10 Things I Learned … Clemson

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A few weeks ago, we discussed whether UVa’s four-game winning streak was the best such streak of the Al Groh era. Discussing where the current three-game losing streak fits? Not so much fun. So we will limit the pain and only discuss the most recent loss, a loss to a very beatable Clemson team this past weekend. Not much fun there either.

Senior captains Cedric Peerman , Clint Sintim , and John Phillips take the field.

1. Senior Day. Let me be clear: I hate Senior Day. Always have, always will.

I think the reason is tied up in my DNA. Simply put, change is not one of my favorite things. Pick a hairdo, keep it for a couple of decades. Get married, stay married. Have a favorite food and stick to it forever. Pick one “favorite” team and stay a life-long fan through thick and thin. Throw away clothes when they finally start to come apart at the seams, fashion trends be darned. Buy a truck and drive it until the wheels fall off … and then buy another truck. Nope, not much change in my life.

So then we get to Senior Day, a day in which one cannot help but think about change, think about the players – and just as importantly, their families – who have been around the program for four or five years but will not be around in quite the same way in the future. Yes, they are always welcome and yes, they will return. But something will change. Something necessarily has to change.

Yeah, I hate Senior Day.

Some years are particularly difficult, too. This year is one of those years. Some of the players moving on were great players, no doubt, but it is the loss of little things that often stand out. If you have ever sat anywhere close to the parents of one of the graduating players, you will understand. If you have had a chance to talk to players like Jon Copper or Byron Glaspy, players who came to UVa for the love of the school and played football for the love of the game, you will understand. If you have followed the way that Eugene Monroe

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