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A group of former Virginia football coaches are joining together to honor the lives of three Cavaliers who lost their lives earlier this week. To do so, they will trade-in their current team gear for some from their past.
On late Sunday night, Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry were shot and killed on Virginia’s campus. A fourth player, Mike Hollins Jr., survived being shot after returning to the scene of the crime in a valiant effort to save lives.
In the days since, an outpouring of love has surrounded the Charlottesville community. A powerful vigil was held in the players’ honor and multiple programs around the country are standing in solidarity with Virginia through various tributes.
Among those hurting from the tragedy are former Cavaliers coaches who have since moved on to other programs. Many of them worked closely with Davis, Chandler and Perry during their time with the program.
10 different coaches across the country will wear Virginia gear on the sideline of their games this weekend. They are not coaching for the Hoos, nor playing against them.
They will dress as if they were coaching Virginia while coaching on the sideline for their current programs.
Mark Atuaia made the emotional announcement. He is currently the running backs coach at Washington State and spent the last six seasons at Virginia.
- Robert Anae, Syracuse — UVA 2016-2021
- Jason Beck, Syracuse — UVA 2016-2021
- Nick Howell, Vanderbilt — UVA 2016-2021
- Shane Hunter, Utah Tech — UVA 2019-2021
- Kelly Poppinga, Boise State — UVA 2016-2021
- Ricky Brumfield, Florida International — UVA 2018-2021
- Vic So’oto, California-Berkeley — UVA 2017-2019
- Dwayne Chandler, SMU — UVA 2018-2021
- Shawn Griswold, SMU — UVA 2018-2021
This is a really unique way of paying tribute. Virginia will be represented by former coaches on sidelines across the country this weekend. No matter who is playing.