Happy Friday, Virginia fans! Tomorrow is... drum roll please... football’s season opener! And while we’re stoked about the ‘Hoos starting the season off against Richmond, we’re also stoked about a few other things like a new state-of-the-art outdoor tennis complex for Virginia tennis’ state-of-the-art program, De’Andre Hunter making headlines again and a hilarious tailgating van decked out for the Cavaliers. Things we’re not as excited about: the cost of Virginia’s nonconference games (Tech is shelling out some pretty pennies too, FWIW). Happy reading!
247Sports recaps Bronco Mendenhall’s first ACC Coaches Teleconference of the 2018 season. In Wednesday’s teleconference, Mendenhall talked about his QB, touching on Perkins’ explosiveness, speed, and his development as a leader before diving into the start of the season, the state of football, tempo and more. Read the full transcript on 247Sports.
Another day, another De’Andre Hunter headline. This time ACCSports takes a look at the redshirt sophomore’s potential on the defensive ends of things. He’s got the build, the talent and the training to become one of the ACC’s most menacing perimeter players as part of Tony Bennett’s famed Pack Line. ACCSports even thinks Hunter might have what it takes to challenge Isaiah Wilkins for the title of top UVA defender.
A New Home-Court Advantage (UVAToday)
Virginia unveiled plans for a new outdoor tennis complex adjacent to the Boar’s Head Sports Club to replace the Snyder Tennis Center. The game-changing complex will include “six collegiate competition courts and one exhibition court, as well as a pavilion that will house locker rooms, coaches’ offices, a strength and conditioning area, a sports medicine area, space for academic support, and a nutrition station,” per the article. Virginia’s indoor courts are already located at the Boar’s Head.
The cost of nonconference games continues to rise, but in-state rivals Tech and UVA have kept costs as low as they can by scheduling games farther in advance than many other programs. Virginia’s nonconference schedule for 2018 will cost the program $1,855,000 — a number that’s actually really low compared to many other programs. Teams in the SEC sometimes pay as much as $1 million for a single game.
That’s right ‘Hoos, you can buy an fully-decked-out-orange-and-blue-roll-’Hoos tailgate van for only $1,800. No, this is not a sponsored ad. But the 1993 Chevy G20 van and the for sale ad are worth taking a peek at, even just for fun.
Former Virginia tennis star Dom Inglot advances to the second round of the 2018 U.S. Open for men’s doubles.