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ESPN's College GameDay opens with East Carolina at Va. Tech

BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN's College GameDay opens its football
season in Blacksburg, Va., when East Carolina visits Virginia Tech
on Sept. 1.

"Virginia Tech is a special place, and the community is one of
the most respectful and passionate we have visited," ESPN vice
president Norby Williamson said. "Our coverage will be considerate
of the emotional day facing the students, faculty, and people of
Blacksburg and the country."

On April 16, 23-year-old student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people
on campus before committing suicide in a classroom building.

"Every time College GameDay has come to Blacksburg it has been
exciting," Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer said. "This
time, I think there will be a greater togetherness than ever
before."