Transcript of Marque Cooke Press Conference (from 10/8/03)

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Below is a transcript of Marquie Cooke’s press conference earlier today. There, the 6-3, 200 pound point guard announced his verbal commitment to Virginia Tech over Clemson, VCU, and UNC Charlotte. One of the top point guards in the country, Cooke will sign a letter of intent during the November 2003 signing period.

The conference began with Nansemond River Head Coach Franklin Chatman making the announcement that Marquie Cooke would be making a “verbal commitment to the school of his choice.”

Marquie took over from there…

Marquie Cooke: “It came down to four schools: VCU, UNC Charlotte, Clemson, and Virginia Tech.”

Marquie places two caps, one for Clemson and one for Virginia Tech on the table. He picks up the Clemson hat, pretends to put in on and then discards it to the side. Then, he picks up the Virginia Tech hat and puts it on. He’s committed to Virginia Tech, and the crowd applaudes.

Marquie Cooke: “I have some statements as to why I chose this school. First of all, I wanted to play in the ACC and represent my home state. Secondly, I wanted to make a difference as Virginia Tech moves to the ACC. I felt at home when I took my official visit, and I’m close with a number of football players from the Tidewater area. I had a great time with the current players [for Virginia Tech] on my visit.

“I say…it’s a great day to be a Hokie!”


Was Virginia Tech in the picture when they were in the Big East, when Coach Greenberg wasn’t there?

Marquie Cooke: “No sir.”

So was Coach Greenberg and the draw of the ACC what led you to Virginia Tech?

Marquie Cooke: “Yes it did, and the incident that happened during the summer.”

For some of those teams that backed off of you, are you pretty interested in proving that they were wrong?

Marquie Cooke: (Laughs) “I want to play them so bad.”

Why did you decide to cancel your visit to Clemson?

Marquie Cooke: “First of all, I wanted to stay home for my grandmother. And, it [Virginia Tech] was a great campus,