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Sports have always been bigger than just wins and losses. They play a prominent role in our lives and are deeply interwoven into the very fabric of our society. Countless sociocultural issues are inextricably linked to sports, but they don’t always get the attention they deserve. Over the course of three years writing for The Cavalier Daily’s sports section, I’ve learned firsthand that it's the responsibility of sports journalists to go beyond the box score and shed light on the lesser-known stories within the sports world.
Since the start of this unique season, Virginia men’s basketball has had to rely on several new faces to play major roles. In fact, three of the Cavaliers’ top five players in total minutes played are newcomers to the team. One of these newcomers is senior forward Sam Hauser, who has quickly become the team’s go-to scoring option and leader on offense. As Virginia prepares to play in its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament, despite a surprise positive coronavirus test among one of the players, Hauser’s performance will be key to a deep run.
Virginia Athletics generated $110,283,933 in total operating revenues during the 2019-20 fiscal year, according to the department’s annual financial report — obtained by The Cavalier Daily through a Freedom of Information Act request. Virginia’s revenues last year, which increased by 0.06 percent from 2018-19, mark an all-time high for the University.
The Virginia women’s basketball team has decided to not complete the remainder of the 2020-21 season, Virginia Athletics announced today. Virginia made the decision due to health and safety concerns within the program related to both COVID-19 and injuries.
The physical and mental toll that college sports take on student-athletes is well-documented. As athletes face grueling schedules both on- and off-the-field, their health is often challenged. In response to this high-priority issue, Virginia Athletics has invested substantial resources into multiple health-related departments — Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Nutrition and Sports Psychology.
Under Coach Bronco Mendenhall, three different players have possessed the title of Virginia football’s first-choice starting quarterback — Kurt Benkert in 2016 and 2017, Bryce Perkins in 2018 and 2019 and Brennan Armstrong this year. Now that Armstrong has completed his first full season as Virginia’s starter, let’s see how his 2020 performance — in terms of both team success and individual production — stacks up to Benkert and Perkins’ first seasons at the helm.
Over the last 125 years, Virginia and Virginia Tech — schools separated by less than 150 miles — have faced each other on the football field 101 times. The in-state rivalry has been full of dramatic games, thrilling storylines and plenty of animosity on both sides.
Historically one of the most successful Division I programs in the country, Virginia Athletics undoubtedly has a large following of fans. As Virginia’s popularity continues to grow and social media becomes increasingly common, countless social media fan pages about Virginia sports have popped up. Of these, Wahoops — which has amassed over 26,000 followers on Instagram alone — stands at the top.
Virginia swimming and diving finished a three-day double dual meet Saturday against Tennessee and Alabama. The meet was held at the Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. and marked the Cavaliers’ last intercollegiate competition of the fall.
Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving enter the fall season with high expectations. According to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America’s Division I preseason poll, the Virginia women are the top-ranked team in the country while the men are ranked 13th nationally. The Cavaliers delivered on those expectations in their first dual meet of the fall Saturday with a sweep of Navy at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md.
While college football is beloved by millions of fans, the sport isn’t just a source of entertainment. For many stakeholders, college football is essential for their livelihoods. Beyond college football’s financial importance to most athletics departments, the lucrative sport is also a major economic driver for college towns across the country. Charlottesville is no exception.
Watersports draw millions of participants and spectators across the world. One of the most popular sports in the category is wakeboarding — a relatively young sport that has quickly amassed a large global following.
After administering 1,012 COVID-19 tests in the last week, 12 student-athletes and staff tested positive, Virginia Athletics announced Monday. With the new round of positive cases, the number of positive COVID-19 test results reported in the last three weeks is 56 and the total number of positives reported since student-athletes began their return to Grounds July 5 is 76.
Operating a high-level college athletics department isn’t cheap. According to Virginia Athletics’ most recent annual financial report filed to the NCAA, the department’s operating expenses totaled $112.6 million during the 2018-2019 reporting year. To cover these costs, Virginia relies in part on contributions, which added up to $26.9 million in fiscal year 2019 and is the department’s largest revenue stream.
After conducting 703 COVID-19 tests over the last seven days, 22 Virginia student-athletes and athletics staff members tested positive for the virus, Virginia Athletics announced Monday. The positivity rate for these tests was 3.1 percent.
Virginia’s first game of the 2020 football season — scheduled Sept. 19 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg — has been postponed. A new date has not been set yet, but both schools will work with the ACC to reschedule the game for later in the season.
Since the last testing update Sept. 4, there have been five new positive COVID-19 tests among student-athletes, Virginia Athletics announced Friday. Four of the five new cases involved athletes who recently returned to Grounds and none have required hospitalization thus far.
Five Virginia student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 after the sixth round of testing was completed, Virginia Athletics announced Friday. All five athletes were individuals who recently returned to Grounds.
Four members of the Virginia football team have decided to opt out of the 2020 fall football season, Coach Bronco Mendenhall confirmed Thursday morning. The four Cavaliers are redshirt freshman wide receiver Dorien Goddard, sophomore running back Mike Hollins, sophomore defensive back Tenyeh Dixon and junior defensive tackle Aaron Faumui.
After announcing modified plans for the 2020 football season last week, the ACC released updated schedules today for every program in the conference, including Virginia.