“Certainly feel for our players, our fans, UVA’s players and fans as well,” said Babcock. “The uncertainty that these 18 and 22-year-olds are having to deal with is not fair and I feel for them, but that was the right decision to make.”
Both schools have online dashboards that update the date for the entire student body and staff. Going into Friday, Virginia’s site reported 94 new positive tests among students and staff since Monday, bringing the school’s to-date total to 321.
Virginia Tech’s site listed 130 new positive tests among students and staff since Monday, bumping its to-date total to 633.
In its athletics testing, Virginia has tested 768 athletes over its 27 teams and has had 14 positives, including no new cases in the football program since July 24. (The program caught three positive cases when players initially returned to campus.)
Virginia Tech has refused to release testing results for its athletic department, citing FERPA, a federal privacy law.
Of course, UVA students didn’t begin their on-campus move-ins until Sept. 4, while Tech’s started in late-August.
UVA originally had VMI as its season opener Sept. 11, but the Keydets canceled all their fall sports. The Cavaliers replaced them on the schedule with a Nov. 21 home game against Abilene Christian.