Steve Yanda reported on Tuesday that the commonwealth of Virginia and eight of its Division I athletic programs would be announcing the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic, an annual holiday-time four-team basketball event at the Richmond Coliseum.
Now, the details aren’t perfect — it’s not really a tournament, and there are only two games a year, and at least one notable school (William & Mary) was omitted from the field — but it’s still better than the D.C.-area has managed, with the absurd Georgetown-Maryland situation continuing to fester.
Anyhow, the official announcement came on Wednesday, complete with official logo and official statement from Governor Bob McDonnell:
“Virginia has long been home to some of the nation’s premier collegiate basketball programs,” McDonnell said. “Virginia teams have appeared in Final Fours, won conference championships and are regularly ranked in national Top 25 polls. Unfortunately, given scheduling constraints and conference affiliations, we too rarely get to witness our in-state teams competing against each other. The ‘Classic’ will change that. In December 2012 and 2013 the Richmond Coliseum will be the site of what are certain to be exciting games which will allow Virginians to celebrate our great colleges and universities while supporting a great cause, the Commonwealth’s Food Banks. I hope the Classic will become a long-lasting Virginia athletic tradition. And, as a father who has had children attend U-Va., Virginia Tech, ODU, JMU and VCU, I'm definitely staying neutral in this one!”
Not sure about the “regularly ranked in national Top 25 polls” business, but other than that, it’s a nice start. Eventually, of course, I want to see a 24-team D.C.-Maryland-Virginia event that starts with Hoyas-Terps and culminates with Norfolk State facing off with Mount St. Mary’s at Barry Farm.