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Cavaliers Journal: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Report: Groh close to becoming Ga. Tech defensive coordinator

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that former Virginia Coach Al Groh is close to becoming the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech. Groh's defense were always among the better defenses in the ACC, and he's widely praised for his defensive mind....

By Zach Berman  |  January 9, 2010; 11:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia 70, North Carolina State 62

Virginia secured the first ACC victory of the Tony Bennett era in typical Bennett-ball fashion: tough defense, smart basketball down the stretch. Jeff Jones said Virginia needs to keep opponents in the 60s to win the ACC this season. Bennett...

By Zach Berman  |  January 9, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Halftime: NC State 30, Virginia 26

The score tells the story -- it was an ugly half. Virginia was 36.7 percent from the field (11 for 30). The Cavaliers only reached the line twice; NC State reached the line 10 times. Here are your U-Va. stats:...

By Zach Berman  |  January 9, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live from the RBC Center...

Game just started here at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. Some quick notes... - Baker, Zeglinski, Landesberg, Sherrill, Scott in the starting lineup - The arena only appears 3/4 full. It's the excitement you'd expect for the No. 11...

By Zach Berman  |  January 9, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: How many ACC games will Virginia win?

Virginia's nonconference schedule has been eventful -- including injuries, a dismissal from the team, emergence of unexpected players, a postponed game, a last-second loss and a win over a top 25 team. "The record, I’m not too caught up in,"...

By Zach Berman  |  January 8, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Men's basketball: ACC's bottom two meet

The only team predicted to finish worse than Virginia in the ACC preseason poll was North Carolina State. Lucky for the Cavaliers, that's the team they will face in Saturday's conference opener. Virginia has a comparatively soft ACC schedule, and...

By Zach Berman  |  January 8, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Virginia DC/AHC Reid discusses new job

Expect much more about new defensive coordinator and associate head coach Jim Reid in the coming days, but here are a few tidbits from Reid's teleconference: - Mike London contacted Reid before receiving the job asking if Reid had interest,...

By Zach Berman  |  January 8, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Men's Basketball: Bennett using deeper rotation than expected

Before the season, Virginia Coach Tony Bennett spoke about his experience coaching teams with short benches and those with deep benches. Bennett said he prefers an eight-man rotation, but that's not always possible. Bennett also has pointed out that Virginia's...

By Zach Berman  |  January 8, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday links

The big news Friday was the hiring of Jim Reid as Virginia's defensive coordinator. Reid is back in his element as a college coach. There are still some key spots to fill on Mike London's staff. Virginia begins the ACC...

By Zach Berman  |  January 8, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Reid hire official

Virginia officially hired Miami Dolphins outside linebackers coach Jim Reid as defensive coordinator and associate head coach on Thursday. Reid, a 36-year coaching veteran, has been a head coach at Richmond, U-Mass. and Virginia Military Institute. Mike London worked for...

By Zach Berman  |  January 7, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Football: Report: Corp to Richmond

Reports are circulating that Southern California quarterback Aaron Corp will transfer to Richmond, where he will be eligible to play next season. Virginia's name appeared in a report earlier this season, although my reporting indicated that any mention of the...

By Zach Berman  |  January 7, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Graduating, improving important to Dowling

As Virginia's official athletic Web site reported last week, Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling is returning for his senior season. I had a chance to catch up with Dowling this afternoon, and the Cavaliers cornerback said that the opportunity to graduate...

By Zach Berman  |  January 7, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: K.T. Harrell update

ACC play has not even started for the Cavaliers, so there's still too much of this season remaining to think about next season. But this morning's link about Joe Harris's 37-point game prompted me to check up on some of...

By Zach Berman  |  January 7, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Shawn Moore to be Virginia assistant

Virginia is set to hire former Cavaliers quarterback great Shawn Moore as an assistant coach. Moore, who is an administrator and assistant football coach at St. Albans in the District, will return to his alma mater to coach either quarterbacks...

By Zach Berman  |  January 7, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday links

As the ACC season nears, a good article here about how Sylven Landesberg has adjusted to Coach Tony Bennett. Senior center Jerome Meyinsse has carved a niche with the Cavaliers. And future Viginia recruit Joe Harris scored 37 points. We...

By Zach Berman  |  January 7, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Payne to remain at Virginia

Running back Keith Payne will remain at Virginia instead of transferring to Liberty, according to a source close to the situation. Payne, a first-team All-Met at Oakton High in 2005, left the Cavaliers program before the season opener against William...

By Zach Berman  |  January 6, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Mike Scott's ailing ankle

Mike Scott played 29 minutes in Tuesday's 72-53 win over Texas-Pan American and did not show many ill effects from the right ankle sprain that held him out for most of December. However, the ankle continues to bother Scott entering...

By Zach Berman  |  January 6, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Coaching staff update

As someone associated with Virginia's athletic department kindly reminded me yesterday, it takes time to hire someone at a public university. The NFL regular season ended Sunday, which makes it difficult to officially hire assistant coaches within the time frame...

By Zach Berman  |  January 6, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday links

Tony Bennett and his team were not happy with Tuesday's win over Texas-Pan American. Against a team such as the Broncs, Virginia could have won by much more than 19. With the ACC opening on Saturday, much work remains for...

By Zach Berman  |  January 6, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia vs. Texas-Pan American preview

Tuesday's Virginia-Texas-Pan American is not exactly can't-miss television. In fact, it's not even on television. The Broncs are 1-14 and do not appear to pose much threat to the Cavaliers. Nonetheless, it's an important game for Virginia, and here's why......

By Zach Berman  |  January 5, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chip West officially hired

As expected, Virginia hired former Old Dominion assistant Chip West. West's specific position will be announced at a later date, but expect him to help in the defensive secondary. Additionally, expect West to provide a big boost in the "757"...

By Zach Berman  |  January 5, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Behind the schedule

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett leaves the scheduling to associate head coach Ritchie McKay, with consultation from the athletic department's top officials. Many of the non-conference games for this season and next season were inherited by the previous coaching staff, but...

By Zach Berman  |  January 5, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

Expect news shortly about Virginia's football coaching staff, which is expected to include Miami Dolphins assistant Jim Reid and Old Dominion assistant Chip West. Onto some basketball news... The Cavaliers narrowly keep a spot in the Atlantic 11 poll. Virginia's...

By Zach Berman  |  January 5, 2010; 6:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Despite fluctuating minutes, Meyinsse earns role

Few on Virginia's roster seemed to benefit more from the Cavaliers' offseason coaching change than Jerome Meyinsse, a seldom-used big man under former coach Dave Leitao who was entering his senior season. Meyinsse's stock improved even more when the Cavaliers...

By Zach Berman  |  January 4, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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