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After Virginia Tech football players and coaches showed their support for the #WeWantToPlay movement, Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock threw his support behind the movement.
Always enjoyed stopping by @hokiesports practices before. Now more than ever❤️👍🏽🦃— Whit Babcock (@WhitBabcock) August 11, 2020
We”re going to do ALL we can for all 7 Fall sports to have an opportunity - safely. Soon as we can. Our students & coaches have done everything asked of them & more. #ProudOfThem #WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/MrffMkuHWT
Babcock was recently asked about Tech's medical procedures in a press conference and said that he is confident enough that he would be comfortable putting his own son, a football player at William & Mary, in them.
#Hokies AD Whit Babcock on Zoom with reporters says he'd put his son, a football player at W&M, in VT's protocol in a minute.— David Teel (@ByDavidTeel) August 5, 2020
That type of confidence along with the continued confidence from Tech's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Rogers makes it clear that Virginia Tech is comfortable with the safety protocols they have in place.
Of course, while athletic directors do have plenty of influence, decisions about fall sports come down to the university presidents at the end of the day. As a source summarized to us, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Tech's top university leadership is following the lead of their athletic director.
"We stand with Whit Babcock."
Any random fan speculation that Babcock and Sands aren't on the same page is simply made up hysteria and stereotyping of Tech's president based on our understanding of things.
Additionally, yesterday evening saw reports emerge that the ACC is still full speed ahead even as the Big 10 and Pac-12 mull over multiple options on how to move forward.
ACC 'absolutely' intends to play 2020 college football season after league meetings Mondayhttps://t.co/us9WilzyTH— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 10, 2020
The ACC continues to move forward but if the Big 10 and Pac-12 were to decide to postpone to the spring rather than delay their seasons longer, it would likely force more conversations among ACC leaders as to whether to go forward without two Power 5 conferences or not.
For now though, fall sports remain on track to happen this fall even if their fall start still remains uncertain across the country.