Spring Football Becomes a Traveling Circus

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If you’ve paid any attention to spring practice at other schools, you know that Mike London and Larry Fedora have taken their show on the road this spring to try and get a leg up on recruiting.  It’s something that has become part of the norm over the last couple of years, and today we’ll discuss it for the first time.

Mike London started taking his team on the road for a couple of spring practices last year, and he followed suit again this year.  He took his team to Fairfax, VA for practice, as well as a trip to the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News.  All local recruits and fans were free to attend.

New UNC coach Larry Fedora took things a step further.  UNC had a practice at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, the high school of 4-star receiver Marquez North, 4-star DB Brian Walker (already committed to UNC), 3-star DB Anthony Covington and 3-star offensive lineman Tevin Lawshe.  North already has an offer from UNC, as does Covington.

That’s basically the equivalent of Frank Beamer loading his team on a bus and holding a spring practice at Hampton High School or Clover Hill.  Should the Hokies respond with their own trips?  No, I don’t think so.  UVA and UNC have a big advantage over Tech when it comes to their proximity to the major recruiting areas in their state, so it’s much easier for them to take those trips.

Remember, it’s not just a simple trip on a bus.  There are approximately 100 players on Virginia Tech’s roster right now.  There are 10 coaches.  There’s Director of Football Operations John Ballein.  There’s Billy Hite and Jim Cavanaugh.  There are the trainers.  Then the support staff.  Then people from the Sports Information office.  And then the video crew.  You get my point.  A lot of people would have to make that trip.

Not only would a lot of people make the trip, but you’ve got to send all that football equipment in a trailer.  And here’s the real reason it will never happen … Tech is so far away from the main recruiting hubs that the team would probably have to spend the night in a hotel, which would cost a small fortune.  Holding a spring practice in Virginia Beach would cost roughly the same as playing in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte.  The only difference is that the band would stay home.