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With the relationship between the NBA owners and Players Association looking more and more like a rap feud between Soulja Boy and Ice-T, the likelihood of an NBA season this year is dwindling by the day. And while football will sustain the standard American sports fan until February, something will have to fill the void between the Super Bowl and MLB opening day for the average ESPN junkie to continue functioning. Granted, the hard core college sports fans among us can probably make do with college basketball, lacrosse and baseball. But it is slim pickings for us professional sports buffs.
Last Saturday's tussle against North Carolina at Chapel Hill held special meaning for Virginia redshirt freshman running back Kevin Parks. The Salisbury, N.C. native not only relished the opportunity to play in front of his hometown friends and family; he also yearned to prove himself against a school that spurned him coming out of high school.
Last season, then-junior placekicker Robert Randolph briefly earned national recognition for his dash into the end zone on an astounding fake field goal during a 48-55 loss at Duke. At the outset of his senior campaign, Randolph is making headlines the kicker's old-fashioned way - by putting the ball through the uprights.
In the build-up to Virginia's season-opening 40-3 triumph against William & Mary last week, speculation about the team's quarterback situation ran rampant.
Saturday afternoon's clash between Virginia and VMI will be the schools' first since 1991, but the Cavalier coaching staff's familiarity with the old in-state rival could play a vital role in the game's outcome.