Breaking News: Dave Leitao Leaves Virginia

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst IMarch 16, 2009

UPDATE: Washington Post gives both Tubby Smith and Jeff Capel as potential targets.

In a rather shocking move, Virginia men's basketball coach Dave Leitao has resigned from his position after four years at the helm.

Virginia was coming off a season to forget at 10-18, Virginia's lowest win total in nearly 40 years.

Nevertheless, with a returning cadre of players including ACC Rookie of the Year Sylven Landesberg, it seemed a moot point that Leitao would get one more year.

Leitao was the 2007 ACC Coach of the Year, leading Virginia to an 11-5 ACC record and a regular season ACC title. That year ended with a second-round tournament loss at the buzzer to Tennessee.

However, since then, Virginia has finished 10th and 11th in the ACC. Leitao leaves Virginia with a 63-60 overall record.

With such a move, it seems that Athletic Director Craig Littlepage would not act so swiftly unless he already had a replacement in mind for the Cavaliers.

The Daily Progress reported earlier that one potential candidate was also a candidate the last time Virginia went searching for a coach, Minnesota's Tubby Smith.

Smith, according to reports, had an offer on the table back in 2005 before that plan was rejected by University President John Casteen.

Would Smith leave a team he had built into an NCAA tournament team to head into the fray in the ACC?

Is there a sleeper candidate hiding?

Tell me what you think! More on this later.