December 5, 2009
Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
In the last game played in the Orange Bowl, the University of Virginia slaughtered the Miami Hurricanes 48-0 and Mr. Mike London was the defensive coordinator for the Cavaliers. Chris Long, All American, All World Defensive End from the University of Virginia, attributes much of his success at UVA to Mr. Mike London who tutored Chris who was the second player taken over all in the 2008 NFL draft by the St Louis Rams. Mike London should be on any school's short list of candidates for a head coaching position at Division 1-A. Mr. London has already proven that he could recruit high quality prep stars from area 757 and young men from all over the States of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. London is not afraid of going into the Carolina's, Georgia, Tennessee, Bam or Miss. Mr. London understands that these recruits must qualify academically in order to get into an elite school such as UVA and the academic qualifications are first and foremost. I feel any parent would be quite impressed with Mr.London's qualifications and professionalism. Moreover, coach London's concern for the young men under his charge extends beyond the gridiron. Coach Groh provided Mr. London with an excellent example on how to succeed on and off the field of play. Mr Groh was a class act and Mr.London learned many valuable football and non football related lessons from Al Groh. The key to winning at UVA or any school is to bring in the best assistants that money can buy who can recruit, teach and motivate. WAHOO!
Tommy Tuberville, the ex-Auburn coach, should also be on UVA Littlepage's short list of candidates. Mr. Tuberville would bring instant name recognition to a program that needs to be revitalized and reinvigorated as soon as possible. Many top UVA recruits such as Bethel's High School, Rijo Walker, have indicated they still plan on going to UVA and Rijo will bring other top notch tier-one recruits to UVA. What parent in their right mind wouldn't want to send their offspring to UVA and the City of Charlottesville,Virginia? The administration in Hokie Land placed a low priority on the health and safety of their students which was evidenced by how they, the administration handled the Massacre at Virginia Tech. Parents and recruits should read the report on how the administration at Virginia Tech from the President on down the line to the subordinates completely mishandled the Virginia Tech Massacre.
Some insiders at Auburn say Tuberville has a prickly personality which may account for why no upper Division 1-A school has picked him up to date. But Tuberville has coached successfully in the number one college football conference, the SEC, and he has proven to be a very good teacher and motivator. Every high school coach in the lower and upper South knows who Tommy Tuberville is.
Craig Littlepage can get along with any coach who is winning and that's the bottom line. Obviously London would come much cheaper than Tuberville or Al Golden of Temple, but London could always bring in an offensive guru like Charlie Weis to run his offense. I think London and Weis would get along fine; but I don't know if old Charlie would be willing to come to Virginia. I am very impressed with Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo and the Cavaliers found another great coach from the Naval Academy in George Welsh.
I have followed Virginia football since the days of Tom Scott and Joe Palumbo and now as a bona-fide member of the University of Virginia Alumni Association, I refuse to accept any form of mediocrity in any shape or fashion in any UVA Athletic program .
I would also take a long look at former UGA Law School grad Derek Dooley down at Louisiana Tech. Dooley can teach and he is a great organizer.
Two recruits that should be at the top of UVA's recruitment list are as follows :
1. Brendon Felder: 5'11", 165 pounds, 4.2 in the forty, Gateway High
School, Monroeville, PA.
2. Cullen Christian, Corner Back, Penn Hills High School, Penn
Christian's defensive backfield coach is Lou Rash who played defensive back for the Steerler's ,Green Bay, and Eagles of the NFL. Lou was a
teammate of All World Jerry Rice where he covered Jerry everyday in
practice at Mississippi Valley State. Cullen says he is going to Michigan but he would have a greater opportunity to play immediately at the Univesity of Virginia with other Four and Five Star recruits. Also UVA has better academics than Michigan and UVA also has the highest graduation rate for Blacks in the nation for public and private institutions.
Hopefully, a new Cavalier coach such as Mr. London will be able to fire up those new recruits and present rostered ball players in an effort that will restore pride and integrity to one of best all time college football programs in the country that has fallen on hard times.How could any potential College football recruit turn down the University of Virginia located in one of the most scenic valleys in the country(Shenandoah) after visiting such obscure places as Blacksburg Virginia, Ann Arbor, Michigan, State College, PA. or that backward hole in the wall in Morgantown, West Virginia, which reminds me of going back in times to the Hatfield's and the McCoy's.
The University of Virginia is rated as a top twenty academic school by all the people that rate Colleges and Universities such as U.S.World News Report, The Princeton Review, etc. The University of Virginia was the only school in the USA that had two African American (female) alumnae that were on President Obama's short list of candidates for the United States Supreme Court and they are as follows: MET Life Chief Litigation Counsel, Teresa Wynn Roseborough who earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1980, and Leah Ward Sears, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia who received her JD from Emory University School of Law in 1980. Mrs.Sears received her LL.M degree from the world famous University of Virginia School of Law in 1995.
The University of Virginia has produced some of the most talented extraordinary individuals in the world from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, leading scholars and experts in all academic fields, world renowned political scientists, top educators, leading business people such as Ralph Wilson owner of the Buffalo Bills outstanding athletes as Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals, The Barber twins Tiki and Ronde, James Farrior, Herman Moore, Bob Davis, Mary slaughter, Whitney Neuhauser, Monica Wright, and Dawn Staley etc.