As if the rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech wasn’t heated enough, the stakes will be even higher as the two schools will compete against one another in the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529.
The Commonwealth Clash is a yearly, head-to-head competition between the athletic teams of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The competition will be out of 22 points with each of the 21 sports in which the two schools compete against each other counting as one point, plus one fan-decided point. The school with the most points at the end of the school year will be named the winner.
In the event of a tie, the tiebreaker will go to the team with the most ACC Championships in the current academic year. The Clash will not take postseason meetings into account.
“The Commonwealth Clash continues a great athletic rivalry between the Hoos and the Hokies,” said UVa athletic director Craig Littlepage. “Sports are not the only tradition the two schools share. Both have set high standards in academics which makes Virginia529 a fitting sponsor for the rivalry competition.”
“Student-athletes from all sports will have an equally important role in earning the Commonwealth Clash, making it a year-long competition,” said Whit Babcock, the athletic director at Virginia Tech. “The fan element adds an exciting new concept to this rivalry and will enable our supporters to help determine the final result.”
The complete rules and schedule of events as well as Clash standings can be found at TheCommonwealthClash.com.
“Virginia Tech and Virginia are the two largest recipients of funds from Virginia529 accounts,” said Mary Morris, Virginia529 CEO, “so we know their alumni and fans are dedicated to higher education. Supporting this friendly competition gives us an opportunity to remind the parents and grandparents of future Hokies and Cavaliers about avoiding student loan debt by saving in advance.”
The first rivalry event is on Sept. 12 in Charlottesville between the men’s soccer teams.
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