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Charlottesville, VA – Virginia Sports Properties, a division of CBS Collegiate Sports Properties, the multi-media rights partner of the Virginia athletics department, announced today that former Cavalier defensive end Chris Slade has joined the Virginia Sports Network. Slade will serve as the sideline reporter for Cavalier football games after Tim Sherman decided not to return for the 2009 season. Slade joins the radio crew of play-by-play announcer Dave Koehn and former Virginia great Frank Quayle.

“I would like to thank Tim Sherman for his contributions to the Virginia Sports Network over the last three seasons,” said Executive Associate Athletics Director Jon Oliver. “Many Virginia fans remember Chris Slade as one the great defensive players in ACC history. His analysis of the game and interaction with Coach Groh and the student-athletes after the game will enhance our broadcast coverage. I’m excited to have him back working with our football program on a regular basis.”

“It’s an honor to come back to a place that has always been in my heart,” Slade said “Coming back to the University and working with the football program again is something I’ve always been interested in. This is a great opportunity for me to stay in football now that my playing days are through and the chance to work with Coach Groh again is special.”

Slade, the first Virginia football player to earn first-team All-American honors in back-to-back seasons, lettered at Virginia from 1989 to 1992. He set Virginia and ACC career records for quarterback sacks with 40, including 31 unassisted. A team captain in 1992, Slade was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 by Football News and was a first-team All-America selection in both 1991 and 1992.

“The Virginia Sports Network is pleased to have Chris Slade join us on the sidelines this year for all of our football broadcasts,” said Jim Kuznar, general manager of Virginia Sports Properties. “He brings with him a great deal of football expertise and insight and will provide our listeners with a unique perspective on the games.”

Slade was named Defensive MVP of the 1990 Florida Citrus Bowl after posting a game-high 11 tackles. Slade finished fifth on UVa’s list for career tackles with 299. He was twice a first-team All-ACC pick and earned second-team honors once.

He was a second-round selection of the New England Patriots during the 1993 NFL Draft. He played for the Patriots for eight seasons, earning Pro Bowl honors in 1997. He spent his final NFL season with the Carolina Panthers in 2001. He was a member of the Patriots team that played in Super Bowl XXXI.

A native of Newport News, Va., Slade currently resides in Atlanta. He majored in sociology at Virginia and is one of 10 former players to have their jersey retired.

About Virginia Sports Properties:

Virginia Sports Properties is the exclusive marketing and multimedia rights partner of
 University of Virginia Athletics and manages all corporate sponsorship opportunities surrounding the Cavaliers, including on-premise signage, TV, radio, print, Internet, game sponsorships, premium hospitality, event marketing and promotions. Virginia Sports Properties is a division of CBS Collegiate Sports Properties, and its parent company is CBS Outdoor.

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