Been to Manhattan, Lubbock, Austin, Stillwater and College Station. College Station was probably the best. Folks say "Howdy" when they see you. And they say "welcome."
Haven't been to the Horseshoe, the Big House or Happy Valley. Nor have I seen Touchdown Jesus.
But I've been to College Football Nirvana.
It's located in Lincoln, Nebraska.
As every Tech fan knows, the Virginia Tech football team knocked off Nebraska in the waning moments this past Saturday at Lane Stadium in arguably one of the most thrilling games in the stadium’s history.
But there was another big winner on Saturday – Virginia Tech’s "Hokies Respect" campaign.
The Tech athletics department has been flooded with phone calls and e-mails from Nebraska fans who came to Blacksburg for the game, saying how well they were treated by the maroon and orange faithful. Also, The Roanoke Times ran three Letters to the Editor from Nebraska fans in the Wednesday edition of the paper.
"We decided to do Nebraska because last year the people that went out to the Nebraska game said that the folks at Nebraska were just so welcoming and cordial that we thought maybe we could repay the hospitality for the Nebraska people, and we've reached out trying to get some of them to come down," Miller said.
After having been the recipient of so much kindness and hospitality, I believe that Nebraska Cornhusker fans set an example that football fans throughout the nation should try to emulate. I know that in the future, whenever I meet visiting fans at my alma mater’s home football games, I will try to make like a Cornhusker.
– Don Kimerer, San Jose State University Alumnus, Class of 1968