London & Beamer Discuss Tough Early Season At ACC Football Kickoff
Mike London's Cavaliers went 4-8 in 2012
The ACC Football Kickoff wrapped up Monday in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The media preseason predictions have Virginia finishing in sixth place in the Coastal Division, with Virginia Tech second.
Frank Beamer's Hokies and Mike London's Cavaliers both have tough starts to the season.
Virginia Tech opens with defending national champion Alabama in Atlanta.
Virginia hosts BYU and Oregon.
London says, "They are two teams that have done well year in and year out. Bowl Games. National rankings. Players with the national caliber-type of recognition. We're looking forward to the opportunity to bring them into Charlottesville, and hopefully have a sold out venue for those particular games."
"When you play a team like Alabama, I think your program is better," says Beamer. "I think your summer practices are better, your preseason practices are better, and the coaches and players understand what a challenge we got. Regardless of the outcome of that game, I still think your football team is a better football team down the road."
Virginia had a record of 4-8 last season, and begins this year with a new offensive and defensive coordinator.
The 'Hoos will have a relatively unproven starting quarterback.
London says, "There's two very capable and talented quarterbacks. One, David Watford, who went into spring, and came out of spring listed as #1, he's become a phenomenal leader, a great young man, and a great teammate."
Virginia Tech is coming off a 7-6 season, its worst in two decades, and just like Virginia, has a new offensive coordinator in Scot Loeffler.
Beamer says, "I think the key for us is how quickly some young guys come around and play, and what maturity level. The offensive line, running backs, Trey Edmunds. I do know we have some talented guys. Just trying to get them to play at a high level quickly is our challenge."
London & Beamer Discuss Tough Early Season At ACC Football KickoffMore>>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:13 PM EST2013-12-11 01:13:23 GMT
The Wake Forest football program has a new head coach and he has ties to the Commonwealth. Wake officially introduced Dave Clawson as its new head coach Tuesday December 10, 2013. Clawson led BowlingFull Story
Clawson led Bowling Green to a 10-3 record this season and a Mid-American Conference Championship. He was the head coach at Richmond from 2004-2007 and replaces UVa alum Jim Grobe at Wake who resigned after 13 years last week.Full Story
Tuesday, December 10 2013 5:43 PM EST2013-12-10 22:43:27 GMT
In the 88th minute of the ACC Men's soccer final, Maryland's Patrick Mullins drilled a low hard cross that ricocheted off Virginia's Kevin McBride and into the net, securing Maryland's 1-0 ACC ChampionshipFull Story
In the 88th minute of the ACC Men's soccer final, Maryland's Patrick Mullins drilled a low hard cross that ricocheted off Virginia's Kevin McBride and into the net, securing Maryland's 1-0 ACC Championship win over the Cavaliers.Full Story
Monday, December 9 2013 7:23 PM EST2013-12-10 00:23:19 GMT
Virginia Tech men's basketball senior forward Jarell Eddie has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week. The 6-foot-7 Hokie led Tech to two wins this week, including theirFull Story
The 6-foot-7 Hokie led Tech to two wins this week, including their 61-60 overtime road victory over Miami, the defending ACC Champion. Eddie had a game-high 24 points and added 7 rebounds. Full Story
Sunday, December 8 2013 2:59 PM EST2013-12-08 19:59:33 GMT
The Virginia men's soccer team didn't clinch their trip to the College Cup off just any goal - they did so off a half bicycle kick from the foot of Jordan Allen. Allen said, "it's kind of an instinctualFull Story
Virginia has won the national championship six times in program history, with the most recent in 2009. The Cavaliers will face Maryland in the NCAA Semifinals and this will be a rematch that brings back bad memories as the Terps barely edged UVA 1-0 in the ACC championship.Full Story