U.Va. assistant quits after 10 days for job at Texas A&M

One week after announcing the hiring of four assistant football coaches, Virginia is back in the market for a special-teams coordinator.

Jeff Banks, who had been on the job at U.Va. for only nine days, resigned Thursday to join the staff at Texas A&M.

That announcement came Thursday afternoon at about the time U.Va.'s new coaches were scheduled to meet with the media, an event that was postponed Wednesday.

Banks, an assistant at Texas-El Paso for the past nine years, was hired to coach the running backs and the special teams at Virginia.

"This was a very difficult decision... because we instantly fell in love with Charlottesville and the people here," Banks said in a statement released by U.Va. "Ultimately, the opportunity to coach in the SEC with a friend was too hard to pass up."

The job on Kevin Sumlin's staff at Texas A&M came open when former Aggies special-teams coach Brian Polian resigned to become the head coach at Nevada.

Polian is the son of former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian.

"I was very much looking forward to having Jeff as a member of our staff," U.Va. head coach Mike London said. "(But) I understand his desire to pursue that opportunity.

"We had considerable interest in this position from a number of quality coaches and now the task is to find an individual who will help us reach our goals."


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No Honor

Whaa? There is no honor among football coaches? Say it aint so Brian Kelly.

building his future, that's all

Lane Kiffin should keep an eye on this guy. Those two were made for each other.

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