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Cavaliers Journal: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Miami 52, Virginia 17

Virginia’s season became even worse after its worse loss of the season. The Cavaliers must win out just to reach a bowl game, but each loss seems to bring Virginia one day closer to the end of Coach Al Groh’s...

By Zach Berman  |  November 7, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sene suspended three games

Virginia sophomore center Assane Sene was suspended for the first three games of the regular season and will sit out Sunday's scrimmage against St. John's. The official reason is "conduct detrimental to the team". Sene will still practice while he...

By Zach Berman  |  November 7, 2009; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Countdown to tip-off: preseason scrimmages

Note: Each day leading up to the Nov. 13 opener against Longwood, Cavaliers Journal will explore a different topic about the 2009-10 Virginia men’s basketball team. The public’s first look of Coach Tony Bennett’s team will come next Friday against...

By Zach Berman  |  November 6, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia's fourth-quarter woes

Some statistics are misleading. Here's one that's telling: The only quarter in which Virginia has been outscored this season is the fourth quarter. Virginia's players have said the team is better than their 3-5 record indicates. But for a group...

By Zach Berman  |  November 6, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

Virginia's recruits are sticking with the Cavaliers and Coach Al Groh -- for now. The burnt redshirts are not lost on the families and coaches of players. Punter Nathan Rathjen is trying to make the most of an unexpected opportunity....

By Zach Berman  |  November 6, 2009; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Who wins the Virginia-Miami game?

poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  November 6, 2009; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Countdown to tip-off: The rotation

Note: Each day leading up to the Nov. 13 opener against Longwood, Cavaliers Journal will explore a different topic about the 2009-10 Virginia men’s basketball team. Twelve different players started games for Virginia last season. Ten players averaged more than...

By Zach Berman  |  November 5, 2009; 10:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sewell doubtful; Conrath, Clark questionable

Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell is doubtful for Saturday's game against Miami with a shoulder injury. Sewell has been affected by an ankle injury, but it has not prevented him from starting. The shoulder injury looks like it will keep Sewell...

By Zach Berman  |  November 5, 2009; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

There has been significant coaching turnover in the ACC -- and there could be more this offseason. Long snapper Danny Aiken has embraced an unheralded role. A student reporter addresses some of the criticism of Coach Al Groh. On the...

By Zach Berman  |  November 5, 2009; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Countdown to tip-off: The schedule

Note: Each day leading up to the Nov. 13 opener against Longwood, Cavaliers Journal will explore a different topic about the 2009-10 Virginia men’s basketball team. Virginia Coach Tony Bennett inherited most of the 2009-10 schedule, which provides opportunity to...

By Zach Berman  |  November 4, 2009; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sewell still affected by injury

In two of the past three games, Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell had to be taken off the field because of an injury. Sewell is practicing hurt each week, and Coach Al Groh said the Cavaliers have been lucky to have...

By Zach Berman  |  November 4, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia's inconsistent running game

It might be overkill by this point, but there’s been a handful of weeks this season when I’ve written about Virginia’s unwillingness to commit to a running game from its running backs. And each time, I ask Coach Al Groh...

By Zach Berman  |  November 4, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Morning links

Virginia's mistake was bringing Groh back this season, opines David Teel. The burnt redshirts have become a hot-button issue. Oday Aboushi spent the summer playing for his country. Chris Cook's blown coverage haunts Groh and the Cavaliers. On the other...

By Zach Berman  |  November 4, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wright named first-team all-American

Some women’s basketball news… Virginia senior guard Monica Wright was named to the Associatied Press all-America team. Is the first Virginia player to earn the honor since current assistant coach Wendy Palmer in 1995-96. The Woodbridge native attended Forest Park...

By Zach Berman  |  November 3, 2009; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Countdown to tip-off: The defense

Note: Each day leading up to the Nov. 13 opener against Longwood, Cavaliers Journal will explore a different topic about the 2009-10 Virginia men’s basketball team. Ask any Virginia player about Tony Bennett’s coaching style, and their first response usually...

By Zach Berman  |  November 3, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Updated depth chart

Just received this week's depth chart, and the few changes were already evident on the field last week. Nathan Rathjen is listed as first-team punter over Jimmy Howell. Tucker Windle and Connor McCartin are second-team middle linebackers. Aaron Clark is...

By Zach Berman  |  November 3, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cavs lacking surehanded receivers

One of the reasons Virginia’s passing game has struggled this season has been the suspect hands from Virginia’s wide receivers and tight ends. Before the season, the coaching staff had optimism about the speed at receiver, which the Cavaliers lacked...

By Zach Berman  |  November 3, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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True freshmen and roster management

Virginia has now played 14 true freshmen this season, inciting some fans who are bothered by Coach Al Groh’s propensity to burn redshirt seasons. Groh counters that when a player is ready, he’s ready. That's always been his mantra for...

By Zach Berman  |  November 3, 2009; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Morning links

On Josh Barr's excellent Recruiting Insider, he reports that Virginia is chasing a Gonzaga QB. Will he end up playing for Coach Al Groh? If so, he'd come to a program that plays many true freshmen. Groh thinks the true...

By Zach Berman  |  November 3, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Countdown to tip-off: The offense

Note: Each day leading up to the Nov. 13 opener against Longwood, the Cavaliers Journal will explore a different topic about the 2009-10 Virginia men’s basketball team. When Tony Bennett arrived at Virginia, he brought a reputation with him: tough...

By Zach Berman  |  November 2, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia-Boston College at 3:30 p.m.

The Nov. 14 game between Virginia and Boston College at Scott Stadium will kick off at 3:30 p.m., the ACC announced Monday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN360.com Here is the entire ACC schedule for that weekend: Boston College...

By Zach Berman  |  November 2, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

Virginia's players are aware they must win to keep their coach employed. Questions about the playcalling have become as frequent as questions about the coach. On the other side, Miami Coach Randy Shannon is proud of his team after a...

By Zach Berman  |  November 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Groh on critics, booing

During Virginia Coach Al Groh's Sunday night teleconference following a 28-17 loss to Duke, he was asked his response to those who want a new coach. “I don’t have anything to say,” Groh said. “I know a lot more about...

By Zach Berman  |  November 1, 2009; 9:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia-Miami at Noon

Virginia will play Miami at noon on Saturday, the ACC announced Sunday. The game will be broadcasted by Raycom. Here is the entire schedule of next weekend's ACC games: Thursday, Nov. 5 (Previously Announced) Virginia Tech at East Carolina ,...

By Zach Berman  |  November 1, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

It's the morning after Virginia lost the lead, and maybe the season. Here is the reaction... A drive to save Virginia's season came up empty. And the problems only continue to grow. One in-state columnist thinks Groh's tenure is coming...

By Zach Berman  |  November 1, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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