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Mike London hopes message has been received regarding class attendance expectations

Junior free safety Corey Mosley, junior defensive end Zane Parr and junior center Anthony Mihota -- all starters -- were among the players Virginia Coach Mike London disciplined during last week's game against Eastern Michigan for previous class attendance issues. Mihota sat out the first offensive series, Parr missed the first few defensive series and Mosley did not play at all during the Cavaliers' 48-21 win.

London said Thursday that he hopes his message regarding class attendance expectations was received by all the players on Virginia's roster.

"I wanted the players to understand that, regardless of who it is, that if you can't abide by the team rules that I have in place away from the McCue Center and the weight room and the practice field, then how can I count on you when you are here or when you're in the game?" London said. "Hopefully the message is sent and everyone understands that no matter who you are, a starter, a reserve or whatever it may be, that what's important to me -- and if a guy wants to gamble and take a day and miss class and we happen to be checking that class on that particular day, then that's on him.

"But the leadership -- the captains and the older guys -- have made it plain in their own team meetings that this is the way it is now, no matter the way it used to be, but this is the way it is now. And that's what we're going to go by."

When asked whether he expects all of his players to be available from the start of Saturday's game against Miami, London replied: "Well I would hope so, unless guys want to miss quarters or games or not be provided tickets for their parents to come and watch them play. The expectation is to go to class, and the honor is to play in the games, you know, to wear the uniform. Not the other way around."

By Steve Yanda  | October 28, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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