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Test Campaigns Begin With Lowe's Home Improvement
Recently, we told you about some upcoming "pilot" sponsor campaigns that will help us sign long-term sponsorship deals that will shape the future of our web site, its success, and our ability to improve the site for you. (Read the announcement here) You'll recall that we need your help to make these pilot campaigns succeed. Get your game face on, because it's time. The Adventures of CavMan video is rolling. Countdown to kickoff is ticking. Time to play Hoos!
First up is Lowe's Home Improvement. Lowe's is running a very cool NCAA Final Four "Cut Down The Nets" promotion that provides every Lowe's customer, from March 1 - April 10, 2007, the opportunity to win a trip for you and three guests for five days and four nights to the 2008 NCAA Men's Final Four.
Our job is to promote awareness of this exciting opportunity by driving people to the web page Lowe's has set up that provides all the details on how you can participate. When it comes to showing support for Lowe's introductory sponsorship of The Sabre, this one is a lay-up. All you have to do is click any of the Lowe's banners, skyscrapers, message board promos (the posts at the top of our boards), and/or links on the sponsor's page for details.
Or, to make it really easy, you can just click the logo:
There's another way we can get feedback to Lowe's and convince them of the power of our community - you can tell them yourself in your own words how much you value the investment they are making in TheSabre! If you've got a Lowe's story, even something as simple as saying "thanks", or just want to offer feedback or commentary about Lowe's Home Improvement, email it to us here, and we'll put the emails together and pass them on to Lowe's. Remember, we want the collective voice of our community to be heard loud and clear.
Thanks for your help on this one, and there's more coming later, so be alert for what's next.
Kris Wright and Mike Ingalls
This Week In Recruiting
By Chris Horne
Football recruiting .
UVa's February 24th junior day was a success, as the Cavs have come away with two verbal commitments from the weekend in 6-7, 290-pound Turpin (Cincinnati, OH) OL Aaron VanKuiken and 6-6, 230-pound Menasha (WI) tight end/outside linebacker/defensive end Tyler Westphal.
VanKuiken actually committed on the junior day, while Westphal committed last Wednesday. Virginia now has three commitments for the 2008 recruiting class. 6-7, 265-pound Gilmour (Middlefield, OH) OL Matt Mihalik committed to UVa last September.
Stay tuned for more on VanKuiken and Westphal this week.
The UVa staff hopes the number 24 continues to bring good luck, as they have scheduled another junior day for Saturday, March 24th. A few prospects who may make the trip include 6-8, 305-pound Manasquan (N.J.) OL Art Forst and 5-11, 195-pound Churchville-Chili (Churchville, N.Y.) running back Averin Collier.
Forst and Collier have both visited Virginia before - Forst attended the home football game versus N.C. State last fall, while Collier was in Charlottesville last summer for an AAU basketball tournament. Coincidentally, Collier's AAU basketball coach is former UVa basketball player Cade Lemcke.
Check out the EDGE for articles on both Forst and Collier. Both have been offered by the staff.
Basketball recruiting .
Hargrave Military Academy's postgraduate basketball squad saw its season come to an end over the weekend. The squad went out on a winning note, capturing the First Piedmont Invitational Championship with a 112-72 win over Massanutten Prep. Hargrave finishes the season with a 25-4 record.
In the season finale, University of Virginia recruit Mike Scott scored 20 points and hauled in eight boards. It was an impressive performance in what was an impressive season for the 6-8, 215-pound Scott, who was a consistent scorer and rebounder throughout the season for head coach Kevin Keatts.
Versatile, he has the ability to score inside and outside and, according to a credible source who witnessed a few Hargrave games this season, Scott has an excellent "second leap," meaning he is quick to grab his own misses for put-backs. This source believes Scott is a national top 75 player.
Stay tuned today for an update on the talented forward.
Chris Horne, our resident recruiting expert, provides updates throughout the week for Edge subscribers about UVa's commitments and recruiting targets in football and men's basketball. To sign up for an Edge subscription, please check out the Sabre Edge Sign Up and Information Page. If you're already on board as an Edge subscriber, click the links below to catch up on recruiting.
Sabre Edge recruiting updates from the past week ...
A Decision Coming Soon for Boyce?
Jr. Day Visitor: Dyrell Roberts Adds Offer #2
Recap: Junior Day a Success
More updates since the last SabreMail ...
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Blog Post of the Week
This blog post from Vandy-Hoo addresses a growing message board topic: Virginia's so-called weak ACC schedule.
More myth busting on Virginia's schedule
Of course, not too many minutes passed after Virginia earned its share of the regular season championship and the #2 seed in the ACC tourney before Lunardi and his ilk started looking for excuses. Their favorite mantra: Virginia allegedly had an easy conference schedule.
Well, we've busted this myth before, and it's time to do it again.
My method was even simpler than the last time. We now know who the top six teams are in the conference. So, let's count up the number of times that the schools in the top half played their top-six brothers. Looking at this breakdown, Virginia had to play the top half of the conference as many times as Carolina (with the same road/home makeup), and more than Maryland, BC, and Georgia Tech. So, if anyone had an easy go, it was BC and Georgia Tech. Virginia's conference schedule was similar in difficulty to the Heels and barely easier than one other team.
Read the entire entry here.
Post of the Week
This Post of the Week comes from the Women's Basketball board. Many have tackled this topic in recent weeks, but HooKnew executed a message board post exactly like anyone should: The thoughts are coherent, well thought out, and the post has evidence to back up the reasoning. Whether you agree or disagree with a post - and surely you will disagree from time to time - this post shows how it's done.
Subject: State of the program (long)
Based on what I saw this year, the talent gap between us and the Big Three (MD, UNC, and Duke) is widening. We have a few ACC caliber players in Wright, Littles, and Zoll. Kellum has potential. That's about it. The biggest key to a turnaround in the program is simply getting better talent and more of it. Can we do a better job of recruiting? So far I would say the evidence is not good. Last fall's signing period was an almost disaster, striking out on every player of consequence. MD in particular took us to the woodshed by grabbing Rodgers, Mingo, and Strickland. Duke took Thomas and Campbell felt UCLA was a better place to pursue her basketball and medical aspirations. Campbell is the poster child for the current state of our recruiting. Here's an in-state kid from our back yard who's an excellent student and plays a position of need and decides to go to the left coast. So we were 0-7 on our key targets with only Kelly Hartig to show for our efforts. Now heading into spring we are looking at a few HS kids, JUCOs and perhaps some international players. Not a good place to be. In addition, the key 2008 class is off to a rough start with both Shegog and White (both in-state kids and Top 25 talents) heading to UNC. The women's program stands in stark contrast to the aggressive, leave-no-stone-unturned approach of the men's program under DL. I am not at all confident that the current women's staff can recruit the type of talent necessary to turn this program around. I found it enlightening when just a few years ago a player who picked MD over UVA and other programs called MD's recruiting "relentless." Regardless of what you think of the MD staff, I doubt if you will ever hear any recruit call our staff relentless, high- energy, or any of the other terms used with other coaching staffs. To be blunt, the top kids do not see us competing on the national stage. They have no memory of our glory days of Dawn and the Burge twins, etc.
So where do we go from here? At some point, Craig will sit down with Debbie as he does with all his coaches and will do an assessment of the program. I'm sure some concern will be expressed but I'm also sure Debbie will point out the injury to Mohammed, player losses, and bad luck as reasons for the season and will paint a brighter picture of the future. I'm also just as sure that a year from now those of us still caring about women's basketball will be having this same discussion as we sit yet again on the NCAA bubble with blow out losses to UMD, Duke, and UNC and unexplainable loses to mid-major teams. I do not see DR stepping down yet and I do not see her making any changes to her staff. And let's face it, why would any top assistant consider a move to UVA with DR's status so uncertain over the next few years? So I do not foresee any changes to the current coaching staff.
If there are no changes made after this season is finally over, then I think it signals that Littlepage and the administration are willing to tolerate the current state of the program until Debbie finally retires. I think that represents a sad state of affairs if true. What we saw this year was not an anomaly but the continuation of a trend that has extended over the better part of ten years. I'm convinced that if this were anyone other than Debbie leading the program, they would have been let go by now. No coach, however, should be bigger than the program. If the highest paid coach in the ACC with abundant resources and now one of the top facilities in the country isn't getting it done then something needs to be done. You cannot have two sets of standards. One that sets out a high standard of excellence of competing for national titles and another that applies to the women's basketball program. What kind of mixed message does that send to the University community and the other sports programs? This program has potentially a lot going for it. We have state-of-the-art facilities and a great university with top academics and social environment to sell to top prospects. There is no reason we should not be a top 25 program and in the NCAAs every year. The University certainly deserves a better return on its investment in the program given the resources it puts there. I'm convinced with the right person leading the program we can be competing again at the top of the ACC. Just take a look at how quickly programs that were down such as MD and Duke turned around under their current coaches. So the question is how much additional time do we give Debbie to turn the program around? In the life of any athletics program there comes a time to make a change and move forward. In my opinion, that time has come. This program needs new leadership and renewed energy not more of the status quo. The fans, students, and most of all the players deserve it.
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Issue No. 231 - March 3, 2006
Groh Announces Coaching Assignments
The four additions to the UVa staff are Mike London, Steve Bernstein, Bob Diaco and Dave Borbely. The 2006 Virginia Coaching Assignments follow:
| What's New on TheSabre.com?
The regular season has ended for the Virginia basketball teams and postseason play is ready to roll. The baseball team just wrapped up a 12-0 homestand and both lacrosse teams defeated Syracuse. In other words, there is buzz all around Charlottesville about the various Cavalier teams. The Sabre has plenty of content to keep you excited about the Hoos! Here's a sneak peak at some of the articles to expect on the site in the coming days:
In Case You Missed It ...
Sabre articles since the last SabreMail
Deacons Drop Hoos
Forward Progress Keys UVa Win Over VT
Hoos Top Hokies, Take Over First Place
Scouting Report: Virginia Tech, Game 2
Seniors Ready As VT Comes To Town
Vandy-Hoo: Looking Forward To It
Photo Gallery: Virginia 75, Georgia Tech 69
5 Things I Learned From Maryland To GT
Wright Named ACC Rookie of the Year
Enough Or Too Much? Dynamic Duo Delivers Again
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