Afternoon Football Practice Cancelled
Wilford latest to come down with virus
August 15, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech's Thursday afternoon football practice was cancelled as a recent outbreak of a flu-like virus continues to sideline several players. The morning session was cancelled as well. Practice is scheduled to resume on Friday at 3:15 p.m.

"We're going to try and take 24 hours and stay away from each other," head coach Frank Beamer said, "and see if we can't clear this up. We're not going to get anything done with half our team missing and the other half feeling bad. I thought it's the right thing to do. This is the first time I've had to cancel a practice because of sickness. We've taken days off, but not for something like this."

Ernest Wilford came down with the virus Thursday afternoon, upping the total number of players to 19 to contract the virus today.

In all, 43 players have now come down with the virus since two players first became ill last Saturday.

For Thursday's early story on the cancellation of practice, go to