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, and Reid said he would. He said he did not want to further speak with London until Miami Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano entered in the discussion. Reid spoke to London again "just before Christmas" and then at the end of the Dolphins season.
"With our children and our grandchildren here, and working at the University of Virginia -- a place I admire and am very familiar with -- we made a very tough decision," Reid said.
Much of his family lives in Richmond.
- Reid has experience in New England and Virginia, although he does not yet know the area he will recruit. Reid said recruiting was aspect of the job he missed most when going to the NFL, and he was excited to return to the trail.
"There will be an in-state and an out-of-state area," Reid said. "When I was head coach University of Richmond and VMI, every spring I would take an area just so I would get to know the coaches. I would change the area up. I really enjoy the recruiting. I love talking to families and young athletes."
- Reid does not yet know how he'll split his roles as defensive coordinator and associate head coach.
"I just know that Coach London and I, in just about every aspect of running a program, we're kind of on the same page and see eye-to-eye," Reid said. "I don't know what that's going to entail at all. I just don't know."
- Interestingly, Virginia plays both VMI and Richmond. Reid did not find that out until Friday morning. A Virginia official joked, "We haven't told him we go to USC this year."
- Reid anticipates this being the final stop of his coaching career. At age 59 and with his optimism in Virginia's program, Reid hopes to remain with the Cavaliers and not move his family another time.
"As long as I can do a good job here for the University of Virginia and Coach London, I'd like to stay here and win some championships," Reid said. "I remember Coach Welsh telling me when they re-did the facility here. He said, 'We did it right, we can win a national championship.' That's the goal."
January 8, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
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