Birth of the Hokie Nation: Virginia Tech's Path to the 1999 National Championship Game
An old-fashioned book of stories surrounding the rise of the Virginia Tech football program. The book follows the Hokies from 1992 - 1999 and into 2000, when dreams became reality, and the team played for a BCS National Championship. While the true success of Frank Beamer's team is measured over time, the best written stories are about climbing to the peak, not the time spent at the summit. More
Virginia Tech hired Frank Beamer in December 1986 to take over a football program rocked with scandal and on NCAA probation. After the 1992 season, many assumed the university administration would fire him when the Hokies finished the year with a 2-8-1 record. The ad-ministration was patient. Starting in 1993, the Virginia Tech football team set upon a path that would lead to the National Championship game of 1999 played on January 4, 2000, at the Sugar Bowl. This is the story of the games played between 1992 and that January night when, for a few minutes, Virginia Tech reached the pinnacle of the college football world. While Frank Beamer never won a national championship as coach, this book is about the teams that put Beamer and the Hokies in the stratosphere where dreams became goals, and the quest for those goals changed a university.