CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tony Elliott, the University of Virginia football coach, Cara Williams the Enter as an athletic director the Tuesday news conference 15 minutes late. As they sat at the front, both looked tired and their eyes were filled with tears. of two microphones.
They were late as they had just left. the Mike Hollins Jr. was admitted to the hospital. a Virginia, running back, was still recovering from gunshot wounds.
“It feels like a nightmare, honestly,” Elliott stated, “and I’m ready for somebody to pinch me and wake me up.”
“You prepare for the job; there’s no chapter on the situation like this,” He concluded. “And so I’m just trying to figure out, step by step, how to be strong for these young men.”
On Sunday night, three third-year players on Virginia’s football team — Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry — were shot and killed while returning from a Class trip. Mr. Hollins, and another student, were both injured. Christopher Darnell Jones was charged by police. a In 2018, walk-on players the shootings.
University On Monday, officials stated that Jones was the one who drew their attention during a hazing investigation. Another student had claimed that Jones had commented on his previous comments that he had a gun — a Officials stated that this comment was not made as a threat. None of the people whom officials spoke with, including Mr. Jones’s roommate, said they had seen him with a Officials said that gun was used.
However, officials are conducting an investigation the claimed that Jones was convicted of the crime in 2021 of a Missed offense – concealed weapons violation in another Virginia state county. Had not told the About university the conviction which he was required. Official remarks have been ambiguous about the case. Brian Coy will be appearing on Monday a Spokesman for university, stated that Oct. 27th was the last day of classes. the department of student affairs had referred the Case to the Students-run judiciary board, where Mr. Jones could have been sanctioned. “failure to report” the conviction.
However, on Tuesday Mr. Coy indicated that officials found out after looking into the matter. the Case had never been actually referred to the judiciary council — a This is a very simple step that could easily be done electronically.
“The person who was responsible for doing that was certain that he had,” Mr. Coy stated. “I’m not sure if it was a human or a technical thing.”
There are many other unanswered issues. There are many other unanswered questions. the Tuesday news conference, Ms. Williams said that she didn’t have any details on whether the Hazing was related to the football team. In Any case, Mr. Jones’s time on the team didn’t overlap with that of any of the victims.
This season is Mr. Elliott’s first as a After spending 11 years as an assistant coach, he is now the head coach at Clemson. Clemson. at Clemson, Two of His former players, C.J., died. Fuller, who was killed from a blood clot during a Tyshon Dye, who drowned in, was a medical procedure a lake.
“But this situation here is different,” Elliott explained that this was because they were three active players who had died.
Mr. Elliott has never coached Mr. Jones. No one on his coaching staff has done so. Even former coaches can’t remember if they ever coached Mr. Jones. Coach Bronco Mendenhall, who was a coach from 2015-2021, resigned last season.
“That’s the crazy thing,” said Ricky Brumfield, Virginia’s special teams coordinator from 2018 to 2021. “When they first came out and said the shooter was Chris Jones, and he was a football player and played in 2018, I was like, ‘Who’s that?’ And I had to hit up a couple of other coaches, and they really didn’t remember him that much either.”
Mr. Brumfield claimed that he had obtained the information from the There are other coaches that offer similar services. at some point, Mr. Jones had been injured and hadn’t finished the season, so he never became a Players that are familiar to players from different position groups.
Coordinators of special teams often work with multiple players. the Because any player can play on kickoffs or punts or field goals, it’s a team effort. Typically, players who aren’t talented enough to play on offense or defense find at Minimum a Temporary home for special teams Despite this, Jones has never been a member of special teams. of His injuries were not unusual but they were still serious, Mr. Brumfield stated.
Mr. Jones was a great guy. of An afterthought for Mr. Brumfield, when he saw the News of the shooting. Instead, he rushed to call Mike Hollins’s mother. Mr. Brumfield remembers sitting in Brenda Hollins’s home in Baton Rouge, La., in 2018 and telling her and the Rest of the He would have a different family than he has. “father figure” For Mr. Hollins at Virginia.
“That’s what really hurt me,” “Sir, Brumfield! the Special teams coordinator at Florida International University. “Because of all of the things I told her that I wanted for him.”
Mr. Elliott wept on Tuesday as he described the Players who were killed by an opponent should stop and smile. at He described them many times. He stated that Mr. Chandler was his. “the life of the party,” Mr. Davis was “set the standard for what it’s supposed to look like to work in the way that he practiced” Perry, and that he had been “the quiet guy that everybody wanted to know more about.”
Saturday’s football game between Virginia and Coastal Carolina was still scheduled, but in the news conference. Ms. Williams and Mr. Elliott suggested that things could change. a Meeting with the Football players. “We’ll use our best judgment,” She said. “We’ll make a decision soon.”
The men’s basketball team postponed its game against Northern Iowa on Monday night, and Ms. Williams said all other athletic events would go on as scheduled. The university cancelled classes on Monday and Wednesday, but said that they would resume on Wednesday.
“This is something that nobody is prepared to deal with until you’re inside of it,” Elliott stated. “For me, the focus is not past today. I’m just trying to figure out a way to get everybody back together this evening so that we can see them again and spend some time, and then in due time we’ll collaborate on the path going forward in terms of on-the-field play.”
Campbell Robertson Contributed reporting Kirsten Noyes, Susan C. Beachy, Kitty Bennett Alain Delaquérière Contributed research