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Virginia Tech football fills out 2013 schedule with East Carolina

When the ACC voted to scrap its plan for a nine-game conference football schedule starting in 2013, Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver needed to fill a hole in the Hokies’ slate. He even considered playing a conference opponent in a non-league game.

Instead, he ended up turning to a familiar foe.

Virginia Tech and East Carolina announced Tuesday that the schools will reactivate their series and play each other every year between 2013 and 2020, beginning with a game in Greenville, N.C., next year.

East Carolina will host home games during odd years over the duration of the contract and the Pirates will come to Blackburg in even years. Before this season, the two schools had faced each other every year since 2007. The Hokies were 4-1 in those meetings, with the lone loss coming in 2008 season opener in Charlotte.

Virginia Tech and East Carolina were originally scheduled to meet in in 2012 and 2013 but were forced to delay those meetings when the ACC announced its plan to adopt a nine-game conference schedule with the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh in 2013, a plan that was abandoned earlier this month. The Pirates also accommodated the Hokies when they were scheduling next year’s season opener in Atlanta against Alabama.

Rounding out Virginia Tech’s 2013 nonconference slate are home games against Marshall and Western Carolina.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

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