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UVA cancels football game with Coastal Carolina after tragedy

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Virginia Cavaliers have canceled their final home game of the season. The decision was made on Wednesday morning.

The football team is dealing with a tragedy. Three members of the football team were killed on Sunday night.

Tony Elliott speaks to his team after the loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

As students were returning from a field trip, former Cavaliers football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. shot and killed three current members of the team. Two other students were shot.

The students killed were D’Sean Perry, Lavel Davis Jr., and Devin Chandler.

One of the students was in critical condition, as of Monday. A fifth student was in good condition.

Mike Hollins, who is also a member of the football team, survived the shooting. He had his second surgery on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Director of Athletics Carla Williams said the decision was going to be a joint decision on whether they play. The Cavaliers were scheduled to host the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.

Now that game will not be played.

“We’ll make it together,” Williams said. “It will be a discussion with Coach and the team. Honestly, they’re going through a lot. We want to make sure they’re involved as well. We’ll use our best judgment. But it’ll be soon. We’ll make a decision soon.”

With the cancellation of the Coastal Carolina game, there will be one game left in the regular season. That game is Thanksgiving weekend against their rivals, the Virginia Tech Hokies.

The decision to play the game against the Hokies will be made at a later date. The Hokies have changed their avatars to support the Cavaliers in this tragedy.

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The Cavaliers season has no possibility of playing in a Bowl game. The team is 3-7 under first-year head coach Tony Elliott.

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Anthony Caruso III
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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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