The game was tentatively postponed to November 14 when both schools had an open date, but Louisville indefinitely paused all football activity. Cardinal coach Steve Satterfield considered postponing his team’s game against the Hokies, which Virginia Tech won 42:35 on Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.
“We just went through last weekend and went on the defensive last week with five, really four fellows,” Tyra said Wednesday evening during a video call with reporters. “I think we were trying to figure out the best way to get around this. Other teams in the leagues had to do that.
“Our coaching staff was already on this path, and with more positive results in the same area of defense today, that stressed us a little, and I think that the other linemen and the fact that you get them, Are concerned in the training room, that’s a clear concern. “
Virginia Coach Bronco Mendenhall had no immediate comment.
The postponement meant one more virus-related delay for the Cavaliers, who canceled season openings against Georgia and the Virginia Military Institute and pushed back another against Virginia Tech.
The reigning ACC Coastal Division champions were originally scheduled to face Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in a nationally televised prime-time showdown on Sept. 7. The uncertainty surrounding the pandemic resulted in this game being scrapped.
With the ACC moving to 10 conference games and a non-conference opponent for each school to save the season, the Cavaliers added VMI for the 9/11 kick off. That game was canceled when the Southern Conference decided not to play fall sports.
Virginia Tech was next on the program on September 19, which would have been the first time since 1970 that the state’s rivals would have met at a season opener. A spike in positive tests in the Hokies’ dressing room brought the game to December 12th.
A game in Clemson on October 3 temporarily became Virginia’s next scheduled prelude until the ACC moved a scheduled meeting with Duke to September 26.
The Cavaliers’ start against the Blue Devils, a 38:20 win, was scheduled for November 14th.
The Virginia-Louisville shift is the latest example of the pandemic affecting the planning of one of the Power Five conferences.
Virginia Tech, for example, was slated to open the season against the state of North Carolina on September 12th until the wolf pack reported a surge in cases across its sports department and halted all football-related activity. The game has been postponed to September 26th.
The opening date this weekend gives the Cavaliers extra time to prepare after an injury fear against quarterback Brennan Armstrong. The second player left the 44:41 win against then No. 15 North Carolina at the end of the fourth quarter after a blow to his left leg.
Armstrong hobbled off the field at Scott Stadium with the help of sports training and did not reenter. Keytaon Thompson and Lindell Stone ran out of time together finishing Virginia’s four-game slide, the longest regular season in four years.
Mendenhall announced Tuesday afternoon that Armstrong, who scored four touchdowns against North Carolina, was on track to start against Louisville.
“With Virginia and we both having a goodbye week on November 14th, we’re lucky enough to postpone the game until that date,” said Tyra. “It also gives us the opportunity to measure the further spread of the virus. Friday and Sunday test results will determine whether we will return to team activities. “