Michigan cancels football series with Virginia Tech in 2020, '21 – Roanoke Times


Virginia Tech will have to wait a while to get revenge for the 2012 Sugar Bowl.

Michigan announced Thursday that it has canceled its home-and-home football series with the Hokies in 2020 and ’21, agreeing to pay Virginia Tech a $375,000 cancellation fee. The schools will discuss possible future dates to play.

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The series, which called for the teams to play in Ann Arbor on Sept. 19, 2020, and in Blacksburg on Sept. 11, 2021, was agreed to back in 2013 when Jim Weaver was still the Virginia Tech athletic director, part of a scheduling push that included series with Wisconsin, Penn State and West Virginia.

The Wolverines’ decision “solves” a problem for Virginia Tech in 2021, when it had games lined up at West Virginia and at home against Michigan and Notre Dame, a non-conference slate that would be unusual for any program in terms of difficulty. It’s no doubt a disappointment for fans wanting to travel to see “The Big House.” 

Michigan’s intentions are probably plain to see. The Wolverines’ 2021 schedule included Washington and Virginia Tech in non-conference play, plus Wisconsin, Nebraska, Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State in Big Ten play.

It means Tech won’t have an opportunity anytime soon to get Michigan back for the 2012 Sugar Bowl, which the Wolverines won 23-20 in overtime after replay officials overturned a Danny Coale touchdown catch in the extra session. That’s the only time the schools have met.

The cancellation gives Virginia Tech its only open spots in non-conference scheduling from now until 2029.

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