2008 Virginia Cavaliers football team


2008 Virginia Cavaliers football team

:"Main Virginia Cavaliers football article: Virginia Cavaliers football"NCAATeamFootballSeason
Year=2008
Team=Virginia Cavaliers


Conference=Atlantic Coast Conference
Division=Coastal
ShortConference=ACC
Record= 3-3
ConfRecord= 1-1
CoachRank=
APRank=
BCSRank=
HeadCoach=Al Groh
OffCoach= Mike Groh
DefCoach=Bob Pruett
OScheme=West Coast
DScheme=3–4
StadiumArena=Scott Stadium
Champion=
BowlTourney=
BowlTourneyResult=

The 2008 Virginia Cavaliers Football Team represented the University of Virginia in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's coach is coach Al Groh. It plays its home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Preseason

The 2008 preseason began in early January, with the loss of starting quarterback Jameel Sewell due to academic inelegibility as well as three other players who were not enrolled for the Spring 2008 semester; junior cornerback Chris Cook, freshman wide receiver Chris Dalton and freshman linebacker Darnell Carter. cite news |url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/17/AR2008011702761.html |title=U-Va.'s Sewell Not Enrolled For the Spring |last=Kilgore |first=Adam |work=Washington Post |date=2008-01-18]

In February 2008, defensive back Mike Brown was arrested by UVa police and charged with one count each of grand larceny, possession of stolen property with intent to sell, altering serial numbers, and possession of marijuana. Al Groh said of the situation, "At this time we are currently gathering the facts. In view of the nature of the allegation, Mike Brown is not participating with the program at this time."cite web |url=http://www.wsls.com/sls/sports/college/college_football/article/uva_football_player_arrested/6688/ |work=WSLS |title=UVA football player arrested |date=2008-03-03 |accessdate=2008-09-19] Also in February, defensive end Jeffery Fitzgerald left the school, and subsequently the team, after allegations of honor code violations; the university stating that, "Fitzgerald is no longer enrolled and will never play again for the 'Hoos." [cite web |url=http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?s=7929878 |title=Fitzgerald Leaves University of Virginia |work=NBC-29 |last=Hudtloff |first=Marty |accessdate=2008-09-19] [cite news |url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/03/AR2008080301703.html |title=Five Questions for Virginia |last=Kilgore |first=Adam |work=Washington Post |date=2008-08-04 ]

Peter Lalich Controversy

On July 24, 2008, Peter Lalich, quarterback, was charged with unlawful purchase and possession of an alcohol, a misdemeanor. Coach Groh would not comment on the charge, and stated that any disciplinary action would be dealt with internally, within the team. Lalich's case has been continued until July 21, 2009, at which point his charges will be dropped should he avoid further trouble.cite web |url=http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-07-24-0189.html |title=U.Va. QB lalich Charged with Alcohol Posession |last=White |first=Jeff |date=2008-07-24 |accessdate=2008-09-19]

On September 5, 2008, it was reported that Lalich had admitted to court officials that he had used marijuana and alcohol while on supervised probation. The voluntary admission came during a regular probation interview with officials from the office of Offender Aid and Restoration/Virginia Alcohol Safety Program. He is scheduled for a hearing on September 26th. [cite news |url=http://www.dailyprogress.com/cdp/sports/cavalier_insider/ci_football/article/more_charges_for_uvas_lalich/27361/ |title=More charges for UVa’s Lalich |last=McKenzie |first=Bryan |work=Daily Progress |date=2008-09-05 ] On September 10, 2008 it was announced through a statement from Virginia's sports information office that Lalich would not be starting in the September 13 game against the University of Connecticut. [cite news |url=http://www.roanoke.com/sports/breaking/wb/176395 |title=UVa QB Lalich won't play Saturday |work=Roanoke Times |last=Doughty |first=Doug |date=2008-09-10]

On Thursday, September 18, Lalich admitted that he had violated the terms of his probation. [cite web|url=http://www.dailypress.com/sports/spt_lalich_0919,0,7961835.story|title=UVa dismisses Lalich from team|date=2008-09-18|accessdate=2008-09-18|publisher=Daily Press] . Later the same day, he was dismissed from the Cavalier football team. [cite web|url=http://myespn.go.com/blogs/acc/0-2-161/UVA-QB-Lalich-off-the-team.html|title=UVA QB Lalich off the team|date=2008-09-18|accessdate=2008-09-18|publisher=ESPN] In a statement, UVA Athletic Director Craig Littlepage said, "We have supported Peter, but believe today a point has been reached where it’s best for all concerned that [Peter] no longer participate on the team. This is my decision, and it has support of head football coach Al Groh. We wish Peter the best in the future." [cite web |url=http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/sports.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-09-18-0231.html |title=U.Va. football team dismisses QB Lalich |last=White |first=Jeff |date=2008-09-18 |accessdate=2008-09-19]

Schedule

[cite web |url=http://www.virginiasports.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=88792&SPID=10606&DB_OEM_ID=17800&Q_SEASON=2008 |title=Football - 2008 Schedule / Scores |work=VirginiaSports.com |accessdate=2008-09-19] CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = l
date = August 30
nonconf = yes
away =
time = 3:30 pm
rank =
opponent = USC
opprank = 2
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
tv = ABC
score = 7-52
attend = 64,947
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = September 6
nonconf = yes
time = 3:45 pm
rank =
opponent = Richmond
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
tv = ESPNU
score = 16-0
overtime =
attend = 51,007
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = l
date = September 13
nonconf = yes
away = yes
time = 7:30 pm
rank =
opponent = Connecticut
site_stadium = Rentschler Field
site_cityst = East Hartford, CT
tv = ESPNU
score = 10-45
gamename =
overtime =
attend = 40,000 [cite web|url=http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/worksheet.jsp?year=2008&game=200800000016420080913.xml|title=Game Summary - Connecticut vs. Virginia Game Date: 09/13/08|date=2008-09-14|accessdate=2008-09-25|publisher=NCAA]
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = l
date = September 27
nonconf =
away = yes
time = 12:00 pm
rank =
opprank =
opponent = Duke
site_stadium = Wallace Wade Stadium
site_cityst = Durham, NC
tv = ESPNU
score = 3-31
overtime =
attend = 25,527
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = October 4
nonconf =
time = 7:00 pm
rank =
opprank =
opponent = Maryland
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
tv = ESPNU
score = 31-0
overtime =
attend = 50,727
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = October 11
nonconf = yes
time = 12:00 pm
rank =
away =
opprank =
opponent = East Carolina
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
tv = Raycom
score = 35-20
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l =
date = October 18
nonconf =
homecoming =
time = 3:30 pm
nonconf =
rank =
opprank =
opponent = North Carolina
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
gamename =
tv = ABC/ESPN2
score =
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l =
date = October 25
nonconf =
time =
away = yes
rank =
opprank =
opponent = Georgia Tech
site_stadium = Bobby Dodd Stadium
site_cityst = Atlanta, GA
gamename =
tv =
score =
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l =
date = November 1
nonconf =
homecoming = yes
time =
rank =
away =
opprank =
opponent = Miami
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
gamename =
tv =
score =
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l =
date = November 8
nonconf =
homecoming =
time =
rank =
away = yes
opprank =
opponent = Wake Forest
site_stadium = BB&T Field
site_cityst = Winston-Salem, NC
gamename =
tv =
score =
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l =
date = November 22
nonconf =
time =
away =
rank =
opprank =
opponent = Clemson
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
gamename =
tv =
score =
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l =
date = November 29
nonconf =
time =
rank =
away = yes
opprank =
opponent = Virginia Tech
site_stadium = Lane Stadium
site_cityst = Blacksburg, VA
gamename =
tv =
score =
overtime =
attend =

Coaching staff

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References

External links

* [http://www.virginiasports.com Official University of Virginia Sports]
* [http://www.thesabre.com TheSabre.com]


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