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Virginia withdraws from Bowl game; 2021 Fenway Bowl canceled

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Virginia Cavaliers have withdrawn from the upcoming Wasabi Fenway Bowl. The Cavaliers were scheduled to play the SMU Mustangs in the game.

As a result, the game will not be played. The game was scheduled to be played on Wednesday at 11 am.

Brennan Armstrong signals to his teammates during a practice as the team prepared for the Fenway Bowl (Photo by Virginia Football/Facebook)


“We are extremely disappointed the team will not be able to participate in the inaugural Fenway Bowl,” Virginia Athletics Director Carla Williams said. “Playing this game was something our team very much looked forward to and it is unfortunate Coach Mendenhall will not have one last opportunity to coach this group.”

This was scheduled to be the final game of Bronco Mendenhall leading the Cavaliers. Virginia is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in their program. 

Tony Elliott will now officially take over the program. Mendenhall may wait until the 2022-23 season to re-enter into the coaching cycle.

He said that he wanted to take some time off to spend it with his family. 

The 6-6 Cavaliers and the 8-4 Mustangs will have to wait until the 2022 season to return to the field. 

Like the Cavaliers, the Mustangs will have a new leader for the 2022 season. Rhett Lashlee is the team’s new head coach. 

Lashlee took over the reins of the team from Sonny Dykes, who departed to take over the TCU Horned Frogs.

The Fenway Bowl will have to wait until the 2022 season to make its debut. The Bowl game has been canceled the last two seasons due to COVID-19 concerns. 

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“We want to thank the Fenway Bowl and its staff for their preparation to host the game and for their communication with us over the past few days,” Williams said. “We appreciate all of the hard work by our team and coaching staff. They earned this bowl invitation, and, unfortunately, they will not be able to compete in the game to complete the season. We regret how this also impacts our fans who were planning on attending the game as well as the SMU program and its fans.”

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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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