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Thanksgiving Week Thoughts

Posted on November 21, 2017, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

First off, I believe I can speak for all of us at HOOS Place when I say thank you to all those who have donated and become Hoo Friends.  Also, thank you to all for the great comments and acknowledgements.  We appreciate it all and it motivates us to keep going.  Second, I want to thank StLouHoo, Kendall, and Karl Hess for joing as contributors.  Their content is top notch and has made this site more than I ever dreamed it would be when I started it.

You might have noticed some things. One, the Donate! buttons are not active. We had recurrent issues with some hackers using our site to check their lists of stolen credit card numbers, received precious little technical su...

On the Eve of a New Era

Posted on October 25, 2017, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

The announced retirement of Craig Littlepage after 16 years as Director of Athletics at the University of Virginia created an opportunity for the University to usher in a new era in the program's history.  It has done just that by hiring Dr. Carla Williams.  Littlepage succeeded Terry Holland, under whom he had served not just in the Athletics Department but also on the men's basketball coaching staff back in the early 1980s.  Williams is completely new to UVA.

We at HOOS Place have each put our thoughts to screen as to what we think this hiring means for the future of University of Virginia Athletics.

StLouHoo starts us off by Kicking Over Strawmen.  Initial reac...

Earned Not Given

Posted on October 25, 2017, in Blog by Kendall.

This isn’t the story of a former star athlete who was rewarded with a high-profile position. This isn’t an “appearances” thing; it's not a PC thing; it's not a public relations move. No, Carla Williams’ route to the top was to earn a college scholarship as a player, become the first in her family to earn a college degree, become a coach, earn a master’s degree, transition into administration, earn a Ph.D., get promoted, then get promoted again, then get promoted again and again, then land the big chair as Director of Athletics at UVA. Ultimately, she beat out purported/assumed candidates Boo Corrigan (AD at Army), Danny White (AD at UCF), and Brian...