That seemingly small idea remains in existence today as hokiesports the newspaper, formerly the Hokie Huddler, concludes its 20th year.
"Sometimes, we'll go back and look at old issues, and it's a lot of fun to read about some of the great athletes in Virginia Tech history," says Jimmy Robertson, editor of the publication since 1996. "But it's even more amazing to go back and look at all the changes that have taken place to the newspaper over the past 20 years."
Despite all of these changes, the newspaper's level of quality information about Tech athletics has remained a constant. Printed weekly during football and basketball seasons and bi-monthly in April and May, the newspaper features columns by Robertson and Bill Roth, the Voice of the Hokies. Matt Spiers, the assistant editor, writes features and handles women's basketball coverage. David Knachel takes the photos and designs the cover each week.
The up-to-date news provided in the paper primarily focuses on football, men's and women's basketball, and baseball. Fans can read the football depth chart; features on players and former athletes (the "Where Are They Now?" section); statistics and standings; and notes, quotes, and general recruiting information.
"Being a weekly newspaper, we have some constraints," Robertson says. "But we're always going to be committed to being creative as far as the type of news and features we do for our publication. We have to do things differently than a daily newspaper."
Subscriptions continue to increase for the newspaper, though Robertson attributes that growth to the success of Tech's athletics program and fans' rabid interest in the Hokies. And with Tech's entrance into the Atlantic Coast Conference, the newspaper's future is bright.
For more information on the newspaper, call 540/231-3908.
Bryan Johnston is assistant director of sports information.