Tony Elliott 100 Days From Second Season Kickoff At Virginia

Virginia coach Tony Elliott
Virginia football coach Tony Elliott will open his second season with a game against Tennessee. ~ Photo By Kris Wright/

As Virginia fans prepare for Memorial Day weekend and postseason opportunities for spring sports, Thursday also represents 100 days until kickoff for the football team. UVA opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Nashville against Tennessee.

With a marquee opponent in the season opener, the first game against James Madison in 40 years, and old rival Maryland on tap as well, the schedule offers plenty of interesting storylines at the start of the 2023 season. Virginia football fans don’t seem to be counting down those 100 days, though.

Whether it’s apathy, Vegas win predictions, silent optimism that fears being trampled, unfamiliarity with new names stepping into potentially key roles, lack of faith in the current coaching staff, the still shifting college sports landscape with NIL and no-sit transfers, general uncertainty, or something else, there is clearly no sense of urgency to jump into the season yet. All of which says nothing about the off-the-field conclusion to the 2022 season when a tragic shooting took the lives of three players Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry.

For the on-field portion, the concerns have some warranted roots.