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UVA president Jim Ryan thinks if there is a college football season, it won't be a normal one

UVA president Jim Ryan thinks if there is a college football season, it won't be a normal one

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the fate of the upcoming NCAA athletic season is still unclear. Fall sports typically kick off in just a few months, but that timeline is now in question due to the circumstances surrounding it.

With August quickly approaching, many hope that answers to when teams can begin practicing - and eventually play - come in the near future. University of Virginia President Jim Ryan is among them. But Ryan also understands that the decision is not an easy one.

During an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," Ryan fielded questions in general about how the university is handling the pandemic and what may be done in the coming months. Within that avenue of questioning, he was  also asked what the tentative plan for athletics at the University of Virginia is. The programs are a major source of income for the school. While Ryan wants sports back, there is no strict plan in place right now. 

"We're taking it day by day. Obviously, we need to have students back on Grounds before football can begin," Ryan said. "But our athletic director, Carla Williams, and our head football coach, Bronco Mendenhall, are committed first and foremost to the safety and well-being of their players, our student athletes. And they'll begin practice when the medical experts tell them that it's safe to do so."

That answer sounds bleak, but it's all that can really be done at this time. With social-distancing measures still in place and no clear process for how to integrate a large number of students or athletes yet in place, Ryan and others are forced to re-evaluate the situation consistently.

Despite the obstacles in the way, Ryan still believes that there will be a college football season. If that season were to begin, he just doesn't expect it to be like the typical few months of football. It will be a very different environment.

"Our hope, obviously, is that there's a football season this fall. I don't imagine it will look like normal football seasons, just like I don't imagine even if we have all students back on Grounds, it will look like a normal semester," Ryan said. "It will not be a normal semester next fall, regardless of which path we follow."

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2020 Virginia NFL Draft roundup: Where Reed, Hall and others landed

2020 Virginia NFL Draft roundup: Where Reed, Hall and others landed

With 255 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, plenty of college players saw their dreams come true. Two of those who heard their name announced came from the Univesity of Virginia. The selections mark the 36th draft in 37 years that at least one player from UVA was selected.

Additionally, another member of the 2019 team was one of the many given an opportunity as an undrafted free agent. 

Here's a look at the Cavaliers heading to the pros.

Joe Reed - Los Angeles Chargers (5th round, 151 overall)

The speedy pass catcher will join a talented wide receiver core in Los Angeles that features the likes of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. He'll also have a chance to work with fellow rookie and first-round pick Justin Herbert who is the quarterback of the future for the AFC West team.

Reed can not only be a serviceable option for the Chargers in the slot but can also make an impact on special teams. Coming off a senior year in which he caught 77 passes, he'll find a way to see the field.

Bryce Hall - New York Jets (5th round, 158 overall)

Some thought Hall might find his way onto the Redskins when they were on the clock in the fifth round, but instead, the cornerback is heading to New York. The Jets should be happy Hall made it to them, as they can use all the secondary help they can get.

Hall does come with some injury concerns, as his 2019 season was cut short and there are worries surrounding his ability to stay healthy. 

Bryce Perkins - Los Angeles Rams (Undrafted Free Agent)

During the rush to sign players following the draft, the Virginia quarterback was among the many to find a new home.

Heading to Los Angeles, Perkins will get a chance to learn from some of the best offensive minds in football. Given his athletic ability, there's a possibility that Sean McVay finds a way to get him involved in the offense one way or another.

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University of Virginia introduces new series of logos

University of Virginia introduces new series of logos

The University of Virginia athletic department unveiled its new logos in a series of tweets on Friday. 

The tweet included the updated V-Sabre mark and two new secondary designs along with a brief description of each design and meaning.

The team also shared a video that documented the process of creating the designs with Nike. 

The video featured UVA’s Director of Athletics Carla Williams, who shared her thoughts on the new designs.

β€œWe believe this new artwork really captures the competitive spirit of Virginia athletics,” Williams said. β€œIt is especially important that we do this now so that when we return to competition we have a fresh, new, bold mark to be able to share and express who we are as Virginia Cavaliers.” 

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach of the UVA football team, also spoke in the video about the potential impact of the new logos. 

β€œMy hope for the new mark is that it becomes a magnum for the most powerful, vibrant, and brilliant young people on the planet,” Mendenhall said. β€œAnd that it gives them a place to be drawn to.”

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