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Virginia to bring in official to referee practice Tuesday

By Steve Yanda

In an effort to cut down on the high number of penalties that have plagued his team in the past three games, Virginia Coach Mike London said he has hired an official to referee Tuesday's practice. Only two of the 120 Division 1-A teams in the nation have averaged more penalty yards per game this season than the Cavaliers.

London said that offensive holding calls have constituted 25 percent of all the penalties charged against Virginia this season.

"That’s way, way too many," London said. "And it’s not just the linemen. It’s maybe the wide receivers on the edge trying to capture the edge with their hands outside."

Fifteen percent of Virginia's penalties have been due to false starts and nine percent of the calls against the Cavaliers have been because of defensive offsides, according to London.

"You look at things like this, and you make sure you address it by hiring an umpire to stand back there and officiate up front what’s going on," London said. "We’ll have one in practice on Tuesday. If you see anything close to a hold, throw it."

In the past three weeks, Virginia has averaged 12.7 penalties and 117.7 penalty yards per game.

By Steve Yanda  | November 15, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
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