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BCA, Virginia Tech propose a Dec. 1 date
 Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech, ESPN and the Black Coaches Association proposed Monday that Dec. 1 should be the makeup date for the BCA Classic. However, Georgia Tech hasn't decided whether it wants to play the game.

Severe thunderstorms and lightning forced game and school officials to postpone the game Sunday night at Lane Stadium just as the teams were lined up for the opening kickoff.

Rick Giles, president of the organization that produces the game for the coaches' group, said officials decided to release the tentative date after being inundated with questions about a makeup game.

If the schools do not play, the financial loss in ticket receipts and revenues from sponsorships could amount to more than $2 million, Giles said.

Mike Stamus, sports information director at Georgia Tech, said Monday night the school hasn't decided whether to make up the game after playing rival Georgia on Nov. 25. It wasn't immediately clear if the Yellow Jackets were legally obligated to meet Virginia Tech on a different date.

Georgia Tech athletic director Dave Braine said Sunday night that he wasn't inclined to schedule a makeup game.

"I don't think it's a good idea," he said. "Our reasons for playing a preseason game were because we had an inexperienced quarterback. He will have 11 games by then."

The Yellow Jackets, seeking to replace Heisman runner-up Joe Hamilton, were hoping to get their first look at George Godsey against the Hokies.

Now, Godsey will make his first college start Saturday against Central Florida.

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