I'm Central Virginia born and raised, a 2010 UVa graduate, and have been a Virginia fan since the late 90s, so I've seen some bad football and basketball (though the tide seems to be turning), but also some great moments, including in my first year when Sean Singletary, JR Reynolds, and the rest of the Hoos nearly led the team to the Sweet 16, the 2007 Chris Long-fueled football success, and the first season of Tony Bennett during my fourth year, when the overall record wasn't positive, but the blueprint was laid for the success we see now. I also attended my first UVa baseball game in 2004, which coincidentally was Brian O'Connor's first season at the school. Since fall 2010, I've been chronicling my thoughts on UVa sports with a blog of my own, Amped Up, at http://aaronampedup.blogspot.com. There, I've been able to write about the rise of Bennett's program, the optimism and then downfall of the Mike London era, the rebirth of the football program under Bronco Mendenhall, and also the baseball team's surprise run to the 2015 College World Series title.

Hooamp's Articles:

A first look at Gardner-Webb

Posted on March 17, 2019, in The Team by Hooamp.

No. 1 Virginia (29-3) vs. No.16 Gardner-Webb (23-11), Friday, about 3:10 p.m., truTV

Virginia ended up with the second overall seed in the tournament behind Duke, which downed Florida State 73-63 in the conference championship. UVa got the No. 1 seed in the South Region, meaning if it wins its first two games, it will play in the Sweet 16 in Louisville.

Salt and the Five Pillars

Posted on March 9, 2019, in The Team by Hooamp.

Passion. Unity. Thankfulness. Servanthood. Humility.

Perhaps no one embodies the five pillars of Virginia basketball quite like Jack Salt, UVa's lone senior day honoree.

Salt is a fifth-year senior who came over from New Zealand, where he played lots of volleyball. To travel halfway across the world, get into a world-class university and play a spor...