The summer of 2017 was not one of the high marks of Virginia Basketball.  We watched in horror as a string of players in whom Tony Bennett had invested a lot of time, energy and belief committed to other programs, some of them after having given Tony a verbal commitment while on a visit.  Players from Virginia cool-played Tony then went out of state.  The only visitors who came to Grounds and stuck around Charlottesville were a bunch of...

Key Waiver Approved!

Posted on October 22, 2018, in The Team by Seattle Hoo.

At long last, the wait is over for Braxton Key and Wahoo Nation.  The basketball office announced today that the NCAA has granted Key's waiver and he will be eligible to play this season.  Key will be a junior this year, slated to graduate with Mamadi Diakite, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy.  He gives the Cavaliers another experienced option, having played 30 minutes per game as a freshman and 25 as a sophomore (he missed 10 games of his sophomore season with a leg injury).  At 6-8, 225 pounds, Key is a powerfully-built combo forward with plus athleticism.  He entered college at Alabama as a consensus top-60 recruit at #59 in 247Sports' composite ranking and #56 in the R...

Florida State is arguably the best women’s soccer program in the ACC this past decade.  They have won the ACC tournament 5 times, the regular season title twice, and were national champions in 2014. During the regular season, though, the Cavaliers have owned the Seminoles, going 10 – 0 - 1 at home and we have an overall series record of 19 – 6 – 6.

Which trend line was going to prevail?

Duke Is Duke

Posted on October 19, 2018, in Football by Karl Hess.

Fresh off of the emotional, signature win over 15th ranked Miami at Scott Stadium, the Hoos hit the road again. The destination is the Triangle region of North Carolina for the second time this year. Playing host will be the Duke Blue Devils (5-1, 1-1). Duke will be another solid but beatable opponent. What can the Hoos do to return home one win away from bowl eligibility?

Game Uniform

Syracuse came to Klockner on Thursday to take on our 6th ranked women, and they parked the bus. Did it work?



Go For It

Posted on October 17, 2018, in Football by MaizeAndBlueWahoo.

So when I took this gig, I did so with the idea of getting back to that aspect of blogging that appealed to me in the first place, which is heavy on the just plain writing and light on rabbit-hole analysis.  And in the future, that's pretty much the direction my weekly-ish writings will go.

For now, though, I can't help myself.  The Miami game set it up on a tee.  The siren call of the rabbit hole calls, and I must follow.

Opponent Watch: 10/17

Posted on October 17, 2018, in Football by StLouHoo.


Hoo Matchup Date/Location: Sat, 10/20 @ Duke

This week's result: Won 28-14 vs Georgia Tech (Away)

Duke's offense took advantage of three short fields off of GT turnovers to do the bulk of its scoreboard damage, scoring 21 third quarter points in the process. QB Daniel Jones was efficient with 200 yards on 17/27 passing and 3 TDs vs onl...

New Location, Old Standard

Posted on October 15, 2018, in The Team by MaizeAndBlueWahoo.

Hello.  Or hello again, if you’re lucky enough to have read my scribblings at my old blog, From Old Virginia, and kind enough to remember doing so.  Someone clearly did, because just as I was fiddling with the idea of creating a few more scribblings, the good folks here at Hoos Place offered their platform for just that.  I took it as a sign.

By way of (re-)introduction, I’ve decided I need to start with a foundation.  Kind of lik...

Well, it was just Pitt...

Posted on October 15, 2018, in Soccer(W) by Valentine.

In the five years since Pittsburgh has joined the ACC, the women had met five times with Virginia holding a perfect 5 – 0 record and outscoring the Panthers 28 – 2. After Sunday’s game, the streak is alive and well.



Hurricane Warning

Posted on October 12, 2018, in Football by Karl Hess.

As one hurricane departs the Commonwealth, another arrives. The new arrival is certainly less destructive but its intentions are also anything but benign. The bye week expires today and the Hoos are poised to take the field again against another worthy challenger. Miami will make landfall at Scott Stadium ranked 16th in the AP Poll and 15th in the Coaches Poll. The Canes sport a 6-1 record and are fresh off of a 28 to 27 come from behind win over FSU. That was a game in which they trailed 27 to 7. 

On October 15, 2018, HOOS Place presents "The Bounce Back", the 2018-19 Virginia Basketball Season Preview, featuring player scouting reports, ACC team reports, features and more! Click for more info.