Ron Prince was a sympathetic figure last season, ousted by Kansas State for the triumphant return of Wildcat legend Bill Snyder.
Al Groh welcomed Prince back into the fold and the former Cavalier offensive coordinator was now Virginia's special teams coach.
While Prince was a fairly competent offensive coordinator, special teams have been anything but special for Virginia this season. Poor miscues and terrible punt coverage mistakes have only added to the Cavaliers woes this season.
Sure, there have been some blocked punts here and there but they have been too little, too late to make a difference in the game.
Earlier this season, I thought Groh should be fired early and Prince be given the interim coach title. That way, Prince could instantly change the culture and may salvage the season.
Well, now that option is out the window, and so is the possibility of Prince as Virginia's next head coach.
If Prince had been able to turn things around, hiring him would have been perfectly acceptable. Much like Mike Singletary of the 49ers, he would have earned it.
However, hiring him now would look pathetically desperate. It would appear like everyone in the country turned us down and Virginia had no choice but to look inside a dysfunctional staff and pick someone.
Don't get me wrong, I think Prince is a fairly good coach. I know he can handle an offensive line better than what we have seen this season. On the other hand, he is simply too closely connected to the failed regime and his football career will get a fresh start somewhere else next season.