The New Era Is About to Begin

Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIJuly 22, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Danny Amendola #20 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders is tackled by  Ras-I Dowling #19 of the Virginia Cavaliers during the Gator Bowl at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on January 1, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Let's get one thing straight, Mike London and the Virginia Cavaliers won't be winning a championship this year. Rome wasn't built in a day and it will take time for London to work his magic.

However, there's no question in my mind that the Cavaliers will win championships under the guidance of London. When he was an assistant at U.Va., London got the most out of his players and had them ready to go. he did the same thing at the University of Richmond, where he won a national championship.

As the Cavaliers head coach, London will bring a lot of energy to the table. He knows how to win and understands what it takes to get to the top.

I think the Cavaliers will be greatly improved this year (and let's face it, they can't get a whole lot worse). Virginia starts off with Richmond as London faces his old squad.

It's not the easiest schedule in the world with USC, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia Tech on the slate. It will be a bumpy road for London, but if Cavalier fans can hang in there I think they will eventually find that pot of gold they've been searching for.

London needs time to get the right recruits in and build the program into a winner. I think this season he take his first small steps toward that.