“The Board’s decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future. We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise.”
Virginia Tech’s athletic department released a brief statement Wednesday, but declined to make athletic director Whit Babcock or head football coach Justin Fuente available to answer questions. Babcock has declined multiple requests to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 on the athletic department and the upcoming fall season going back to a brief virtual press conference in early April.
“We support the ACC’s decision to proceed with a planned 10+1 model for the 2020 football season, as well as the plan for other fall sports,” the statement said. “We will continue to follow standards established by the State of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Montgomery County public health officials as we continue our preparations.”
Virginia Tech is now scheduled to play home games against Boston College, Clemson, Miami, N.C. State and Virginia and road games against Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. The Hokies’ original 2020 conference schedule included Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech at Lane Stadium, which has been eliminated. The N.C. State and Clemson games are new.