By ANDREW RAMSPACHER
The University of Virginia football team has announced its home game against Costal Carolina University on Saturday has been canceled.
The decision was delivered Wednesday morning as the Cavaliers remain grieving following Sunday’s shooting on Grounds that killed three members of UVA’s team – Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry – and injured two other students.
The game on Saturday would have been Virginia’s final home game of the season. A decision about the season finale, scheduled for Nov. 26 at Virginia Tech, has not been made at this time.
UVA first-year head football coach Tony Elliott said Tuesday that some of the questions he’s receiving from his players concern the next steps in their healing process.
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“I think you have a football team that is grieving, that is hurt, but that is also very self-aware that this situation is bigger than football and it transcends football,” Elliott said during a news conference at John Paul Jones Arena. “They understand that football has an opportunity to show its beauty. They understand that this institution and this community has an opportunity to show its beauty through this tragedy.”
Coastal Carolina head football coach Jamey Chadwell said he fully supports UVA’s decision to cancel the game.
“Our program will continue to uplift their program, University, and community in our prayers as they continue to navigate this difficult time,” Chadwell said. “We all stand in solidarity with UVA.”
Ticket refund information for the Coastal Carolina game will be issued at a later time. See VirginiaSports.com for more information.
A memorial decal that honors Chandler, Davis and Perry will been seen on the helmets of various Virginia-based college football programs as they play their games this weekend.