Longtime team physician Dr. Frank C. McCue III (photo at right) and head football coach George Welsh worked side-by-side for many years. Now it looks like they will have two namesake buildings side-by-side for decades to come.
McCue, who died in July, was the namesake for the McCue Center, home to the football program and several Athletic Department offices. He will be further honored Saturday at the season-opening home football game against the University of Richmond.
Before the 3 p.m. kickoff, a moment of silence will be held in his memory. At halftime, McCue will be recognized for his service to Cavalier athletics — and indeed, to college and high school athletes from across Virginia — by being enshrined as a “Virginia Legend.” A plaque honoring him will be displayed on Legends’ Walk at the north end of Scott Stadium, joining former Virginia football head coaches Art Guepe and Welsh as the only non-football players to be so honored. The football team will also wear “Doc” helmet stickers for the rest of the season, and the coaches will have “Doc” embroidered on the sleeves of their game-day shirts.
Meanwhile, Jeff White reports that Athletics will propose to the Board of Visitors that it name the new indoor practice facility, rising alongside the McCue Center, in honor of Welsh. The $14.5 million George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility is expected to be ready by the opening of spring football practice.
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Welsh resurrected a moribund Cavalier program and propelled it to new heights. In 19 seasons at Virginia, he compiled a 134-86-3 record, including 13 straight years in which the Wahoos finished with at least seven victories.
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