March 16, 2009
Dave Leitao has resigned as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Virginia. This takes place effective immediately.
Leitao just completed his fourth year at the head of the program. He began his duties in April of 2005, coming to the Cavaliers after serving as the head coach at DePaul. He finished 15-15 in his first year and led the Cavs to an NIT berth.
2006-2007 saw his most successful season in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers finished 21-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to Tennessee, 77-74. For his efforts, Leitao was awarded ACC Coach of the Year honors.
After that, however, things seemed to begin slipping, as Virginia ended 2007-2008 17-16 and appeared in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational.
This season was the worst since Leitao arrived, as Virginia finished 10-18, 4-12 in the ACC. It marks the first season Virginia has missed the postseason since Leitao's arrival.
While the University is reporting that Leitao resigned, CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com have reported that Leitao has been fired. CBSSports.com has cited Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel as a possible replacement for Leitao, while FOXSports has said Xavier's Sean Miller could also be a candidate.
Stay tuned to CBS19, ABC16, WAHU FOX27, and www.wcav.tv for the latest on this developing situation.
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