West Virginia feels no need to fear now Grier is here

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier

Got a feeling the West Virginia-Virginia Tech game could be the most intriguing of the opening weekend. Yeah, maybe even more than Alabama-Florida State.

Will Grier officially was made eligible on Tuesday for the game. Grier, you might recall, had the Gators in the top 3 in the nation and then failed a PED test ended his season and career at Florida.

PED or no PED, Grier could make a difference in the season opener against one of the top teams in the ACC this season.

Happy West Virginia Day!

According to ESPN.com, West Virginia applied for and received a waiver from the NCAA to make Grier eligible for the start of the season.

He was suspended for one year midway through the 2015 season at Florida for a positive PED test before transferring to WVU and sitting out all of 2016. In his five starts at Florida, he was 5-0, led the Gators to a 28-27 come-from-behind victory over SEC East rival Tennessee and passed for 1,202 yards with 10 TDs.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was so excited about Grier being reinstated, he declared Tuesday “Happy West Virginia Day” on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Hokies are expected to be the team to beat in the ACC Coastal. Virginia Tech’s linebackers, Tremaine Edmunds and Andrew Motuapuaka, certainly look forward to giving Grier a special “welcome back” to football.

Both teams should be ranked in the preseason and will be in need of a good non-conference win.

ACC Network comes at a cost

ACC has proven it belongs at the big-boy, football table with the SEC. Yet it is trying to catch up in terms of establishing its own network. The race is becoming costly, too.

Yardbarker.com cited a story from the Hampton Roads Daily Press on how Virginia and Virginia Tech will spend $5-$7 million on facilities to accommodate the ACC Network, set to launch in 2019.

According to the newspaper’s story, ESPN wants the league’s 15 schools to be operational a year in advance. That means each school needs infrastructure and personnel capable of producing network-caliber programming. Hence, each school needs to spend.

Offered as an eample, Virginia recently completed $6 million in upgrades that include control rooms and a spacious studio.

 

 

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