meant that that is astonishing to me. I wonder what kind of oversight there is on the Hokie Club, sounds like none at all to let that happen for so long…

          And good on you for seeking other avenues! But wow, just wow…

    2. Hey man..you can do BOTH!! If you are helping, you absolutely have earned the right to complain. Nothing wrong with complaining, as long as you are helping make a difference too!! Good for you!

  23. Good article CC. Join an be a part of helping VT grow. We all need to be a part in order for us to grow.

  24. Thank you, Chris. This really was the “Miami Walk” piece I was hoping to see. We can’t complain if we don’t have skin in the game.

  25. Chris why didn’t you address some of the concerns that people on the boards have with the Hokie Club?

    1. This article wasn’t about how to improve the Hokie Club. It was about why we should join it. Those Hokie Club guys read TSL. They know what people are saying. Change will happen, but in a big organization like that it’s hard to change it overnight.

      1. Can you do an article on what needs to change? I am a member and I agree with alot of what the other guys that complained. Don’t feel very welcomed at any HC club events.

  26. Thank you Chris for a very impelling article. I think a contrast of endowments at other schools has been presented in the past. Now would be a good time to refresh that list.

    I guarantee you that some people that read these boards do not know that schools such as Duke and UVa have much bigger endowments than Tech has. Duke is a good example of how small private schools can match and surpass large puplic schools on the field or court.

  27. Great article…

    34 year member of the Hokie Club…

    Did the HokieMatic three years out of school $10.00 a month…..

    As my circumstances improved so did my donation and after reading this I will up it again…TODAY …..Never saw it as anything but a way to give back and to improve our competitive advantage…

      1. If only than dang TSL subscription wasn’t so expensive, I could swing both 🙂

        Great writeup CC.

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