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Some Whit comments to start your day

Very nice dinner at the Blacksburg Sports Club Wednesday night featuring Whit Babcock and Jon Laaser as guest speakers. It was a great job by the Sports Club folks putting on a very nice event.

Whit did not indicate that anything he said was confidential (ala Jim Cavanaugh in the old days) so here’s a couple of highlights from my perspective.

Whit said he was very happy at VT, that he had never looked for another job, and he hoped to retire in Blacksburg.

He felt like we had all 22 sports trending in the right direction and thought our best chance to win a National Title was wrestling (although we have to get by Penn State), softball, men’s swimming, women’s golf, men’s soccer, and lacrosse.

He didn’t see any negative to the Alliance.

During the Q&A, I asked about softball (shocker) and he said an extension for Coach D’Amour was in process and agreed he had done a great job (“these things just take time”).

I brought up charging for admission and his comment was that once we paid the Rhino staff, he wasn’t sure we would make a profit. I brought up what I saw at Arizona State where they apparently sell seats and then put a softball with the patron’s name on specific seats, but Whit’s pushback was that we would have to pay ushers to enforce that. I don’t necessarily agree, but what do I know.

We spoke after the meeting and he told me he appreciated the support and would have the contract done with Coach D’Amour “before the season started.” I don’t exactly know what that means, but I was glad to hear something was in process.

Posted: 08/27/2021 at 09:19AM


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Current Thread:
Some Whit comments to start your day -- VTChip 08/27/2021 09:19AM
  Thanks for sharing, Chip -- Hockeydad 08/28/2021 9:40PM
  Hmmm…. 😳 ** -- Femoyer Hokie 08/28/2021 5:08PM
  But you’re a funny PA - whatever that is -- Hockeydad 08/28/2021 9:43PM
  See update below...... -- RJHokie 08/28/2021 9:54PM
  PA = -- RJHokie 08/28/2021 9:49PM
  Ok..... -- RJHokie 08/28/2021 9:53PM
  👍😁 ** -- RJHokie 08/27/2021 9:18PM
  Thank you Chip ** -- HOKIE MAGIC 08/27/2021 5:55PM
  Regarding the natty comments... -- Diehard Hokie 08/27/2021 4:58PM
  Love the convo -- VT4Natty 09/01/2021 12:25AM
  Don't shoot the messenger! -- VTChip 08/27/2021 4:31PM
  Oh no. I appreciate both your and Whit's comments... -- Broken Hawk 08/27/2021 8:03PM
  Well, Rhino was certainly there last year -- VTChip 08/27/2021 1:33PM
  I disagree -- texashokie1 08/27/2021 3:29PM
  I do agree with your first statement: -- saret 08/27/2021 3:34PM
  We can just disagree -- texashokie1 08/27/2021 4:08PM
  Fair enough. 👍 ** -- saret 08/27/2021 4:22PM
  Chip got "handled" by Whit... no more, no less! :( ** -- NokieHokie 08/27/2021 2:17PM
  I believe. -- 2hhoop3 08/27/2021 11:54AM don’t know until you try it. ** -- RJHokie 08/27/2021 12:51PM
  Yes for sure the other thing it does it gives a -- VTScoop 08/27/2021 4:20PM
  Yep...... -- RJHokie 08/27/2021 4:31PM
  Clemson sold out season softball tickets in 2019 -- VTChip 08/27/2021 6:05PM

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