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NCAA Football: Virginia at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Junior guard and recent Final Four Most Outstanding Player Kyle Guy announced his decision to test out the NBA waters yesterday - the third UVA player in two days to do so. As opposed to De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome, however, Guy explicitly stated the possibility of him returning for his senior season. Also on Tuesday, football added their third member of the 2020 class in four-star defensive back Bud Clark.

Virginia’s title puts an exclamation point on ACC’s decade of postseason dominance (The Virginian Pilot)

Some nice perspective on how UVA’s national championship built on an already successful ACC postseason history.

Wayne Taulapapa emerging in UVA’s backfield as possible replacement for Jordan Ellis (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

One of the storylines of UVA’s spring practices so far has been the emergence of sophomore running back Wayne Taulapapa, who, despite being just a two-star lightly recruited player coming out of high school, has turned the coaching staff’s heads in the offseason so far. According to Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall, “He’s here every day and he’s produced every day, more so right now than his competitors.” Fans will have to wait and see if Taulapapa earns the starting nod at the start of the 2019 season, as fellow sophomore P.K. Kier, as well as juniors Lamont Atkins and Jamari Peacock, also figure to be a part of the conversation.

Women’s soccer’s Mia Hoen-Beck provides an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes for UVA athletics, taking a tour of the school’s temporary Training Grounds. In just a few short years, Virginia’s Master Plan hopes to replace these facilities with a state-of-the-art Olympic Sports Training Center.

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