OC Bill Lazor denies 'rumor' he will seek imminent return to NFL
On Friday, Virginia Coach Mike London approached offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and asked him about information circulating that Lazor would seek out a job in the NFL at the conclusion of the Cavaliers season. Lazor spent seven seasons as an NFL assistant before joining London's staff in January.
Citing "multiple independent reports," Cavscorner.com reported Friday that Lazor likely would begin to search for a return to the NFL ranks after Virginia's season ended. Cavscorner.com is a Rivals-affiliated message board web-site devoted to coverage of Virginia football and basketball.
"First of all, I don’t read them, so I didn’t know until I was told" by London, Lazor said of Internet message boards. "You never want to stoop to answering things that are rumors, and I guess the only thing you can say about it is I thought it was a little bit funny, you can tell how on top of it whoever posted that is with the fact that they (the NFL) are about 10 games into a 16-game season, so I don’t think it’s very valid. They could have timed it up a lot better if they’re going to make that up."
In the first season of the pro-style offense Lazor implemented upon his arrival, Virginia averaged 25.3 points and 404.8 total yards per game. Last season, the Cavaliers averaged 19.3 points and 269.6 total yards per game.
When asked if he would be interested were an NFL offer to come his way this offseason, Lazor said: "I think you’d have a decision to make in our business anytime anyone comes calling.
"It’s just exactly what I told (London) when he approached me. I love being here. I’m having a great time. I wish we were better. I’m enjoying trying to get better. I haven’t approached anyone; they haven’t approached me. And I have no plans (to leave for the NFL). There have been absolutely no conversations."
Virginia capped its 4-8 (1-7 ACC) 2010 campaign with a 37-7 loss Saturday at Virginia Tech.
| November 27, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
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