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I claim this first UVa fan post...

Welcome to my insanity. I've been waiting for this moment for a long time...

So, this my first fan post, huh? I was originally going to tell my favorite UVa sports memory, but I think I'll let that wait till later. A good introduction, well, introduces yourself, so I guess I'll get to that. Born and raised by a mother who grew up in Crozet (yes! that little town that you only know by an exit sign!), it only seemed natural to me shout and roar for the dear ol' UVa. I've become a fan of many other teams in different sports over the years (including the college I actually attend, JMU), but I come here to get my UVA fandom on as I once did with vigor when I was younger. The first year I remember intently following UVa sports was Pete's last year (I have a vague, vague memory of George's last game. I was like 11 years old, and my mom seemed sad. That's it.). It was clear that the basketball program was not going in the right direction (I remember Pete as a hell of a recruiter, but a lousy ingame coach). And then the Leitao era began. This guy seemed to be doing all the right things. Hell, we even won an NCAA tournament game in impressive fashion (I will get to the Tennessee game in another fan post, I am still bitter over that)! As time dragged on, however, I realized the harsh reality was that Leitao's success was built upon Pete's impressive recruiting ability. And the longer Leitao stayed, the emptier Pete's cupboard got, and Dave's flaws began to become exposed. I was fortunate to meet him in person my senior year of high school, as he was going after James McAdoo, a good friend of mine and a current UNC commit. He was seriously considering going to UVA, and Dave decided to stop by (as many other bigtime coaches had), and talked to James. I remember how tall he was...it was almost intimidating. He was very gracious as I was excitedly peppering him with questions as to when Mikalauskas would return from his surgery. When Sean finally said goodbye (I was there! I even have the game information book from the Maryland game! And I'll eventually make a fan post completely devoted to SS44), I knew Leitao's days were numbered. The fact that we were so desperate to aim for the CIT just put the nail in the coffin. I don't feel like I can adequately judge the Bennett era after just one year, so I will withhold comment for now.

And that's it for today. Next time, I'll go into my UVA football experience...let's just say...I remember 2 seasons positively, one barely positive. Maybe it will help me forget this.

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