The Virginia Tech Friday Q&A: The FEF, RSN, And The ACC Tournament

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2015 Virginia Tech Football Schedule

1) BOV meeting in mid-March to vote on additional funds for the football program…what’s next when the funds are approved, where do you see initial investment: recruitment, nutrition, strength and conditioning, analysis? Also, what if they decline to allocate additional funds – what’s Babcock’s next move? – ChazB

Chris Coleman: In case you didn’t read last week’s Friday Q&A, I buried this paragraph in there…

“For what it’s worth, the university’s contribution to the FEF has to be approved by the Board of Visitors, and the next BOV meeting is scheduled for March 21.  I would expect it to be approved then.  Of course, it was supposed to be approved at the last BOV meeting, but the vote was pushed back to March due to a technicality in the BOV rulebook.  We shall see.”

To refresh your memory, the Football Enhancement Fund (FEF) is a plan to get $2.5 million per year from the big donors matched by $2.5 million from the university per year ($5 million total per year for the next five years) to support the football program.  I don’t know the status of the $2.5 million from the top 20 or so big donors.  We heard back in December that some of them were angry that Whit Babcock didn’t fire Justin Fuente and there was a serious threat of them holding back their donations, but I haven’t heard anything since, so it’s possible that some time calmed their emotional reactions to that decision