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Virginia, Virginia Tech announce "Commonwealth Clash"

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Considering the amount of room Joe Harris has here...he probably made this shot.
Considering the amount of room Joe Harris has here...he probably made this shot.
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Virginia and Virginia Tech announced a new "all-sports" rivalry competition between the Hoos and the Hokies, the Commonwealth Clash.  UVA and VT will earn points for wins in matchups throughout the season, and the winner will take home bragging rights...and apparently a sweet trophy too.

This is essentially a rebranded and reworked resurrection of the Commonwealth Challenge, which ran during the 05-06 and 06-07 seasons, before it was discontinued.  (UVA won those competitions,14.5-7.5 and 14-8).

In the Commonwealth Clash, a total of 22 points will be up for grabs. One will be awarded for the winner of each of 21 sports, and one decided in a "fan vote."

The resumption of an all-sports competition with the Hokies is a good thing for UVA fans, mainly because the Hoos have a decided advantage in this one.  Even giving VT the fan vote, UVA would have won last year's version by 3 points.  (And I'd guess the Hokies will probably end up taking that "fan vote" point, mainly because their student body, and thus alumni base, is about twice the size of UVA's.  On the other hand, Tech hasn't shown much interest in sports that aren't football, so we'll see).

Here's how the 2013-2014 version would have looked (and how each sport's point is awarded).:

Sport Method 2013-2014 Result 2013-2014 Points
Baseball Series Winner UVA Sweep UVA +1
Basketball (M) 1/2 for each game UVA Sweep UVA +1
Basketball (W) 1/2 for each game UVA Sweep UVA +1
Cross Country (M) Higher ACC Champ finish UVA Higher Finish UVA +1
Cross Country (W) Higher ACC Champ finish UVA Higher Finish UVA +1
Football 1 point to winner VT Win VT +1
Golf (M) Higher ACC Champ finish VT Higher Finish VT +1
Indoor T&F (M) Higher ACC Champ finish VT Higher Finish VT +1
Indoor T&F (W) Higher ACC Champ finish VT Higher Finish VT +1
Lacrosse (W) 1 point to winner UVA Win UVA +1
Outdoor T&F (M) Higher ACC Champ finish VT Higher Finish VT +1
Outdoor T&F (W) Higher ACC Champ finish VT Higher Finish VT +1
Soccer (M) 1 point to winner Tie UVA +.5, VT +.5
Soccer (W) 1 point to winner UVA Win UVA +1
Softball Series Winner VT Win VT +1
Swimming & Diving (M) Higher ACC Champ finish VT Higher Finish VT +1
Swimming & Diving (W) Higher ACC Champ finish UVA Higher Finish UVA +1
Tennis (M) 1 point to winner UVA Win UVA +1
Tennis (W) 1 point to winner UVA Win UVA +1
Volleyball 1/2 for each game UVA Sweep UVA +1
Wrestling 1 point to winner UVA Win UVA +1
Fan Vote Fan Vote ?? ??
Total: UVA wins 12.5-8.5

Full details on the rules of the Commonwealth Clash, as well as a "live tracker" (and eventually fan voting) can be found at http://thecommonwealthclash.com/