As a non alum, prior to Harold Deane, UVA was the team I rooted for because I liked sports and they were the only nationally relevant school in VA (sorry hokies.) There came a time however, when they became “my” team. A team a followed with a passion. I was excited for games. Thrilled after any win and dejected after a loss.
It was the Deane, Robinson, Staples team that did that for me. Harold played a big part in my UVA fandom going “next level.”
I’m also man enough to admit that those guns and the occasional angry glare were a little intimidating.