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Mike London is not having nightmares about Richmond ... yet

Next week, the Virginia coaches will set the depth chart for the Cavaliers' season opener against Richmond and begin to focus more during team practices on how the Spiders will play on Sept. 4 -- or at least, how the coaches think their first opponent will play.

With Mike London now in charge of Virginia's football program, his former team -- Richmond -- is ushering in a new coaching regime of its own. Latrell Scott now leads the Spiders, and while London remains familiar with some of Richmond's personnel, he's not certain how exactly said personnel will be employed.

"With the first opponent, you're always not sure about what they're going to be doing because of the new changes and everything," London said. "What you try to do is just work on the things that you suspect or that you can kind of guess what they're going to try to do based on where the coordinators are from, the background of them and who they've been influenced by.

"But then you also just try to work on the fundamental parts of the offense and the defense and the blocking and the tackling. Because regardless of scheme, whatever our first opponent has, we're still going to have to block, tackle, make the blocks that we need to do to make our plays work. So a lot of that we spend on us, and then they'll be some also spent on what they game-like situation will be."

After London stated that to finish out this week the Cavaliers will continue to focus solely on what they do, he was asked whether any of his thoughts have drifted to the Richmond game, even if the team-wide concentration hasn't yet shifted there.

"Not really," London said. "In my office my degree is hanging on the wall, and I look to the left and there it is right there. That's what I think about Richmond now. There will be time to think about them ... I'll wait to have nightmares about them later on. Right now, my nightmares are about what's going on with my team."

By Steve Yanda  |  August 20, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
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Can't wait for the season to start, even if it starts with rocky debut against Richmond (a pretty good team). Virginia picked the right guy to get the program back on track.

Posted by: Rich13 | August 20, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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