CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Almost everyone is upset with the lasting impact of COVID-19, but on Sunday, University of Virginia (UVA) fans were especially disappointed after the announcement of the team withdrawing from the Wasabi Fenway Bowl in Boston.
It was their last chance to see Coach Bronco Mendenhall out on the field after six seasons with the Cavaliers.
“Seeing Coach play his last game, seeing some of the other coaches out there, seeing Brendan Armstrong sling it down the field a couple more times for the year,” said UVA fan Eric Maschal as he remembered hearing the news from his son on Sunday, Dec. 26. “He had called me and said, ‘My gosh, the game has been canceled because of COVID. All the players are sick.’ I said, ‘Aw man, that’s just terrible.'”
“We appreciate all of the hard work by our team and coaching staff. They earned this bowl invitation, and it is unfortunate they will not be able to compete in the game to complete the season,” UVA Athletics Director Carla Williams said in a statement. “We regret how this also impacts our fans who were planning on attending the game as well as the SMU program and its fans.”
Maschal adds that he’s looking forward to hopefully seeing a good season for the UVA basketball team and seeing what Tony Elliot, UVA’s new head football coach, will bring to the table next year.
Fans say hopefully things will look better for the Wasabi Fenway Bowl of 2022.