He’s going to need more than just the attitude to raise Virginia’s struggling program out of the bottom tier of the ACC…but, it is nice to see this.
“If our mentality is, ‘Hey, we only lost by a few tonight and that’s a good thing,’ that’s not where I’m trying to go with this program. No matter who shows up, or how many show up, or what the odds are for or against us, what I want in everybody’s mind is that when the ball is tossed up, we’re trying to win. If we don’t, then we’ll try to correct it so we have a chance to win the next one,” Leitao said.
I don’t know much about Leitao, but I am going to be interested in watching what he is going to do at Virginia; his comments read quite similar to the historical demeanor and perspectives of the likes of Tom Izzo and Rick Barnes.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Dave Leitao since he came on board as Virginia’s basketball coach last spring is that he’s a no nonsense, no excuse kind of guy.
For a little more on Leitao, you can check out the ACC Area Sports Journal’s archives for some info.
Since taking the Virginia job, Leitao frequently has asked friends to give him a reason why the Cavaliers can’t be successful. He has a ready-made answer when he is reminded of the Duke-North Carolina axis at the top of the ACC standings.
“You can finish first or you can finish fifth in the ACC and still have a chance to win the national championship,” Leitao said. “Maryland has proven that. Georgia Tech has proven that. There’s plenty of room at the top.”
My crystal ball isn’t as clear as it once was…but, I’m going throw out a scenario for you:
I am projecting that Skip Prosser bolts Wake Forest for the University of Cincinnati this year. As much as I think that Ron Wellman is easily one of the ten best Athletics Directors in the country, I think that this hire may be more difficult for the Deacons. With that said, perhaps Leitao has a great opportunity to elevate Virginia in the ACC in light of Georgia Tech’s recent inconsistency and my projections for Wake’s potential hiccup.
I’m just talking for fun. That’s what fans do.