Virginia Tech has signed a letter of agreement to open the 2004 season against USC in the Black Coaches Assn. Classic, Virginia Tech's athletic director said Monday.
Jim Weaver, however, said formal contracts could not be signed by either school until the BCA and the game's promoter settle on a site. FedEx Field near Washington, and Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., are under consideration for the game that would be played Aug. 28.
USC signed a letter of agreement last week.
"Virginia Tech and USC believe it's going to happen," Weaver said. "It's just a matter of the promoter making an announcement."
Daryl Gross, a senior associate athletic director at USC, said he agreed.
"It's a done deal," said Gross, who handles football scheduling.
Virginia Tech plays California in the Insight Bowl in Phoenix on Dec. 26. Weaver said the Hokies are looking forward to opening next season against USC, which is ranked No. 1 and could win a share of the national title with a victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl.