Virginia and BYU announced today that the football series between the two teams would be postponed. Originally, BYU was scheduled to travel to Charlottesville in 2019, and Virginia would make the return trip to Provo in 2023. Now, the 2019 game has been moved to 2021 and will take place in Provo, while the 2023 game will be in Charlottesville instead.
The schools also added another game to the 2025 -- 2025! -- schedule in Provo.
The originally-scheduled 2019 and 2023 trips were added in 2013, prior to the 2013 and 2014 games between the two schools. Virginia had won the 2013 contest in Scott Stadium, 19-16, while the Cougars took the Provo game, 41-33.
In his final press conference at BYU, now-Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall said, "I have feelings for the [BYU] players and this [BYU] program - they're not going away. They're not going away in four years. I would just assume that game would be moved back to when I'm done coaching whenever that would be. I don't want to play BYU and I don't know how I'd handle it. If it's up to me, I don't want that to happen because this is the place that shaped and had such an influence on my life that I don't see how that could happen and I hope it doesn't."
The change pushes the meeting between the two schools from Mendenhall's fourth year at Virginia to his sixth year, which would give at least enough time for all of his players -- whether coached or recruited -- to graduate or otherwise leave the program.