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Cavaliers Journal: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

London watch begins

A heartbreaking 35-31 loss to Appalachian State ended Richmond's season, and started the Mike London watch with the Cavaliers. He's been the name that keeps coming up when discussing Virginia's job, although no one ever knows until it's official. (I...

By Zach Berman  |  December 5, 2009; 11:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's basketball: Spurlock still without spot in rotation

Seven games into his college career, Tristan Spurlock has not received the opportunity many expected before the season – or even that Spurlock had anticipated during a preseason interview. Even while senior forward Jamil Tucker misses time during a leave...

By Zach Berman  |  December 4, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chris Long discusses Al Groh, next U-Va. coach

I had a chance to catch up with former Virginia defensive end Chris Long, perhaps the best player to play under former Coach Al Groh at Virginia and one of the top players in Cavaliers history. Long, the No. 2...

By Zach Berman  |  December 4, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Friday links

A light day of football links, but we have some non-revenue sports today... In football, former offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon wished he had more time. Big-time recruit Morgan Moses met with South Carolina's offensive line coach. In men's soccer, Virginia...

By Zach Berman  |  December 4, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What's a 'big-name' coach?

There’s been discussion about whether Virginia will hire a “big-name coach,” and whether Richmond Coach Mike London is prepared after only two years at a division I-AA school. However, the “big-name” coaches in college football were often relatively obscure names...

By Zach Berman  |  December 3, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Thursday links

An overview of the coaching search and where it stands. Two assistants and the players are what is left of the program. Perhaps Virginia's mistake was not hiring Jimmye Laycock nine years ago. Also of note, Athletic Director Craig Littlepage...

By Zach Berman  |  December 3, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morgan Moses meets with Craig Littlepage

Tackle Morgan Moses, Virginia’s top football recruit, met with Athletic Director Craig Littlepage and Executive Associate Athletics Director Jon Oliver on Tuesday, according to Fork Union Military Academy Coach John Shuman. The meeting lasted 45 minutes, and Shuman said Littlepage...

By Zach Berman  |  December 2, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Payne to transfer to Liberty

Former Virginia running back Keith Payne will play for Liberty next season, Payne told The Post in an interview Tuesday evening. Payne, a first-team All-Met at Oakton High in 2005, left the Cavaliers program before the season opener against William...

By Zach Berman  |  December 2, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Wednesday links

There's a reason why Mike London is popular. Just don't expect London -- nor any potential candidate -- to speak. That includes Temple's Al Golden. One editorial says Virginia should be ashamed. Onto basketball. Mike Scott wants to produce for...

By Zach Berman  |  December 2, 2009; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Defensive lapses hurting Cavs

We’re approaching the dry time of men’s basketball season – the mid-December portion of the schedule. With exams upcoming, Virginia has only one game in the next two weeks (Dec. 7 at Auburn). However, Monday’s 69-66 loss to Penn State...

By Zach Berman  |  December 1, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Football updates

A few updates from the coaching search and the team. Please continue to check here in the coming days when more clarity (and more rumors to confirm/deny) come about... - In this morning's article about the beginning of the search,...

By Zach Berman  |  December 1, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Tuesday links

Some more football stories, including the beginning of the search for Al Groh's replacement. Here are some more details from Al Groh's buyout. Mike London would not address the Virginia job. There are rumors that Virginia has sought the help...

By Zach Berman  |  December 1, 2009; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live at JPJA...

Some quick tidbits from the Virginia-Penn State game... - Same starting lineup as usual: Zeglinski, Landesberg, Farrakhan, Scott, Meyinsse - A smaller crowd than one would anticipate for the best non-conference game at home this season. Isn't the small crowd...

By Zach Berman  |  November 30, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia vs. Penn State preview

Front-court rotation: Pay attention to the way Coach Tony Bennett divides the minutes of his interior players. Junior forward Will Sherrill, a walk-on, has become a contributor for the Cavaliers and scored a career-high 18 points in a Nov. 25...

By Zach Berman  |  November 30, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live online chat, 11 a.m.

Eric Prisbell and I will take part in an online chat Monday at 11 a.m. to answer questions about the coaching situations at Virginia and Maryland. Please send any questions our way. And if you want to ask some questions...

By Zach Berman  |  November 30, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

For those who haven't been near a computer for the last 18 hours, Al Groh was fired. Mike London will be among the hot names to replace Groh. Athletic director Craig Littlepage has pressure to nail this hire. The fan...

By Zach Berman  |  November 30, 2009; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Statement from Al Groh

Here is the full version of former Virginia Coach Al Groh's statement: "I am privileged to have represented this fine University – a school from which my two sons and I have earned degrees. I hope I have represented it...

By Zach Berman  |  November 29, 2009; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Men's Basketball: Tucker back at practice

Senior forward Jamil Tucker is no longer on a leave of absence from the basketball team. Tucker returned to practice on Friday. He will be with the team for Monday's game against Penn State, although he will not be in...

By Zach Berman  |  November 29, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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UPDATED:Virginia fires Groh

Al Groh was fired as Virginia’s head coach football coach following his worst season in nine years coaching his alma mater. The dismissal marked a disappointing conclusion to a tenure that started with promise after Groh left the head coaching...

By Zach Berman  |  November 29, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Groh to be dismissed

The University of Virginia has decided to dismiss football coach Al Groh, according to a report on the school's athletics Web site. Groh, who has two years left on his contract, will receive a buyout of $4.3 million, the report...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  November 29, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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