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Virginia Tech-Wisconsin football series pushed back to 2019 and 2020

Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech will have to wait a little while longer to play Wisconsin. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Virginia Tech and Wisconsin are postponing their scheduled football series until 2019 and 2020, Hokies Athletic Director Jim Weaver confirmed Thursday.

The Hokies and Badgers were slated to face each other in a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017, but multiple reports indicate Wisconsin is finalizing plans to open the 2014 and 2016 seasons with neutral-site games against Louisiana State.

Weaver said ESPN has been coordinating with Virginia Tech to remedy the situation, because the network owns the broadcast rights to the Wisconsin games.

“We have worked with Dave Brown of ESPN on the situation and moved the Wisconsin series back and have taken on another opponent, whose name I can’t release yet,” Weaver said. “But we’re going to play Wisconsin in 2019 and 2020.”

It’s the second time the series has been delayed: Wisconsin and Virginia Tech were originally supposed to face each other in 2008 and 2009.

Weaver would only disclose that Virginia Tech’s new nonconference foe for 2016 and 2017 would be a major-conference program.

“I can tell you for sure that the Wisconsin situation is solid because we signed a contract addendum,” Weaver added.

With the Wisconsin series now moved back, it means the Hokies will likely face both the Badgers and Michigan in 2020. Wisconsin is scheduled to visit Blacksburg that year. Virginia Tech could also play Notre Dame in 2019 as part of the ACC’s new scheduling agreement with the Fighting Irish.

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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