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Reid's hand on the mend after chalkboard punch before USC game

Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid is a fiery sort of guy, the kind of coach known for giving emotional pregame pep talks to his players. So it's not exactly shocking to hear that Reid broke his right hand punching a chalkboard in the locker room prior to Virginia's game Sept. 11 at Southern California. We'll let him tell the story ...

"It's kind of embarrassing, but sometimes, you know, you get a little carried away," Reid said. "You want to will something to happen, and in order to make the point you do something very stupid. And I punched a blackboard. ... I just wanted everybody to know that I was fired up before that game."

I think it's safe to say that message was understood by anyone who witnessed the incident.

In any event, Virginia's defense turned in a solid effort that night by holding USC's potent offense to 329 total yards. That stands as the lowest total yardage the Trojans have compiled, by far, in a single game this season. Minnesota allowed USC to tally 408 total yards -- the Trojans' next-lowest total yardage mark this season -- the following week. USC ranks No. 13 in the nation in total offense (471.6 ypg).

As for Reid's hand, it's still on the mend. He's right-handed, so actions such as writing have not been very enjoyable these past couple of weeks.

"It's been painful," Reid said, "and it's a good lesson for me to learn."

By Steve Yanda  | October 6, 2010; 9:51 AM ET
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If I recall correctly, Jeff Jones broke his hand doing something similar when he was coaching the Virginia hoops team back in the 90s.

Posted by: frenchyb | October 6, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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