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Virginia vs. Virginia Tech game canceled as Cavaliers mourn slain players, ending season for both teams

Virginia vs. Virginia Tech game canceled as Cavaliers mourn slain players, ending season for both teams

SATISFACTION

Virginia’s rivalry game at Virginia Tech, scheduled for Nov. 26, has been canceled as the school continues to mourn the three Cavalier football players killed in a Nov. 13 campus shooting.

Formerly The Cavaliers canceled their match on November 19 against Coastal Carolina after Devin Chandler, Lavell Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry were fatally shot by a former Virginia football player while returning from a field trip. A fourth player, Mike Hollins, underwent two surgeries after the injury and was released from the hospital on Monday. Another student, Marlee Morgan, was treated at the hospital and released.

Chris Jones, who has been identified as the lone shooter, faces multiple felony charges.

“They’re really just trying to process everything that’s happened and all the questions I’ve been getting are, for the most part, “Okay, coach, how do we move forward?” What’s the next step in that process,” Virginia coach Tony Elliott said Nov. 15. “I think the guys are on the road to recovery, but it’s going to take some time. Our approach is to keep them together as much as possible to make sure we watch them because nothing can prepare you for this situation and we just want to be there to support the guys.”

The cancellation of the Commonwealth Cup ends a streak of annual matches dating back to 1970 and ends the respective seasons of both programs. Virginia finishes 3-7 in Elliott’s first season, while Virginia Tech finishes 3-8 with its last game coming in a 23-22 win over Liberty in Week 12.





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