Haaaaappy Thursday, Hoos! Today we’ve got: Carla Williams on her plans for the future of Virginia athletics from UVA Magazine, a 2018 season recap for men’s lacrosse and a look ahead at 2019 and an announcement from former Virginia basketball coach and current ODU coach Jeff Jones. Oh, and Alexis Ohanian Sr. showed some UVA spirit while cheering on his wife, Serena Williams aka the GOAT, at the U.S. Open. Read away, my friends, read away.
David Teel dove into the new AD’s plans for Virginia Athletics in this impressive profile for UVa Magazine. For Williams the game plan is simple, “fix football and facilities, and the rest falls into place,” Teel writes.
“Williams believes upgrading facilities and reviving a long-flagging football program can elevate Virginia to new competitive heights, and she’s confident she can accomplish it all without compromising the academic values of an institution that U.S. News & World Report ranks as the nation’s No. 3 public university.”
A successful football program is a valuable commodity, Williams notes. It means more money for the rest of the athletics programs, and more talent coming to Virginia. Basketball is already doing everything it can for Virginia, and getting football to the same level of success as Tony Bennett’s team is Williams’ No. 1 focus. The piece is well worth your time if you have a few minutes to spare.
The College Crosse crew took a look at the men’s lacrosse team’s 2018 season, from their slow start to the season through their first ACC win in four years and first NCAA tournament appearance in three. With fall ball just around the corner, College Crosse then looked ahead to what 2019 will bring in Lars Tiffany’s third season at Virginia for Michael Kraus, Dox Aitken, a hopefully-healthy Ryan Conrad and the rest of Virginia’s roster.
ODU head coach Jeff Jones is being treated for a recurrence of prostate cancer that he was first diagnosed with three years ago. He still plans to continue coaching through treatment.
Jones, a former four-year starter for the Cavaliers basketball team, joined UVA’s coaching staff after graduation. He spent eight seasons as an assistant coach under Terry Holland before taking over as the program’s eighth head coach in 1990. In his eight-year’s in at the helm, Jones led Virginia to six postseason appearances, one regular-season ACC Championship and four 20-win campaigns. He resigned at the end of the 1997-98 season.
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It’s a tough dating world out there, even if you’re the starting safety of an undefeated Power 5 school. If you’re not though, and you’re wondering how you can grab the attention of that special someone on social media, just follow Thornhill’s lead.
Alexis Ohanian Sr., also known as Serena Williams’ husband, is the co-founder of Reddit and fun fact: he’s a Virginia grad. Ohanian was spotted sporting a UVA hat as he cheered on Serena at the U.S. Open in New York this week. Another fun fact for ya: Williams’ hitting partner, Jarmere Jenkins, is also a UVA alum. He played tennis at the University from 2010-2013.
(It should be worth noting that our own Danny Neckel was the one who found and took this screenshot.)
There were also a few familiar names who made the PFF ACC Team of the Week — LB Chris Peace, CB Darrius Bratton, S Joey Blount, and RB Jordan Ellis all made the cut after the teams win in their season opener against Richmond.