Three-point stance: Post-Beamer Hokies

1.The announcement Thursday that Alabama and Virginia Tech will reconvene in the Georgia Dome for the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is another example of the primacy of the Southeastern Conference. Eight games have been played or scheduled in the Georgia Dome through 2014, and all eight include an SEC team. Six games will feature an ACC opponent, but they are no more than the anchors that Boise State is as the opponent in the remaining two games.

2.The matchup got me to thinking about the fate of the post-Beamer Hokies. No, I don’t know that Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will retire in the next two years. But when he does retire on his way to the College Football Hall of Fame, will the Hokies maintain their status as a borderline national power? Does the success of the past 15 years belong to Beamer or to the program? The test: How good is any program after you eliminate the best coach it ever had?

3.The Oregon-Willie Lyles saga illustrates that the NCAA Manual must be brought into the modern day. The last overhaul of the Manual took place 20 years ago, and intercollegiate athletics benefited from it. Between AAU coaches in basketball, the rise of 7-on-7 football tournaments, the recruiting of high school sophomores, the Cecil Newton case at Auburn and now Lyles, the NCAA is fighting fires with horse-drawn fire wagons.