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For Cavaliers, It's 'Business as Usual'

Two days after Virginia won its first game of the season, three defensive players took a seat behind a microphone and refused to talk about the victory. Linebacker Steven Greer said he would get in trouble if he discussed Saturday's victory over North Carolina, and that the attention had already shifted to this weekend's game against Indiana.

The edict came from Coach Al Groh, who told them to forget about the game as soon as they walked into the building for Sunday's meetings and practice. It's the same instructions taken after a loss, and Groh emphasized it even more -- particularly with reporters -- as if to show the win was not as momentous as it seemed.

"The players have come out with a positive, energetic attitude to start each work week," Groh said. "I guess it is a 'business as usual' attitude, but it's a business as usual attitude looking forward to what the challenges are and to what we have to do to get ready."

Monday is the players' day off and the day in which the coaches formulate the game plan. Thursday Tuesday through Thursday is when the heavy lifting takes place for game-plan installation. The walk-through is conducted on Friday, which is the travel day for road games. Groh designs the week in an effort to reach a crescendo when the game begins.

"If you do that week after week after week then you give yours the best opportunity not only to be mentally prepared for the game, but to be emotionally prepared for the game and that starts up early in the week," Groh said. "Obviously you're not as 'jacked up' on Sunday evening as you are when you go to bed Friday night or Saturday morning but there has to be an anticipation of what's going to happen."

By Zach Berman  |  October 7, 2009; 10:58 AM ET
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you mean "Tuesday through Thursday?" Sometimes they LOOK like they've only practiced one day a week

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 7, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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