Virginia Tech’s statewide bowl sequence ends

Virginia Tech’s bowl series ends after 27 years.

Hokie’s head coach Justin Fuente told reporters on Wednesday that his players had decided not to play a bowl game this season, ending a streak of 27 consecutive seasons in a postseason game for the program. The streak, which dates back to the 1993 season, was the longest in the country.

“Our players have decided not to play and I will support them 100 percent,” Fuente said, according to Rivals.com. “We wanted to do it all together or not. It became clear that this was a very difficult situation. “

Fuente said his players wanted the chance to go home for Christmas instead of continuing the season. The Hokies have been hit hard by COVID-19 throughout the season.

During a news conference Tuesday, Virginia Tech sports director Whit Babcock said that “well over half” of the team’s soccer players have had the virus since the team met in March. Eight of the ten full-time assistant coaches in the program have also contracted the virus, Babcock said.

The Hokies ended their season on a 5-6 record by beating rivals Virginia last weekend. Virginia Tech has set a loss record in two of its last three seasons, but Babcock confirmed on Tuesday that Fuente will return to its sixth season in 2021.

Virginia Tech, the fifth ACC program to announce there will be no bowl game, is joining Boston College, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Virginia. Stanford also said it will end its season without playing in a bowl game.

Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente leads his team onto the field prior to an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC on Saturday, October 10, 2020. (AP Photo / Gerry Broome)

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