Virginia Tech, Virginia rivalry game postponed over 'COVID-19 issues,' school says

How Virginia Tech decided it needed to postpone the opener against Virginia

Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said that the decision comes with the well-being of the student body at the forefront but that they are optimistic that the Commonwealth Cup, initially scheduled for September 19, and the rest of the season will be played in its entirety.

With rising COVID-19 cases in Blacksburg and its surrounding area, Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock anxiously awaited a backlog of test results for the football team to come in Thursday night.

"The safety, as well as the physical and mental well-being of these young men and women entrusted to our care by their families remains our top priority", Babcock's statement read.

None of the 14 student-athletes who tested positive required hospitalization.

Virginia's season opener is now set for October 3 at Clemson.

"I appreciate the quick action taken by the ACC and the willingness of Duke University to reschedule this game", said Virginia director of athletics Carla Williams. Both Duke and UVA had open dates on September 26.

Virginia Tech's season-opening game has been postponed for the second time due to "COVID-19 issues", the school announced on Saturday. Virginia and Virginia Tech will work with the Atlantic Coast Conference to reschedule that game later in the season.

Virginia Tech, meanwhile, will pause its football practices for four days, according to the release from the school, and for now, at least, the September 26 game with N.C. State is still a go.



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