UNDATED (AP) — There is no playbook to educate on how athletic departments should respond to the tragic death of one of their athletes. But those who have lived through the trauma say the increased emphasis on mental health care in athletic departments and universities generally — spurred in part by the pandemic — helps when a crisis strikes. Tragedy struck the University of Virginia earlier this week. Three members of the football team were shot and killed while on a bus returning to the Charlottesville campus from a school trip to Washington.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A prosecutor says a witness told police the University of Virginia student is suspected of opening fire on other students as they bused back from a school field trip targeting specific victims. The prosecutor gave a brief account of what police believe happened Sunday night during the suspect’s first court appearance on Wednesday. Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was ordered to be held without bond. His attorney has not addressed the substance of the allegations against him. The school also announced Wednesday that it was canceling the final home game of the season scheduled for the weekend against Coastal Carolina. Sunday night’s violence left three football players dead and one player and another student injured.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Trey Wertz had 20 points, Nate Laszewski added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Notre Dame beat Southern Indiana 82-70. Laszewski hit a 3-pointer 17 seconds into the game, and Notre Dame (3-0) led the rest of the game. Dane Goodwin’s layup made it 19-9 with 11:41 left in the first half and Wertz hit a pair of 3-pointers off three free throws by Cormac Ryan in a 9-0 spurt that made it 28-11 about 3 minutes later. Trevor Lakes hit five 3-pointers and hit 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting for Southern Indiana. Jacob Polakovich went 7-of-10 from the field and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Gary Solomon added 11 points and five assists.
UNDATED (AP) — Surprising Duke and Pittsburgh will play to improve bowl placement when they meet on Saturday. The Blue Devils are tied for #3 in the ACC with seven wins #20 Florida State and #20 North Carolina State. They will have to find a new formula against the Panthers, who have won 10 of their last 11 meetings. A busy weekend also sees Syracuse and Wake Forest meet in a meeting of faltering teams, Boston College playing at 18 Notre Dame and Virginia Tech at the Liberty.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia canceled its home football game against #23 Coastal Carolina on Saturday following a campus shooting that left three players dead and another injured. The school says it has not determined whether the Cavaliers will play their traditional final regular season game at Virginia Tech on Nov. 26. Former player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. is accused of opening fire on a bus returning from a school trip Sunday night, killing Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. A fourth player, Mike Hollins, was seriously injured.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The three University of Virginia football players who were killed are remembered as funny, sweet, and ambitious. Lavel Davis Jr., aspired to be the best wide receiver in the country and play in the NFL. The 6-foot-7 sports star was known for being ambitious and sought out friendships with students who weren’t athletes like him. D’Sean Perry had transitioned seamlessly from linebacker to defensive back. He was also an amazing studio artist who loved to cook. Devin Chandler transferred from Wisconsin, where the wide receiver returned a total of four kicks for 85 yards. He was known for his sense of humor and for lifting people up. Authorities say all three men were killed on Sunday by a fellow student and former football player.
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Madison Hayes and Jada Boyd each scored 15 points as No. 10 North Carolina State defeated Charlotte 96-48 Wednesday night. Hayes’ point total was her career high and the junior guard achieved it by making six of her seven shots, including three 3-pointers. She and Boyd also each had six rebounds for the Wolfpack (4-0). Jakia Brown-Turner had 13 points, Diamond Johnson had 11 and River Baldwin added 10 for NC State. Dazia Lawrence led Charlotte (2-1) with 18 points, while Jada McMillian had 15 points and six rebounds.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Sonia Citron had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Olivia Miles added 21 points before being sacked, and No. 9 Notre Dame beat Northwestern 92-58. Lauren Ebo finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Dara Mabrey broke a tie with her sister for career-high 3-pointers in an otherwise tough game and the Irishman grabbed an easy win. They led by 17 at halftime after things took a turn for the worse late in the second quarter. Notre Dame’s Natalija Marshall and Northwestern’s Paige Mott were tied up and had a chat. Caileigh Walsh, Courtney Shaw and Jasmine McWilliams of the Wildcats were ejected for leaving the bench. Miles also got involved and picked up a technician. She was called for another near the end of the third.
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