December 19, 2013

Year in Review: New assistants

After a 4-8 season on the gridiron in 2012, Virginia's administration decided something needed to be done about the direction of the program. While head coach Mike London wasn't going anywhere just one year removed from being ACC Coach of the Year in 2011, several of his assistants were let go.

One of the big reasons those coaches were let go, and their eventual replacements chosen, came down to FBS experience. Of the four brought in from outside the program, three had previously served as college football head coaches.

Many on the outside expected the infusion of new coaches to have an immediate, positive impact. If that happened, it failed to result in any improvement when it comes to wins and losses, as the Cavaliers went 2-10 in what was their worst season in decades. Calls for coaching and administrative changes grew louder for an ever-increasingly demoralized fanbase as the team ended the year on a nine-game losing streak. At this point, Cavalier fans have to hope that the on-field struggles this season were a result of three main factors: youth in new schemes, lack of coaching cohesion, and poor offensive production/efficiency.

In this edition of Year In Review, we take a look at the new coaches on staff and how they fared in their first year at UVa.

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