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London to Hire Jim Reid as Defensive Coordinator

Jim Reid, courtesy Miami DolphinsThe Daily Progress is reporting that an announcement is expected to come tomorrow (Monday) for the hiring of Jim Reid, the current outside linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins, as Defensive Coordinator for Virginia. Reid will be the first coach that new Virginia head coach Mike London will have hired outside of his Richmond staff.

Reid has spent the past two years in the NFL, where he's been with the Dolphins since January of 2008.

Immediately coming out of college, where he played football for Maine, Reid spent 19 years coaching at UMass, including 2 as a graduate assistant, 11 as an assistant, and 6 as head coach. While head coach, Reid produced a 36-29-1 record, including three Yankee Conference titles and two Yankee Conference Coach of the Year awards.

After UMass, Reid spent three years as Defensive Coordinator (the only time in his career he has been in this position). The first two were at Richmond, and the third was at Boston College.

He then returned to Richmond where he served as head coach for nine seasons, during which time he ran a 48-53-1 record, including a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference titles and a pair of A10 Coach of the Year awards.

Following, he spent a year at Syracuse and a year at Bucknell, both as assistants. He then took over at VMI for two seasons as head coach, compiling just a 3-19 record.

Remember that Coach London is a defensive man himself. So the question remains: who will serve as Virginia's next offensive coordinator? Is there any truth to the rumors that former UVa OC Bill Musgrave, who is now QB coach with the Atlanta Falcons, is the top target? Is it asking too much to consider Texas Tech shutout Mike Leach?