If you've ever tried to call a game in Tiger Stadium, The Swamp, at Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin or West Virginia you've felt the power, noise and excitement the student section can generate.
At some stadiums, the student section is a distinct advantage for the home team.
UVA isn't currently one of those stadiums; but Mike London is making strides and recognizes the value in the student section. In an effort to engage more deeply with the student body, London and his staff hosted "Virginia Football 101" last night. As you can see below in a letter to the student body that Coach London sent out, he and the staff spent time educating the students about UVA football and trying to make them more knowledgeable and enthusiastic about participating on gameday.
Nearly 1,300 students showed up (total undergrad enrollment per year at UVA is just over 3,000) and one lucky student won free tuition for the Spring semester (nearly a $6,000 ticket).
Coach London clearly sees the value in the student section and is willing to invest his and his staff's time in cultivating a great gameday experience for his players and for the University.
Dear UVa Students:
I would like to invite you to an exclusive, free student event to get you ready for the 2011 football season. Virginia Football 101 will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. One student in attendance will win free tuition for the spring semester (in-state tuition)!
Virginia Football 101 will take you behind the scenes of the program. The UVa football coaching staff will let you know what goes on the night before and the day of games, we’ll introduce you to our offensive, defensive, and special teams philosophies, and we’ll also talk about specific Virginia football strategies.
The first 750 students in attendance will receive a free Virginia Football t-shirt. There will also be free food and Pepsi products while supplies last. In addition to the free tuition giveaway, we’ll also give away two, $250 gift certificates to help you cover your book expenses for the fall semester.
Please use the John Paul Jones Arena student entrance starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Virginia Football 101 will start at 5:30 p.m. I look forward to seeing you there!
Head Football Coach
Below is video of the "white out" at Penn State.