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I read a gem of an article by Will Stewart yesterday.......

. about 1986 and NCAA sanctions on our football and basketball teams. GREAT READ! Seemed fitting to post it here given UNC's NCAA report being released today and the fact that our NCAA penalties happened in October 27, 1987 - almost 30 years ago.

I never knew the entire story. I'd heard rumors that the Bruce Smith thing happened over his uncle getting a load of hay or something, but I never knew what caused the problems Frank walked into. Wow. It's amazing he survived as coach with what he was up against much less him turning the program into a national power. And it's amazing that a program that messed up and no real tradition got a Big East invitation. We were obviously filler material there. And it's truly amazing that a program in that kind of a bind eventually played for a National Championship in football and got an invite to the ACC and won multiple championships!

One of the most amazing things I remember was after UNC beat us at Lane for the first time in ACC play, two young UNC fans were talking beside me and the one guy looked at the other excitedly and said "WE BEAT VIRGINIA TECH AT LANE STADIUM!" and I had to think how I felt when we actually beat UNC in Chapel Hill in Basketball!

Oh how far we have come my friends.

If you have a little time give it a read.
[Post edited by CyberHokie at 10/13/2017 07:49AM]

Link: The Year of our Discontent

Posted: 10/13/2017 at 07:48AM


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Current Thread:
  It was A LOT more than Bruce Smith -- Agoodhokie 10/13/2017 10:14AM
  Indeed a great read. Where can I find part 2? ** -- ngahokie 10/13/2017 10:10AM
  Always heard it was firewood ** -- TomTurkey 10/13/2017 08:32AM
  It was ** -- HOKIERIT 10/13/2017 09:20AM
  From this article it was firewood... -- CyberHokie 10/13/2017 08:43AM
  Isn't that always the case? -- TomTurkey 10/13/2017 09:49AM
  It was IIRC ** -- 48zip 10/13/2017 08:33AM
  Those wood stoves will really get after ya ** -- TomTurkey 10/13/2017 08:34AM

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