Home Football finale with Virginia Tech cancelled as UVA continues to deal with shooting deaths

Football finale with Virginia Tech cancelled as UVA continues to deal with shooting deaths

Chris Graham

The UVA-Virginia Tech game scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled, according to an email Monday night from the ACC.

This not-unexpected news comes as the University of Virginia continues to deal with the emotional fallout from the Nov. 13 shooting deaths of UVA football student-athletes Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry.

The announcement that the season finale had been cancelled comes on the heels of rampant speculation online during the day about rumors of efforts by the two schools and the ACC to move the game back a week, to Saturday, Dec. 3.

All we know about the final call on the game is that the ACC, in its email, said the decision to cancel the scheduled season finale was made following communication between the conference and the two schools’ athletics departments.

Virginia moved last week to cancel its scheduled game with Coastal Carolina in the wake of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of Chandler, Davis and Perry.

A UVA student, Chris Jones, faces three second-degree murder charges, and additional charges in the shootings of Mike Hollins, a football student-athlete, and a fifth person, UVA student Marlee Morgan.

Both Hollins and Morgan survived the shooting and are now out of the hospital.

With the finale cancelled, Virginia Tech will finish its first season under coach Brent Pry with a 3-8 record after the Hokies edged Liberty, 23-22, on Saturday in Lynchburg.

Virginia finishes its first season under coach Tony Elliott with a 3-7 record.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].

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