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"That's life," Weaver told me late Friday night, hours after the ACC announced Notre Dame's rotation of league opponents for 2014-16. "So you've got to keep plugging."
Weaver had asked ACC officials for a 2015 date with Notre Dame and only recently learned the request wasn't granted. Fortunately, he found a cooperative partner in Old Dominion athletic director Wood Selig.
Weaver adjusted by moving a 2016 home game against ODU to 2017, and adding a 2017 Blacksburg date against Delaware, which completes the Hokies' non-conference schedule for that season. Selig had no trouble with the one-year delay and didn't request compensation for the contractual change.
Tech's issue now is that 2015 vacancy.
Weaver said he would like to arrange a home-and-home against a program from one of the power conferences –
I asked Weaver if he might schedule a one-time game for 2015 against a marquee opponent at a neutral venue such as the
"The only neutral site I'm interested in is the Chick-fil-A Kickoff," Weaver said. "We have a great relationship with those people."
The Hokies open the 2013 season in that Atlanta game against two-time defending national champion Alabama, as they did in 2009.
That moratorium on other neutral sites applies to Notre Dame as well. So when the Fighting Irish play the Hokies in the next rotation, in 2017, '18, or '19, the game will be at Lane Stadium.
Weaver said the Tech faithful who spend money on season tickets, club seats and suites deserve to see Notre Dame play in Blacksburg.
Although he plans to retire at the end of his current contract in December 2015, Weaver said he continues to work on home-and-homes for 2020-2021 and 2022-23 with Big Ten opponents he declined to identify.
Candidates might include Weaver’s alma mater,
“I was a great proponent of nine conference games,” Weaver said. “Then you play a game against another
The ACC approved a nine-game league schedule after adding Syracuse and Pittsburgh to bring membership to 14 schools. But after welcoming Notre Dame for basketball and Olympic sports in exchange for those five annual football games, the ACC returned to its eight-game set-up.
"It takes an awful lot of time," Weaver said of football scheduling. "You have to really use your contacts."
Here are the Hokies' non-conference games for the next seven seasons:
2013: Alabama in Atlanta, Western Carolina, at East Carolina, Marshall.
2015: Furman and Ohio State in Blacksburg; at East Carolina.
2016: Liberty, Wisconsin and East Carolina at home; Notre Dame on the road.
2017: Delaware and ODU at Lane; at Wisconsin and East Carolina.
2018: William and Mary and East Carolina at home; ODU on the road.
2019: Charlotte and ODU in Blacksburg; at East Carolina.
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