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Welsh: Va. Departure News to Him

November 13, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ George Welsh’s future as Virginia’s football coach became a matter of much discussion earlier this season, but a TV report that the Cavaliers would be looking for a replacement was news to him.

During a between-games studio show Saturday, CBS Sports anchor Tim Brando announced that Bob Simmons had resigned at Oklahoma State. The network then showed a graphic of six programs _ including Virginia _ that would be looking for a coach.

``I don’t know anything about that,″ Welsh said Monday.

CBS Sports spokeswoman Leslie Anne Wade said the report was ``misinformation, and we’re going to be apologizing for it this weekend.″

Welsh’s future as the Cavaliers coach has been a steady topic of conversation in Virginia since late September, when athletic director Terry Holland promised in an e-mail to an independent Web site devoted to Virginia sports that a timetable for Welsh’s eventual replacement would be determined after this season.

The letter from Holland, in response to criticism of Welsh by Cavaliers fans, prompted speculation. But Welsh and Holland have refused to feed it further.

``As soon as Holland and I have a chance to get together after the season, then there’ll be some kind of an announcement and we’ll settle all this down,″ Welsh said Monday, essentially repeating his stance on discussing the matter during the season.

Virginia, a 35-0 loser to Georgia Tech last Thursday night in a nationally televised game, is 5-4. The Cavaliers host North Carolina State on Saturday and finish the regular season at No. 7 Virginia Tech on Nov. 25.

A victory in either game would make the Cavaliers bowl eligible, and winning both would extend to 14 years their streak of seasons with at least seven victories. Only Florida State, Nebraska and Michigan have streaks that long.

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