As protests intensify, college teams and coaches across the Commonwealth add to the conversation

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In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, and the protests that followed across the country, prominent college coaches from across the Commonwealth chose to speak up and add to the conversation.

Virginia Tech football released a collective statement on Sunday after holding a team meeting virtually on Zoom to “discuss the pain that hate, racism and violence continue to cause in our nation.”

Hokies men’s basketball coach Mike Young released a statement on Monday afternoon, echoing the sentiment that the football coach conveyed over the weekend.

Both University of Virginia coaches Bronco Mendenhall (football) and Tony Bennett (men’s basketball) wrote about the events happening across the country and how their respective teams have a responsibility to drive positive change.

Newly-hired James Madison men’s basketball head coach and Salem-native Mark Byington provided his take on the protests.

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