Oct. 5, 2010

By Jeff White (jwhite@virginia.edu)

CHARLOTTESVILLE — As if Virginia’s 17-14 loss to Southern California didn’t hurt enough, Jim Reid flew back from the West Coast with an aching hand last month.

Reid, the fiery defensive coordinator for UVa’s football team, talked Tuesday night about his misadventure before the Sept. 11 game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“It’s kind of embarrassing,” Reid said on a teleconference with reporters. “But sometimes you get a little carried away, and when you want to will something to happen, in order to make the point you do something very stupid, and I punched a blackboard.

“I just wanted everybody to know that I was fired up to play that game.”

The right-handed Reid got that message across. He broke his right hand in the process.

“It’s been painful,” Reid said with a rueful laugh, “and it’s a good lesson for me to learn.”

Jeff White

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