Virginia football finds support and solidarity from ACC, a broader sports community – The Cavalier Daily

The ACC announced Wednesday how it will show solidarity with Virginia’s football program following Sunday night’s shooting that killed Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler. All three were members of the Virginia football team. Two other students, including junior running back Mike Hollins and , were also injured in the shooting.

“As I said before, the ACC is family and we are all heartbroken,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, teammates and classmates of Devin, Lavel and D’Sean, and to the entire University of Virginia community.”

The ACC has provided specially designed helmet decals to be worn by all of its football teams in their competitions this weekend. There will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all ACC home games this weekend. There were also moments of silence at other ACC sports competitions throughout the week. In addition, the ACC has distributed graphics that include the phrase “U.Va. Strong” for its members to use on social media, video boards or on-field displays.

During the conference, various coaches expressed support and sympathy for Virginia’s football program and coach Tony Elliott. Among them were Syracuse offensive coordinator Robert Anae and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck, who served in the same roles at Virginia from 2016-2021.

“I have deep sorrow for the families and am unspeakably saddened since I found out,” Anae said. “I have an incredible love for the outstanding young men that they were.”

Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry also offered his condolences to the program.

“This is a reminder to me and all of us that life is precious and a challenge to love one another more,” Pry said. “Football is something we all care about. A brotherhood is formed. We are a family and when one of us is hurt it hurts all of us.”

Pry remembered the year 2007 shoot that happened at Virginia Tech and the manner in which Virginia extended its support in the face of this tragedy.

“U Va was there for us in 2007 and we are here for her now,” Pry said. “It’s bigger than football.”

Virginia Tech’s men’s and women’s basketball teams wore special warm-up shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Hokies for Hoos” before their games this week.

Former head coach Bronco Mendenhall traveled to Charlottesville this week to mourn the loss of three people he coached or recruited during his tenure as Virginia head coach. Mendenhall tries to show support for their families and find solace in those he surrounded himself with during his time in Virginia.

“I just feel like I have to see her eventually,” Mendenhall said. “I hope just by hugging — I don’t even know what’s going to be of value other than just connecting and letting them know their sons were loved.”

Reactions to Sunday’s shooting reached beyond the ACC and the NCAA into the broader sports world. Virginia football alumni like Thomas Jones and Chris Lang took to social media to express their sympathy, as well as current professional athletes, including Lebron James and Patrick Mahomes.

Virginia’s Athletics announced on Wednesday that their scheduled soccer game against Coastal Carolina will take place this Saturday cancelled. Instead, a memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the John Paul Jones Arena, with the gates opening at 2:00 p.m. There is excess seating available at Klöckner Stadium and Old Cabell Hall. The memorial service will be broadcast on the ACC Network and at on-linewhile a live stream will be broadcast at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church.

A decision has not yet been made regarding the Virginia Football final game against Virginia Tech, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 26th.


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