10 Things I Learned Against Miami

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Jason Snelling had a solid outing on Senior Day.

Never apologize for a win. Ever. Miami may be down right now … but the Hoos have been, too. So was FSU a couple of weeks ago and that did not work out so well for Virginia. The Cavaliers needed to execute. They did. The Cavaliers needed a win. They got one, and on Senior Day. So no apologies accepted, here are 10 Things I Learned Against Miami.

1. Senior Day. I hate Senior Day. I really do. I am not sure if that is the right thing to say, but it’s the truth. It does not rise quite to the level of how much I hate going to weddings and funerals – yes, it bothers my wife that I tend to connect those two – but I hate Senior Day nonetheless.

Why? Simply put, I hate seeing the seniors move on. Don’t get me wrong. I am happy for the seniors, for the bright futures in front of them. But selfishly, I hate knowing that they are moving on.

It is hard not to get attached to these young men and their families. I feel honored to watch how they grow. Watching Marcus Hamilton grow in confidence and watching the grace and compassion with which he played the game. Watching Jason Snelling deal with physical problems but persevere. Watching Tony Franklin accept his mistakes and grow from them. Watching Christian Olsen grow into a real leader. Watching Deyon Williams grow in maturity, and watching his desire to be on the field with his teammates this year. Watching Davon Robb make an impact in the community. And I could go on and on and on.

I hate Senior Day.

2. The first drive. Going into this game, I believed that UVa’s first drive of the game was going to be far more important than it is in most games. It was.

Miami clearly came into this game with far too much on its mind. The team was reeling from a streak of losses. The off-the-field issues this season, particularly the recent loss of Bryan Pata, make it almost impossible for the

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