UVA assistant Jim Reid: Your clubhouse leader for best press conference of the season
Posted by: Pete Roussel on August 4, 2012
Practice is just beginning around the country, so some coaches are still a little loose. The reality of depth chart issues and stopping the run are still a couple of weeks away.
Take for example, Virginia defensive coordinator / associate head coach Jim Reid, who clearly had the best exchange with reporters of any assistant coach this weekend.
After talking actual football and explaining to reporters that his biggest emphasis is, "getting off the field on third-downs," Reid lightened the mood in the room and told one heckuva story.
It involved mothers, daughters, and late night parties.
The prelude to the story was setup by Reid describing one of the UVA players as, "You just pray that your daughter brings him home some day to meet the family and that you'd be proud to call him your son."
Because it was the second time in the press conference that Reid mentioned 'the type of guy you want your daughter to meet,' a reporter responded, "You seem really concerned about the fact that your daughter meets someone."
Reid said humorously, "I really am. What are you, nuts? Obviously, you don't have a daughter."
The reporter said, "I have 6-year old twin girls."
Reid responded quickly, "You better take some lessons from what I'm saying here. Never mind the schemes. Let me tell you something, with two twin daughters, I feel your pain."
A phenomenal story ensued, one that likely resonates with most fathers.
Reid said, "Let me tell you what. I shouldn't probably say this, but my daughter Meghan was going to school at Richmond when I was the head coach there, and I threatened those guys after every game. After every single game."
"Let me just say this here. And this is the truth. I was at Boston College and there was a linebacker I coached named Stephen Boyd. Man, what a football player this guy was. I loved this guy. He was hard, physical, good student, just a great, great guy. So one night, I'm in the office (one night after a game) because I had moved to BC and my family stayed in Amherst. My daughter went to school there (Boston College) as a freshman. My wife called and said, "DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE DAUGHTER IS RIGHT NOW?"
"And I said, 'Of course not.' During the season, I was breaking down the film of Saturday's game; it was a really good win. We had just beat Rutgers, I think."
"She said, 'SHE'S AT A PARTY WITH FOOTBALL PLAYERS.'"
"I said, 'Well, how do you know that.' She said, 'Well, she just called me.' It was about 10:30 at night."
"I asked who she was with. She said, 'She's with a guy named Stephen Boyd, Eddie Sanabria, and Brian Keys.'"
"I said, 'Let me tell you something, Judy. She is not only with three of the best three men on our football team, but she is with three of the best three men I know."
"But on Sunday morning, I asked them (the players) what was going on." (room full of laughter)
You can listen to Reid, who sounds like Jim Calhoun, tell the entire story. Pick it up at the 15:15 mark.
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