American football team, Pittsburgh Panthers’ Head Coach Pat Narduzzi began his weekly press conference by discussing the tragedy that occurred on the University of Virginia on November 14. Three students were reportedly killed in a campus shooting at the University of Virginia, according to reports that surfaced early on November 14.
The shooting happened at 10:30 p.m. on November 13 on a charter bus carrying UVA students who had just returned from a class field trip to Washington, D.C. As details emerged, it was revealed that all three of the victims were members of the Cavaliers football team, which Pitt defeated 37-7 on November 12 in Charlottesville.
Narduzzi’s press conference spent the majority of its time discussing the tragedy rather than reviewing the victory or previewing his team’s upcoming game against Duke.
I’m shocked: Pat Narduzzi
“I’m shocked, obviously. I don’t even care to talk about that game, we can just kinda put it aside. I’ll answer any questions on it afterward if I have to. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the city of (Charlottesville), the University of Virginia, coach Tony Elliott and his football team that’s gotta be going through it right now. I can’t imagine losing three guys in the room here,” Narduzzi said.
He added, “I can’t even imagine what’s going on down there. It’s unthinkable — you go from playing a football game to that. Again, our prayers go out to everyone down there that’s involved in this. It’s sad.”
D’Sean Perry, Lavel Davis Jr., and Devin Chandler were the three football players who perished in the shooting. While Davis and Chandler, both junior receivers, were out of the game due to injuries, Perry, a junior linebacker, played against the Panthers and recorded two tackles.
Jones was detained and charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, according to University of Virginia Police Chief Tim Longo. Narduzzi claimed during his press conference that he hadn’t spoken to his team about the shooting because Monday was a non-workday. The head coach simply said, “I don’t know,” with a desolate look on his face when asked what he plans to say when it comes time to address them.