Mike London offers hint as to how he'll deal with Cavs' incoming freshmen
Pretend, for a moment, that you’re a first-year football coach at an ACC program that finished 3-9 last season. Your depth chart contains question marks at running back, quarterback, offensive line and linebacker, among other positions to lesser degrees.
You’ve brought in an offensive coordinator who is installing a pro-style system and a defensive coordinator who is switching the alignment from a 3-4 base to a 4-3.
You’ve spent the past eight months trying to win back the devotion of a fan base that had begun to stray.
You know it would bode well for your team’s morale, support level and ticket sales to start compiling wins sooner rather than later, but you want to be cognizant of building a program that can sustain success in the long term.
You’ve got 18 incoming freshman headed to training camp, which begins Aug. 6. Do you redshirt most of those new players for the sake of the team’s future, or do you attempt to immediately inject some talent into a lineup in need of help in many areas?
While you ponder your decision, here’s what first-year Virginia Coach Mike London plans to do:
“It’ll be one of the first considerations when we first get into camp because, obviously, we have a new influx of freshmen that are coming in,” London said Monday. “You want to make sure that when you put somebody out there, I want to make sure that they’re going to play a significant amount of reps for us. I can’t speak to the situation as it was last year, but there’s about 14 of ‘em that probably didn’t play more than five or six reps per game, so that’s a year of eligibility and a year of development.
“So if there is a skilled high school young man that’s coming in now that’s at our place that can contribute better than the development of that second-year player, then we’ll have to take a look at it. But if I had my druthers, I’d rather find out, assess them and then turn them over to Brandon Hourigan, who is our strength and conditioning coach, or turn them over to Adrien Harraway, who is our academic coordinator and let them build their muscles academically and athletically.”
July 27, 2010; 11:48 AM ET
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