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1999 vs. 2009

Updated: July 28, 2009, 2:11 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman

The news about former Virginia Tech great Michael Vick being conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday got me thinking about how different things are around college football since 1999, the year the Hokies redshirt freshman was the breakout star in sports. (For one thing, a decade later, Va. Tech is a legitimate college football powerhouse.)

To check out how life was different for Pete Carroll and Urban Meyer back in '99, to look at how the SEC and Big Ten are completely different, and for some Alabama recruiting news -- you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider

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