I don't need a whole lot of reminders that 2005 was a long, long time ago, so imagine seeing Ron Prince already completing his first tour of duty as a head coach and parlaying that experience into a brand new job at Virginia. That may or may not be a worse job, but it's most definitely a more vague one.
While Prince served as Virginia's offensive coordinator during what. in retrospect, are looking like Al Groh's glory days in 2009, (my kingdom for a Marques Hagans QB draw! Or a slow-developing Wali Lundy sweep!) he's looking to add "assistant head coach" to his resume.
But how will his stodgier style will mesh with new hire Gregg Brandon's Bowling Green-developed spread. Lord knows that sending five wide under Prince likely meant Hagans diving into the line for one yard. And, of course, another loss to Virginia Tech.
What's interesting here is that Al Groh might be facing yet another win-or-else season with yet another shuffled deck of assistants. Even in the event that Groh doesn't make it past 2010, Virginia does have two recently deposed head coaches already available on staff. Is it possible that Prince and Brandon see blood in the water?