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Posted at 3:11 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Virginia football team alters practice schedule for Thanksgiving holiday

By Steve Yanda

The Virginia football team practiced a few hours earlier than normal today. In fact, the Cavaliers should be wrapping things up right about now. Coach Mike London said Wednesday morning that even though the team is preparing to face in-state rival Virginia Tech on the road Saturday, he tried to accomodate a number of players who are within driving distance of their families for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Today is the final day of practice for those players who will not travel with the team to Blacksburg, and they will be free to disperse to their hometowns at the conclusion of this afternoon's practice. The players on the travel squad will go through a workout Thursday morning.

London said some of the players -- those within a two-hour driving radius of their homes -- will be allowed to travel to be with their families for the rest of Thanksgiving. Some of those players will bring teammates with them. The rest of the team, London said, will gather at a Charlottesville area restaurant to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner there.

"You try to make it as easy as you can for everyone, but understanding that the priority is to get the practice in and to have a meaningful practice on Thanksgiving day," London said. "It's tricky a little bit, but I want to try to make it work so these guys can enjoy the holiday even though it right midweek before a game."

By Steve Yanda  | November 24, 2010; 3:11 PM ET
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