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"It is the most important victory of my career." -- Head Coach Dick Voris, after the
Hoos’ 15-12 victory over Duke on September 27, 1958.  Voris finished his UVA career
with a record of 1-29.
"We've stopped recruiting young men who want to come here to be students first and
athletes second." -- Former Virginia head coach Sonny Randle, describing his strategy
for turning around UVA's football program
"As the score mounted, to 20-0 and finally 26-0, his movements slowed. With two
minutes to go and South Carolina threatening once more, Voris stood behind several
rows of substitutes, staring at his shoes." -- Sports Illustrated, describing Coach Voris’
stellar coaching performance during the Hoos’ 26-0 loss to South Carolina in 1960
"Really, Texas wasn't as good as I thought they'd be." -- Ted Manly, Virginia's
freshman quarterback, after Texas had spanked the Hoos 68-0
5 Questions with Brian Satola
Brian Satola played football at the University of Virginia from 1988-1991. Originally
recruited as a quarterback, Satola made a successful transition to wide receiver
during his time in Charlottesville, lettering in both his junior and senior seasons.

After serving primarily on special teams as a sophomore, Satola made an
immediate impact as a wide receiver as a junior in 1990, catching a 13-yard
touchdown pass from Shawn Moore in the season opener against Kansas. Later
that season, Satola made a key play in the Maryland game, throwing a 35-yard
touchdown pass to fellow wide receiver Derek Dooley to put the Hoos up 21-3.

As a senior in 1991, Satola was one of only two returning players to have caught a
pass the previous year. Despite playing in only six games, Satola finished with
career highs of 14 receptions (5th on the team), 205 yards (5th), and 2
touchdowns (T-4th). During Satola's four seasons, the Hoos compiled a record of
34-14-1, won an ACC championship, went to three bowl games, and were ranked
#1 in the country for three consecutive weeks.

These days, Brian is the Assistant Director at the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young
Adults. You can follow Brian on Twitter (@bsatola).
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1.  You were recruited as a quarterback but later switched to wide receiver.  How
difficult was the transition?

Actually the transition wasn't that difficult.  Having had the perspective from playing QB
for so many years I immediately knew where I had to be.  The initial challenge was to
figure out how to get there and run good routes.  The first time you are on the other side
of a pass against a live defense, it is a bit eye opening.  It took a little time to learn the
techniques of running good routes, but in the end, I believe the learning curve was pretty

2.  You threw a touchdown pass to Derek Dooley against Maryland in 1990.  Which
did you enjoy more – throwing a TD pass or catching one?

What would have been really cool would have been to throw one and catch one in the
same game.  Throwing a pass was pretty special at the time, but catching my first
touchdown against Kansas was definitely a highlight for me.  When I threw the
touchdown to Derek, I was a receiver.  It would have been a bit different if I was at QB for
the throw.  I still remember both plays like they were yesterday.  I guess that is what
happens when there aren't all that many of them!

3.   As everyone knows, you guys were ranked #1 in 1990 (which happened to be my
4th year). What was that like?  

Being ranked #1 was somewhat surreal.  I still remember the climb well.  We just kept
winning and the teams above us kept losing.  I guess what was memorable was that it
never became that much of a distraction to the team because the team was very
focused each week and the ranking was never discussed much.  Looking back to the
USA Today clipping that is still framed on my wall, it reminds me of how special that
time was.  Wish it had lasted for a few more weeks so we could have finished a little
stronger than we did that year.

4.  What's your funniest memory from your football career?  

Wow, funniest moments......There were a bunch of characters on the teams at UVA.  
The locker room was like a comedy stage.  Impersonations, Dancing, rapping, singing,
fighting, practical jokes, all in good fun!  One of the funniest guys was definitely Benson
Goodwyn who still to date has the best George Welsh impersonation.  Benson would
usually keep things lively!

5. Did it ever bother you guys that 95% of the student body was wasted during the

Not at all.  They proved over time that they could be wasted AND cheer if we were
winning.  Much easier to be a good fan if there is a good product on the field.  Though,
4th year 5th during the home TECH games did usually get out of hand.  Had a little
explaining to do to my parents over the years about why this was a tradition.
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