Commonwealth Cup competition scheduled for September 19 will be postponed to a later date
BLACKSBURG – After consultation with Atlantic Coast Conference officials, our University of Virginia counterparts, Virginia Tech campus management, and Dr. Mark Rogers, chief medical officer of Virginia Tech Athletics, the mutual decision was made to move the Virginia Tech v Virginia soccer game to Lane Stadium to a later date due to COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech will suspend its football practices for four days.
Virginia Tech is now scheduled to open the 2020 football season on Saturday, September 26 against NC State at Lane Stadium. Updates will be provided if further changes to the 2020 schedule are deemed necessary.
“The safety, as well as the physical and mental well-being of these young men and women entrusted to our care by their families remain our top priority,” said the sports director, Whit Babcock. “While we share the disappointment of all who hoped to start the football season against our rival in the State, we remain optimistic that a full ACC football schedule can be played with the flexibility that the current format allows. Despite this delay, our schedule remains closely aligned with the schedule for the Southeastern Conference and Football’s Big 12.
“We appreciate President Sands’ continued support for our student-athletes and Tech Athletics as we navigate these unprecedented times,” Babcock continued. “We are always optimistic that fall Olympic sports are on schedule. We also support Dr Sands and our campus leaders as they remain committed to providing the best learning environment possible under the circumstances of this semester. ”
“My main concern remains the well-being of the student-athletes on our football team,” said head coach Justin font. “It hurts for them because I know how badly they want to compete. I also appreciate that these young men have faced the same stress, uncertainty and anxiety as their fellow Virginia Techs over the past few months that their spring semester has been dramatic. Then they were forced to find a way to train on their own, and to their credit, they found a way to do it.
“So many people worked tirelessly to give us the opportunity to come back to campus to train and get back to the training ground. To all of those people who continue to go the extra mile for our student-athletes, I am extremely grateful. I appreciate the number of people at Virginia Tech who are so deeply invested in the success of our football team and our young men. “