All Hokie, All the Time. Period.

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Will Stewart 

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The answer to your question is All the Above.

1.) Virginia Tech fans don't care about basketball until football season is over. That's a little bit of an exaggeration, but not much. And when basketball season is over, they quit caring again until the new year.

So there's a 3-month window where VT fans pay attention to basketball, and that's it. Football is year-round, but with the reduced access to the football program under Fuente (Frank ran a VERY open program; what Fuente does is more the norm), the offseason attention to football is starting to tail off, as well. No access = no interest.

2.) The TSL Football board page views outrank the Basketball board page views 5.5 to 2.2.

3.) The overall message board ratio/rankings in terms of page views are:
Football: 5.8
Subscribers: 4.3
Recruiting: 2.25
Basketball: 2.20
Lounge: 2.06

4.) In the last year, the message boards, account pages, etc. fill up the top 30 accessed pages on the site. Then the articles start ... and it's all football-related, until you get to page #93, my column about VT receiving an NCAA invitation, titled "A Mobius Strip of a Day." (8,400 reads)

The next basketball article I see is #99 overall, "Virginia Tech blows out #5 Duke," which was read just over 8,000 times.

#109 and #110 are the game recaps for VT's 2-OT win over Virginia, and Ty Outlaw's record-setting 8 three-pointers against Miami.

#114 is TTL after VT made the NCAA Tournament.

Then the next basketball article is #141.

So it's a lot of football-related stuff, but some of that is self-fulfilling, because if all you run is football stuff, than that's all that's going to rank.

5.) I have done several "Looking Back With" in-depth interviews. The football-related ones, like Sean Glennon, will get about 5,000 reads. The one I did with Bimbo Coles registered just 2,500 reads. (This, plus the message board traffic, is probably a truer indicator of the level of basketball interest vs. football interest among VT fans.)

That'll give you some idea of the lay of the land.

(In response to this post by GretnaHokie)

Posted: 09/12/2017 at 10:41AM


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Current Thread:
When is TSL going to post the Hokie basketball schedule? -- Will Stewart  09/10/2017 4:08PM
  I'm thinking the same. ** -- Durham Hokie 09/11/2017 12:51PM
  Question for you, Will -- GretnaHokie 09/11/2017 06:48AM
  Will answer later. Gotta work on Monday Thoughts now. ** -- Will Stewart  09/11/2017 09:04AM
  Well?........................We're waiting. ** -- GretnaHokie 09/12/2017 10:08AM
  The answer to your question is All the Above. -- Will Stewart  09/12/2017 10:41AM
  Wow thanks for the detailed response -- GretnaHokie 09/12/2017 11:54AM
  Re: Wow thanks for the detailed response -- Will Stewart  09/12/2017 1:01PM
  I guess we should just go ahead and win the ACC then. -- GretnaHokie 09/13/2017 09:55AM
  +1 Thanks Will for this info -- mateo 09/12/2017 3:50PM

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