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Cavaliers Journal: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Duke 28, Virginia 17

The season is ¾ of the way finished, and Virginia is 3-5. It’s going to take an unlikely winning streak for Virginia to rescue the season. There will be much more on the loss and next week’s game against Miami...

By Zach Berman  |  October 31, 2009; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Halftime Update: Duke 9, Virginia 3

In 14 quarters of ACC play, Virginia's offense has two touchdowns. The Cavaliers offense lacked much of a life in the first half against Duke, registering only 81 total yards. The Cavaliers attempted 18 passes and only 10 rushes. They're...

By Zach Berman  |  October 31, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Minutes from kickoff...

...And Scott Stadium remains mostly deserted. The crowd has decreased each game this season. Duke does not bring a large contingent, so you can't expect a big bump from them. Here are some other quick notes... - Rain is in...

By Zach Berman  |  October 31, 2009; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gameday links

Three hours from kickoff here at Scott Stadium, and the sky is gray with a steady wind. It's supposed to stretch into the 70s today, so we'll see if the weather is more agreeable than the past two games. Here...

By Zach Berman  |  October 31, 2009; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Scott Stadium Attendance

One of the most intriguing parts of Saturday's game will happen away from the field. It will be Scott Stadium's attendance, which has decreased each game this season. What do you think? poll by twiigs.com...

By Zach Berman  |  October 30, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Who wins the Virginia-Duke game?

Who Will Win Saturday's Game? Virginia in a blowout Virginia in a close game Duke in a close game Duke in a blowout Created on Oct 30, 2009 View Results poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 30, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Links

So North Carolina beat Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech beat Miami. Miami beat Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech beat Virginia. Virginia beat North Carolina. Don't you enjoy the way those work sometimes? The Cavaliers play Duke on Saturday. The Blue Devils control...

By Zach Berman  |  October 30, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clark, Conrath out vs. Duke

University of Virginia Football Injury Report Game 8 vs. Duke Issued: Thursday, Oct 29 This report is compiled by the University of Virginia Sports Medicine staff under the direction of Dr. David Diduch. Out Aaron Clark (knee) Matt Conrath (ankle)...

By Zach Berman  |  October 29, 2009; 8:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'Hoos for Herzlich 94' fundraiser

Virginia's University Student Council and spirit group, "The Hoo Crew", created "Hoos for Herzlich 94' in honor of Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, the reigning ACC defensive player of the year was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of...

By Zach Berman  |  October 29, 2009; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The myth of halftime adjustments?

While discussing the oft-mentioned topic of halftime adjustments this week, Virginia Coach Al Groh provided a book recommendation. "Phil Simms in his book writes he can't remember a meaningful halftime adjustment that was made," Groh said, referencing the former New...

By Zach Berman  |  October 29, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Morning links

Gameday is fast approaching, although the ACC includes a game tonight when Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina. This affects Virginia, for if the Hokies are upset, then Saturday's game between the Cavaliers and Duke would leave the winner as one...

By Zach Berman  |  October 29, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Unhappy Halloween

Saturday's game against Duke comes on Halloween, a day that has been more trick than treat for Virginia football. Virginia is 5-8 on Halloween, although this week's game will be only the fourth Halloween home game. The Cavaliers are 2-1...

By Zach Berman  |  October 28, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Special teams remain an issue for Virginia

After Saturday’s 34-9 loss to Georgia Tech, Virginia Coach Al Groh said all three phases of the team must be superior to the Yellow Jackets in order to win. Groh could not say his special teams outplayed the opposition, although...

By Zach Berman  |  October 28, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

Virginia Coach Al Groh takes leadership seriously, often alluding to other leaders in public comments. He has praised defense end Zane Parr, who grew up in a pitcher in the home of the Little League World Series. This week's challenge...

By Zach Berman  |  October 28, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Baker has knee surgery

Virginia men's basketball senior guard Calvin Baker underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to remove a loose piece of cartilage in his right knee. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, which could sideline Baker for the Cavaliers' opener against Longwood...

By Zach Berman  |  October 27, 2009; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U-Va. depth chart vs. Duke

No major changes on the depth chart this week. It appears the injuries to defensive end Matt Conrath and linebacker Aaron Clark will linger, because neither is listed. Nate Collins will return to defensive end on Saturday and Nick Jenkins...

By Zach Berman  |  October 27, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Getting off on the right foot?

In seven games, Virginia has twice scored on its first offensive drive. In Saturday's loss to Georgia Tech, the Cavaliers had the ball first -- a change of pace for Coach Al Groh -- but a three-and-out stymied any momentum...

By Zach Berman  |  October 27, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

A light morning of links to start a busy day... Halftime adjustments might be a myth, Virginia Coach Al Groh says. Some good information within this notebook, including a bit on the phantom personal foul that had Virginia fans abuzz....

By Zach Berman  |  October 27, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Collins wins another award

Nate Collins won co-defensive lineman of the week, which was the second consecutive week that Collins was awarded by the ACC. Collins had had 10 solo stops and recorded two tackles in a loss against Georgia Tech while filling in...

By Zach Berman  |  October 26, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

First day of Duke week, and Virginia enters that "must-win" territory if it hopes to make something of the season. A slow day of stories, but here's a sampling... Nate Collins excelled in a new role on Saturday. Lightning struck...

By Zach Berman  |  October 26, 2009; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sunday teleconference notes

Some quick thoughts from Virginia Coach Al Groh one day after Saturday's loss to Georgia Tech... - Groh did provide any more clarity about the personal foul penalty in the fourth quarter. He seemed to have as much curiosity about...

By Zach Berman  |  October 26, 2009; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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ACC men's basketball preseason awards

Today was men's basketball media day, and the ACC's preseason ballot was released. Here are the results: Predicted order of finish 1. Duke (25) 1. UNC (20) 3. Clemson 4. Ga. Tech (2) 5. Maryland 6. Wake Forest (1) 7....

By Zach Berman  |  October 25, 2009; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball Update

Some quick notes from men's basketball practice on Friday (I'm not allowed to report on specific from practice, which is why these remain general)... - This is the way Bennett describes his practices: "You can't do everything, so you just...

By Zach Berman  |  October 25, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Links

A very quick edition this morning of because of ACC men's basketball media day in Greensboro, N.C., which will provide some good material for the Cavs Journal for the next few weeks. But there was a football game yesterday, and...

By Zach Berman  |  October 25, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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