LONDON THE NEW GROH?
-Good column today by Doughty, comparing the current UVa situation to what the Cavs faced under Al Groh in 2008. Give it a look-see here.
-I really thought this part was interesting: “What the Cavaliers have learned in recent days was that [ousted DC Jim] Reid was a diligent recruiter, who may have unearthed the sleeper in the state this year in Fork Union safety Malcolm Cook, who has reopened his recruiting since the UVa coaching changes.
One of Virginia’s biggest problems in 2009, Groh’s final season, was an absence of talent. The talent is better now, witness recruiting classes that were ranked 25th by rivals.com in 2011 and 27th in 2012. The class scheduled to sign in February is potentially the best of all, given its current No. 20 ranking, but will it remain intact?”
-First of all, I didn’t know Reid was as active in recruiting as this. Makes the firing of him even more of a head-scratcher. Also, as Jaded Hoo mentioned yesterday: While we’re talking about Hanson, who was also the recruiting coordinator in addition to DL coach, let’s talk about the job he did there. One of London’s reported strengths over his tenure has been the quality of recruits he has been bringing into the program, so you fire the RC?
-To me, that’s the thing. What was the No. 1 reason to believe in London? That he’s an awesome in-game tactician? (nope). A great manager of the clock late in games? (ha-ha). No, it was that he’s been imbuing the program with better players. Seems UVa has jeopardized this, whether these changes were London’s decision or not.
-The ACC sent out a letter yesterday signed by all the school presidents expressing solidarity. You can read the highlights here.
-This means nothing to me. I think about that phrase Jim Weaver likes to use when he hires coaches. “He/she was the right person for the job AT THIS POINT IN TIME.” That’s how I read this letter, even though that statement isn’t expressed in there. We’re committed to each other at this point in time. Check back with us tomorrow in this ever-changing climate we live in.
-Big Ten commish Jim Delany described his league’s position thusly: “inactive, but alert.” That’s a good way of putting it. And if that’s not how the presidents in the ACC really feel, they are doing their school a disservice.