You couldn’t have asked for a better outcome to Saturday’s proceedings. Justin Fuente and his staff put a lot of eggs into this basket, inviting all their committed North Carolina recruits and a few big remaining targets from their #NC2VT recruiting effort into Lane Stadium to witness an epic beatdown of their home state North Carolina Tar Heels, on a beautiful day in Blacksburg.
Everything gelled perfectly, and in the end, Fuente could only gloat like the A-Team’s Hannibal Smith.
Virginia Tech has now outscored North Carolina 93-10 in the last two seasons, bringing harmony and alignment to the football relationship between these two schools. As I wrote in last week’s Monday Thoughts, there’s something inherently wrong about North Carolina beating Virginia Tech in football. If that’s true (and it is), then there is something inherently right about the Hokies not just beating the Heels, but crushing them. Fuente and his staff seem to get that, and they make every effort not just to win, but win big.
There are some good things about being in the ACC, and one of them is getting to play North Carolina every season in football. It’s been covered in this space that the Heels ducked the Hokies in 1983, refusing to play VT in the Peach Bowl. That was just one example of a pervasive, long-standing condescending attitude from UNC as an institution towards Virginia Tech.
The history of it, at least through one person’s eyes, was well-documented in this post by AshburnFarmHokie. Take the time to read it before continuing. It will put you in the proper mindset for the rest of this article.
I try not to hold a grudge. But whenever we play North Carolina …. by AshburnFarmHokie
One area where Virginia Tech could have exacted some measure of payback for that Carolina attitude was on the football field, but for 76 years — an entire lifetime — that satisfaction was denied. The Hokies beat the Tar Heels 16-14 in October of 1928, but from 1929-1946, Tech went 0-5-1 against the Heels, with...
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