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In the wake of the shooting that killed three football players on Sunday, the University of Virginia remains undecided as to whether it will continue its football season.
“It will be a discussion with Coach and the team,” athletic director Carla Williams said Tuesday during a press conference alongside head coach Tony Elliott. “Obviously they’re going through a lot, and we want to make sure they’re involved as well. We’ll use our best judgment, but it will be soon. We’ll make a decision soon.”
The Cavaliers are currently scheduled to face Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
Linebacker D’Sean Perry and wide receivers Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis Jr. were shot and killed on a charter bus after getting back to campus from a class field trip to Washington, D.C. Running back Mike Hollins was shot and remains in critical condition after undergoing a second surgery on Tuesday morning. Elliott had spent the day at the hospital but could not provide an update on Hollins’ status, however, WBRZ reported family said Hollins had been upgraded to stable condition and was “doing great” following surgery Tuesday.
The Cavaliers didn’t practice on Monday or Tuesday. Elliott said he met with the team both days, first to grieve together and then to celebrate the lives of the players they lost.
“The first meeting was really, really tough. Really, really, really tough,” Elliott said. “Today was much better. We were able to transition from the pain to finding a little bit of joy and celebrating the lives of Lavel, D’Sean and Devin.”
Virginia is 3-7 and has lost its last three games. The team is scheduled to finish its season on Nov. 26 against Virginia Tech, with Hokies head coach Brent Pry noting that the rival school is planning a tribute to the players who were lost over the next two weeks.
Elliott said his primary focus is on his players, and he is open to taking all of them to their teammates’ funerals, though arrangements have not been made yet.
“My initial thoughts are to be sensitive of whatever the young men desire to do as it relates to their teammates. … Not only is this community impacted, but I think about the community in North Carolina, the community in Florida, and the community in South Carolina that are impacted by this tragic event,” Elliott said.
Virginia’s other sports teams will resume their normally scheduled games starting on Wednesday.
Source : Bleacher Report