Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia Cavaliers

About Virginia Cavaliers

The Virginia Cavaliers have been active in the intercollegiate game since 1888 and represent the University of Virginia. The team's three main rivals are the Maryland Terrapins, the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Virginia Tech Hokies. All three rivalries are considered important, although Virginia vs. North Carolina is known as the 'South's Oldest Rivalry'. The first game in the rivalry was contested in 1892 and they have played each other every year since 1919.

Between 1907 and 1921, the Cavaliers were part of the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 1908, the team won its first Conference Championship. During the 1920s and 1930s, Virginia competed in the Southern Conference and in 1953, they became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Since entering the ACC, the team have added a further two Conference Title wins to their haul, with those wins coming in 1989, when they were co-champions with Duke, and 1995, when they were co-champions with Florida State. The Cavaliers have played in eighteen bowl games in total and have a post-season bowl record of 7-11. Their most recent bowl game appearance came in 2011, when they contested the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Several former Virginia players have been enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, including Tom Scott and Joe Palumbo. In addition, both Bill Dudley and Henry Jordan went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Palumbo and Dudley have since had their numbers retired by the team.

The Cavaliers have played their home games at Scott Stadium since 1931. Officially, the venue is called the Carl Smith Center, Home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium. At presen...