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Longtime Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver Stepping Down At End Of Year
Published November 13, 2013
|Weaver helped guide VT to the
ACC in '04
LEAVING A LEGACY: The AP's Hank Kurz Jr. wrote Weaver has "shepherded Virginia Tech through two conference realignments and overseen vast facilities improvements" in his 16 years as AD. Weaver arrived in September '97, when VT "played football in the Big East and all other sports in the Atlantic 10." By '99, the Big East "invited the Hokies to become an all-sports member," and they moved again five years later, joining the ACC. VT under Weaver has "expanded Lane Stadium to its current capacity of 65,632, added luxury suites, and built a new football complex." The school also built a $20M basketball practice facility that opened in '09 (AP, 11/12). In DC, Mark Giannotto notes Weaver during his final years in office "helped negotiate home-and-home football series with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, West Virginia and a 2016 game at Bristol Motor Speedway against Tennessee, a matchup that is expected to draw the largest crowd in college football history." Weaver last month was "nominated for the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/13). In Richmond, Mike Barber writes Weaver "leaves behind a legacy of growth" at VT, and is responsible for the "signing of the school’s first Nike contract" in '07 (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 11/13).