Dec 31, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Teammates celebrate with Virginia Tech Hokies place kicker Brian Johnson (93) after a 54 yard field goal during the first quarter of the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Johnson was wearing a special (25) jersey number in honor of Frank Beamer. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

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Virginia Tech opener vs. Virginia postponed

Virginia Tech’s season-opening game has been postponed for the second time due to “COVID-19 issues,” the school announced on Saturday.

Their game against Virginia was set for Sept. 19, but will be moved to a later date.

“The safety, as well as the physical and mental well-being of these young men and women entrusted to our care by their families remains our top priority,” athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement released by the school. “While we share the disappointment of everyone who hoped to begin the football season against our in-state rival, we remain optimistic that a full ACC football schedule can be played thanks to the flexibility the present format permits. Despite this delay, our schedule still aligns closely with the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 football timelines.”

The Hokies had their original season opener against North Carolina State postponed, moved from Sept. 12 to Sept. 26, because of positive COVID-19 tests among NC State athletes in late August.

That move came two days after NC State reported it suspended all athletic-related activities because of 27 positive tests within the athletic department. Not all of those who tested positive were athletes.

The Wolfpack will open the 2020 season on Sept. 19 against Wake Forest at home, then travel to Blacksburg, Va., the following week.

Virginia’s season opener is now set for Oct. 3 at Clemson.

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