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Charlottesville, Va. - The longstanding rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech is getting a new name-- the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529. Building on a tradition started when the two schools first competed against each other in a football game in 1895, the Commonwealth Clash is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams of the Hoos and Hokies.
The competition will include the 21 sports in which the two schools compete against each other, plus one fan-decided point.
At the end of each school year, the institution with the most points will be crowned the champion of the Commonwealth Clash.
"The Commonwealth Clash continues a great athletic rivalry between the Hoos and the Hokies," said UVa director of athletics 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, director of athletics 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 schools' academic reputations, along with the loyalty of their alumni, drew Virginia529 College Savings Plan (Virginia529) to the competition. The state agency, which worked with the two schools to develop the Commonwealth Clash, has been helping families save for their higher education needs 1996.
"Virginia Tech and Virginia are the two largest recipients of funds from Virginia529 accounts, so we know their alumni and fans are dedicated to higher education," said Mary Morris, Virginia529 CEO. "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."
Fans can learn about the point system, get news on upcoming games and follow the teams' standings at TheCommonwealthClash.com. The newly-created website also offers exclusive opportunities such as live chats with head coaches and the Tuition Toss, where contestants have a shot to win $52,900.
The first rivalry event is set for Sept. 12 in Charlottesville when the men's soccer teams from both schools meet at Klöckner Stadium. A complete schedule and game previews will be linked at TheCommonwealthClash.com.
Mike London Live Chat
Virginia football coach Mike London will hold a live chat on the Commonwealth Clash's official website Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. In order to register and view Coach London's video chat go to and click on the FanZone to register your questions and watch the Chat live. You can also submit questions for Coach London and watch the chat by visiting the live chat page on VirginiaSports.com.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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