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Virginia Football cancels Coastal Carolina game days after 3 players killed in shooting

Steve Samra11/16/22
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Virginia Football has cancelled their game this weekend against Coastal Carolina in the wake of the tragedy that befell the program, with three players being killed in a shooting.

On Wednesday, the Cavaliers made the announcement via a press release.

“The Virginia athletics department announced today (Nov. 16) the Cavaliers’ home football game vs. Coastal Carolina scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 has been canceled,” announced Virginia. “The decision was made following the shooting of five students on Grounds Sunday night. The incident resulted in the deaths of three members of the UVA team – Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry.

“The game would have been Virginia’s final home game of the 2022 season.”

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Moreover, the school also stated that a decision has not been made on whether the Cavaliers will participate in the team’s final game of the season, slated for Nov. 26 in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech.

The college football world continues to send their thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the victims, as well as the program and university as a whole.

Tony Elliott gets emotional discussing the deadly shooting at Virginia

It’s a couple of days since tragedy struck the University of Virginia campus. Three football players — wide receiver Devin Chandler, wide receiver Lavel Davis and linebacker D’Sean Perry — were killed in a shooting late Sunday night, and it’s made for a rough stretch for Tony Elliott and the program.

“It feels like it’s a nightmare, to be honest with you,” Elliott told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “And I’m ready for somebody to pinch me and wake me up and say that this didn’t happen. It’s been a long, I don’t even know how long it’s been since it happened. The minutes can’t go by fast enough.”

The incident occurred late Sunday night as students were returning home from a field trip. Former UVA player Chris Jones opened fire, killing the three football players and injuring another student and one more player, running back Mike Hollins. Hollins underwent a second surgery Tuesday morning to look for more damage the bullet might have done after doctors removed the bullet Monday. Jones, meanwhile, was taken into custody Monday.

Elliott spoke about the emotions he and the program are feeling while also describing the process to get through such a tragic situation.

“My heart’s hurting right now for our university, our community, the team, the players, the families, the young men whose families have been impacted the most. That’s where my thoughts are at this time, trying to provide all the resources and support that I possibly can,” Elliott said. “I have to acknowledge the strength of our players and the staff at this time in coming together to work to process what has taken place. Just like many of you all and many of those that are very close to the situation, still in shock, trying to rationalize, but also, find encouragement and community with those that have come out in and also those internally who have banded together to try and figure out how we move forward after going through a situation like this. 

“Again, just heartfelt sympathies go out to the players, their families, their communities I think beyond our communities but also communities in other states have been impacted by the loss of three beautiful, young human beings that had an unbelievable future ahead of them. The message to the team is we’re going to celebrate those lives going forward and the impact that they’ve made thus far and the legacy that they’re going to be a part of helping us establish going forward.”