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Virginia-Virginia Tech game postponed due to coronavirus issues

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The iconic Commonwealth Cup was set to kick-off the beginning of Virginia's and Virginia Tech's 2020 campaign but instead, it is postponed due to "COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech" both schools announced.

The game was originally set for Sept. 19. No rescheduled date has been set.

Additionally, the Hokies have paused their football practices for four days. 

This is the second straight game that has been postponed for the Hokies because of the coronavirus. Originally, Virginia Tech was set to host N.C. State on Sept. 12 for their season opener, but COVID cases among the Wolfpack athletic department forced the postponement. 

The rescheduled game between N.C. State and the Hokies will now kick-off both team's season on Sept. 26. UVA, who did not announce any coronavirus issues, will play Duke on Sept. 26, moving up their scheduled November contest.

"My primary concern continues to be the well-being of the student-athletes on our football team," Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente said in a release. "I hurt for them because I know how badly they want to compete. I also appreciate that these young men have been dealing with the same stress, uncertainty and anxiety as their fellow Virginia Tech students over the past few months as their spring semester was dramatically altered. Then they were forced to find a way to train on their own, and to their credit, they found a way to get it done.   "So many individuals worked so tirelessly to give us an opportunity to get back on campus to train and to get back on the practice field. To all of those individuals who continue to go the extra mile for our student-athletes, I'm extremely grateful. I appreciate how many people at Virginia Tech are so deeply invested in the success of our football team and our young men." 

 

The ACC built their fall schedule with some open weekends with the potential to move games around due to postponements from the virus. Each school was permitted only one nonconference game leaving several opportunities to adjust. 

Neither team, however, currently has a scheduled off-week until Dec. 12 due to this early schedule changes. This could cause ripple effects as the ACC Championship Game will either be played on Dec. 12 or 19. 

“These are very challenging times. We understand and respect the decision by Virginia Tech,” Virginia director of athletics Carla Williams said. “With so much uncertainty, flexibility in scheduling becomes incredibly important. I know both teams and both fan bases were looking forward to opening the season next weekend. We’ll work with the conference and Virginia Tech to reschedule.”