Originally written November 13, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Jim Weaver, who has shepherded Virginia Tech through two conference realignments and overseen vast facilities improvements in 16 years as the school's athletic director, is stepping down. "Once in a while, we're not able to live out our goals and objectives, and this is one of them," Weaver, 68, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. He said he made the decision about four weeks ago and informed senior staff Monday. Weaver, who revealed in 2008 that he is battling Parkinson's disease, has had four back surgeries in recent years, along with a hip replacement, and is due to have both hips replaced in the near future. The surgeries are largely a result of the toll of Parkinson's on his body, he said. "I'm not leaving at all in defeat," he said. "I feel like it's the best thing for me and my family." Weaver arrived in September 1997, when the Hokies played football in the Big East and all other sport...
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