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With London hired, next step is hiring assistants

Virginia Coach Mike London's coaching staff is of immediate concern now that he's hired and must pick up the recruiting. However, the staff will not be filled quickly because prospective coaches still have obligations with their current team.

London will bring some assistants from Richmond and must determine what coaches to keep at Virginia. Only Anthony Poindexter and Bob Price were retained, although London could hire back some former coaches. Expect Poindexter to remain on the staff, but there are indications that Virginia will hire from the outside (of the Cavaliers staff and the Richmond staff) for some key positions.

Word is that London will have $2 million to allocate among his coaching staff. That's more than 20 percent of what Virginia paid its coaching staff last season, although that number was low in part because Al Groh served as his own defensive coordinator.

Regarding Poindexter, here is what London said: "I've known Anthony for a long time. Like I said, my brother Paul played with him. And someone asked the question about energetic and passionate. You look at that word, that's Anthony there in the dictionary, his picture. So having guys like that on the staff. In particular, he has a Virginia tie to him, he was a great player here, but having guys like that, individuals that players love I think is important."

I don't cover Richmond and have no knowledge of which coaches London will bring over the Spiders. However, there are a few with U-Va. connections. Here they are:

- Tight ends coach Byron Thweatt was a two-time captain at Virginia, playing linebacker for the Cavaliers from 1996-1999. He started every game of his collegiate career and is No. 4 all-time tackler. He is a Richmond native whose recruiting areas with the Spiders are Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, West Virginia and East Texas.

- Linebackers coach Vincent Brown was a graduate assistant at Virginia in 2007. Brown, an Atlanta native, started 103 to 123 with the New England Patriots. His recruiting areas with the Spiders are Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, Mississippi and Montana.

- Offensive line coach Bill Polin was a graduate assistant Virginia in 2004-05 and coached the Cavaliers offensive line in the 2005 Music City Bowl. His recruiting areas are Massachusetts, South/Central New Jersey, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

By Zach Berman  |  December 7, 2009; 5:49 PM ET
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Great to see Poindexter retained. What does "started 103 to 123 with the New England Patriots" mean?

Posted by: Reignking | December 8, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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