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Kyle Guy scores 20 as No. 7 Virginia routs Grambling State

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Kyle Guy scores 20 as No. 7 Virginia routs Grambling State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Freshman guard Kyle Guy scored 20 points in 13 minutes, and No. 7 Virginia ran off 26 consecutive points to end the first half of a 90-34 victory against Grambling State on Tuesday night.

Guy, who was Mr. Basketball in Indiana last season, shot 6 of 7 from the floor, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, for the Cavaliers (4-0). Virginia coach Tony Bennett removed him with 10:51 remaining and started substituting with walk-ons very early.

Marcel Thompson led Grambling State (1-3) with eight points.

Guy, the most heralded of a vaunted freshman class for Virginia, causes a stir in the crowd every time he shows off his quick release. When his shot falls, fans go wild because the hype seems legit. He whetted their appetite in the previous game by scoring 15 points, and was even better against the Tigers.

Marial Shayok and Darius Thompson added 12 points apiece for Virginia.

Grambling State, meanwhile, might want to lose Virginia's phone number. The Cavaliers led 49-9 at halftime after the 26-0 burst, their largest lead at the break since the only other time they played Grambling, in 2001. They led that game 68-25 at intermission.

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Big Ten postpones contact practices for football, MAC postpones fall sports

Big Ten postpones contact practices for football, MAC postpones fall sports

The Big Ten announced on Saturday the postponement of football practices with pads to deter contact and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

In a planned meeting, the conference decided to remain in the first two days of the acclimatization period for football.

In plain English, the conference voted to keep college football practices in a phase where athletes may only wear helmets.

The decision comes hours after the Mid-American Conference postponed all fall sports, including football. As a hub for college football-crazed fanatics and midweek NCAA action, the MAC became the first conference to opt out of playing any sports this fall. Instead, they're focusing efforts on moving those sports to the fall. 

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With growing momentum towards finding a way to play fall sports in the spring, the Big Ten's latest steps seem to indicate its hesitancy in becoming the first Power 5 conference to follow the MAC.

"We understand there are many questions regarding how this impacts schedules, as well as the feasibility of proceeding forward with the season at all," the Big Ten statement read. "As we have consistently stated, we will continue to evaluate daily, while relying on our medical experts, to make the best decisions possible for the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes."

As the Maryland Terrapins held their first day of training camp yesterday with masked coaches and padless players, this will have to continue to be the new norm for now. 

Today's decision also comes three days after the conference announced complete medical protocols for all fall sports and plans for the football season to include a 10-game conference-only schedule with one cross-division game. 

With the first set of games slated for Sept. 5, it will be interesting to see if the momentum builds enough to eventually postpone the season entirely. Some reporters are being told the combination of the unknowns surrounding the long-term impact of coronavirus and the MAC's decision to forgo the fall that the season is already over. 

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James Madison won't play football this fall, will focus on potential spring season

James Madison won't play football this fall, will focus on potential spring season

FCS power James Madison is no longer pursuing a season this fall and instead will shift its focus to potentially playing in the spring semester, the university announced Friday.

James Madison, which has appeared in three of the last four national championship games - winning the title in 2016 - said in a statement, "With nationwide developments over the course of the week and the impending postponement of the NCAA FCS championship (playoffs), James Madison has suspended its fall football season. Department focus has shifted, in collaboration with the Colonial Athletic Association and the NCAA, to exploration of a spring competitive football season."

CAA Football suspended its season on July 17 due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, but it allowed for members such as James Madison to seek a season independent of the conference. Dukes athletic director Jeff Bourne his program would pursue that opportunity as long as health conditions were deemed safe and the NCAA staged its annual playoffs in the fall semester.

With at least eight of the 13 FCS conferences having already canceled on a fall season, the number of potential schools participating in the regular season - well below 50 percent - will not meet what the NCAA is requiring for playoffs.

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