UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.
The 57-year-old Hall of Famer who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks for 15 seasons announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior is the most versatile player on the 15th-ranked Hokies and has averaged 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists during his career. He has been removed from the Hokies' online roster, which the school says is standard procedure amid an indefinite suspension.
Although the Hokies are fresh off of a home loss versus Georgia Tech, they will look to get back on track against No. 23 Boston College. The two teams have met 26 other times with the Hokies leading the all-time series 18-8.
No. 22 Syracuse and No. 23 Virginia broke long runs of being unranked and were among a record seven teams to move into The Associated Press college football poll after a season-high 11 ranked teams lost this weekend.
Perkins ran for 112 yards for the Cavaliers (6-2, 4-1 ACC), who are in first place in the ACC's Coastal Division. They gained bowl eligibility for the second year in a row, a first for the program since it went to four in a row from 2002-05. They also won their third conference game in a row for the first time since 2011.
The Cavaliers proved their coach right Saturday night, getting a touchdown from Jordan Ellis, three field goals from Brian Delaney and a stout defensive performance in a 16-13 victory over No. 16 Miami.