Virginia OC Bill Lazor staying put

There had been some speculation regarding the future of Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor with the program, but Lazor squashed the notion of him leaving for the NFL with the following statement:

"Like coach [Mike] London, I too have had a number of inquires about my future at Virginia and I am excited to let everyone know I am still a Cavalier and will be a part of coach London’s staff for the upcoming season.

I appreciate coach London recently allowing me the chance to discuss a unique opportunity with an NFL team. I think all of us on his staff appreciate the comments he made the other day about professional growth and development. He truly cares about the people that work with him.

In my two years in Charlottesville I have grown to appreciate coach London, the University and the things he is doing with our football program. We are all very privileged to work at such a fine University and to coach a really outstanding group of young men. Yes we’ve made some progress, but he have even higher goals we want to achieve and I’m excited that I will be here to be a part of that ongoing process."

It had been reported that Lazor interviewed for the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Whether or not he was actually offered the position or knew Tampa Bay was going in a different direction is irrelevant at this point. What should matter to Virginia fans is that Lazor is good, he's made a difference and he'll be back -- at least for 2012.