Virginia names change but defense the same
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Virginia names change but defense the same

Tony Bennett's Pack Line Defense keeps the Cavaliers ranked among the elite

Photo: Tony Bennett

The Green Bay Packers finally lived up to Virginia basketball’s famed “Pack Line Defense” with a 27-13 Monday night over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett’s Green Bay roots – he played at Wisconsin-Green Bay for his father, Dick Bennett – are the football inspiration for the unique sagging man-to-man defense his father devised. Tony has taken his dad’s approach to an elite level in the ACC with the Cavaliers. ... 


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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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