After two straight weeks of road games, the Virginia Tech football team returns to Lane Stadium this weekend to open up ACC play against Pittsburgh. Two weeks ago at Rutgers, the game was broadcast on the Big Ten Network and last week, their game at Marshall was on ESPN2. This week, they return to the ACC Network and in the primetime slot.
The announcers for the Virginia Tech/Pittsburgh game were announced Tuesday
When the Hokies hosted Old Dominion in Week 1, the game was in the 8 p.m. primetime slot on the ACC Network. Also at Lane Stadium for Virginia Tech’s 36-17 win was the ACC Huddle crew, which consisted of Kelsey Riggs, Eric MacLain, EJ Manuel, former Georgia coach Mark Richt, and former Tech wide receiver Eddie Royal. They will be back for this week’s matchup with the Panthers and they will be joined by a different announcing crew.
This week, Mike Monaco will be on the play-by-play with Tim Hasselbeck the analyst, and Taylor Tannebaum on the sideline.
This is an experienced crew that the ESPN Network is sending to Blacksburg for the game. Monaco, who fills in sometimes on Boston Red Sox games on NESN, has handled college play-by-play for ESPN for a couple of seasons and worked the College World Series last June in Omaha, Nebraska, splitting play-by-play duties with Karl Ravech. Hasselbeck is a former quarterback at Boston College and spent some time in the NFL with the Washington Commanders and New York Giants.
This is a very good crew that will be at Lane Stadium Saturday night for the Hokies ACC opener. Monaco is young in the play-by-play business but is a rising star and makes any game he calls enjoyable. Hasselbeck is one of the better analysts the network has and always does a good job of breaking down all the plays.
Virginia Tech is hoping that history repeats itself as the last time the ACC Huddle was in town, they won.