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(Black) Friday links

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Hopefully you're not entering the fray at malls around the country. Anyway, here are your Friday links.

All indications are that Saturday will be Al Groh's final afternoon on the sidelines in Charlottesville. Jerry Ratcliffe and Jay Jenkins of the Charlottesville Daily Progress are reporting, based on unidentified sources, that Boise State Coach Chris Petersen would be a leading candidate for the job and that funds have been raised to pay the buyout for the remaining two years of Groh’s contract, estimated to be $4 million.

Groh talk aside, the game on Saturday for Virginia is the final crack at beating Virginia Tech for a suffering group of Cavaliers seniors. How bad do they want it? "I don't think you could give me any amount of money to trade for beating Tech," said senior linebacker Aaron Clark, one of the Cavaliers' captains.

Norm Wood of the Newport News Daily Press caught up with former Virginia quarterback Tom Hodges, who said the current Cavaliers need to win Saturday or they'll regret it. In 1964, Hodges threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Larry Molinari with 20 seconds left in Virginia's 20-17 victory. It was the only time Hodges and his Virginia classmates beat Virginia Tech, and it snapped a six-game losing streak against the Hokies — the Cavaliers' longest skid in the 87-game history of the rivalry. If Virginia loses on Saturday, it will tie that dubious mark.

By Mark Viera  |  November 27, 2009; 8:12 AM ET
 
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