1. Berman has all the details on Jim Weaver’s early retirement here. “It’s just been too much, with the back surgeries I’ve had, the repeat back surgery after the bowl last year,” Weaver said. “I just think the time is right now for me to retire and spend time with my son and wife.”
2. Here is my column on Weaver.
3. Here’s what president Charles Steger had to say about Weaver’s legacy: “Jim has been able to elevate the program in really all dimensions. We have a financially very stable enterprise today. Our graduation rates are extremely good. He’s also strengthened the Olympic sports significantly. And we’ve been able to build new facilities, which are really almost unrivaled, certainly in the ACC.”
4. Steger wants to have a new AD in place by Feb. 1.
5. As I noted in the column, the thing I appreciated most about Weaver was that you always knew where he stood. No matter how unpopular a decision might have been, he owned it and made himself available to defend it.
6. Perhaps fittingly, James Johnson got his second-most significant win (only Oklahoma State last season was better) as men’s basketball coach yesterday when the Hokies rallied to beat West Virginia.
7. Stirring comeback from VCU, which rallied from a six-point deficit with less than three minutes to play to stun Virginia 59-56.
8. No. 2 Michigan State beat No. 1 Kentucky 78-74, while No. 5 Kansas topped No. 4 Duke 94-83.