The Virginia Tech Hokies were originally scheduled to open the 2020 season on Sept. 12 against the North Carolina State Wolfpack after the ACC announced revised schedules last month. The Wolfpack had to push the game back due to COVID-19 concerns.
Then, the Hokies were expected to open the season on Sept. 19 against in-state rival Virginia. This time, it was the Hokies who needed to push the game back due to COVID-19.
Now, the Hokies are trying to start the season this Saturday with the aforementioned N.C. State in Blacksburg.
Could that game now be in jeopardy?
Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente met with the media on Monday and offered an honest, but alarming comment.
#Hokies coach Justin Fuente on the NC State opener: "We will not have a full roster. I hope we're able to play."— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) September 21, 2020
First, let’s take a minute to appreciate Fuente’s transparency here. Folks often criticize him for being so tight-lipped and here he is refreshingly honest. The Hokies aren’t going to have a full roster on Saturday.
Fuente noted the team still has more COVID-19 tests pending before this weekend’s game which will determine who is available for the game.
As of now, we should expect this game to happen. Other schools are going to be dealing with similar issues, but likely will not discuss it so openly.
We’ll have more on this matchup throughout the week.