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Tony Elliott's leadership a bright spot during a dark time at UVA

November 18, 2022

Coaches in general and football coaches in particular have an obsession about being prepared for every possibility.

Controlling the controllables, they call it.

But how do you prepare for the unthinkable, a situation so unexpected and traumatic that it never comes to mind until it actually happens?

There is no playbook to help Virginia coach Tony Elliott deal with the tragedy that took the lives of 3 team members on Sunday. No chart to tell him when to go for 2 or specific protocol for how long to keep a player out of action after suffering a concussion.

Everything he has done since the shooting deaths of Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry has been by the seat of his pants.

And he’s done it solely out of concern for the well-being of his surviving players.

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