|Historical Stats & Info
|"It is the most important victory of my career." -- Head Coach Dick Voris, after the
Hoos’ 15-12 victory over Duke on September 27, 1958. Voris finished his UVA career
with a record of 1-29.
|"We've stopped recruiting young men who want to come here to be students first and
athletes second." -- Former Virginia head coach Sonny Randle, describing his strategy
for turning around UVA's football program
|"As the score mounted, to 20-0 and finally 26-0, his movements slowed. With two
minutes to go and South Carolina threatening once more, Voris stood behind several
rows of substitutes, staring at his shoes." -- Sports Illustrated, describing Coach Voris’
stellar coaching performance during the Hoos’ 26-0 loss to South Carolina in 1960
|"Really, Texas wasn't as good as I thought they'd be." -- Ted Manly, Virginia's
freshman quarterback, after Texas had spanked the Hoos 68-0
|Curing Saturday Night Fever, Clearing the Stench of POO,
and Other Half-Truths Gleaned from Uniform Color Data
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|To answer your first question, yes, we did once wear all orange in the George Welsh era,
although it's a safe bet he would like to forget that it ever happened. There was some
discussion of this on the radio pregame show before the 2009 Virginia Tech game. As I
recall from the discussion, Coach Welsh begrudgingly agreed to the all-orange look after
some pleading from players. But after the 42-10 beat down by Maryland, he apparently
said it would never happen again. If you see someone throwing their hat to the ground in
disgust the first time we bust out Nike's latest all-orange combo this year, I recommend
that you pick up the hat, hand it back to Coach Welsh, and thank him for his years of fine
service to UVA.
|So despite the small sample size, we still think
it's safe to conclude that we should rethink the
whole "Power of Orange" (POO) concept.
Moving on, we see that the best winning
percentages come when wearing orange jerseys
with white pants (.679) and blue jerseys with white
pants (.670). But when wearing white jerseys
with those white pants, things don't go so well
(.388). We'd recommend that the all-white look
be reserved for post-game Saturday night activities.
There's only so much you can do with win-loss
records, so to have a little more fun with this, we
|UVA Points Scored
|In the "mean" column, we see the average number of points scored by UVA for each of
the uniform combinations. Setting aside the Orange Crushed game, we see that the
lowest-scoring uniform option is the white jersey/blue pants combo at 22.55 points; the
highest-scoring combination is white pants/blue jersey combo at 27.04 points.
If you're thinking that doesn't seem to be that big of a spread, you're right. In addition to
breaking down the means for each uniform combo, ANOVA also tells us if the
differences we see in the means for each uniform combination are actually statistically
significant and show a real relationship, or if they are within the range you'd expect with
random variation. In this case, ANOVA says they're not statistically significant, but
before we move on, there are a couple fun nuggets here:
wouldn't get that excited about it. But there it is.
there's less than one point of difference between the points scored for orange jerseys
and white pants and vice versa. As mentioned above, the spread between the blue
jersey/white pants combo and the white jersey/blue pants combo is more than 4
points. This makes some sense, when you think about it. With the exception of one
"throwback" game, the games with orange jerseys or pants are all in the Welsh Era,
from 1982 through 1993, after which we switched to the initial blue and white
combination as the sabre logo was born. The numbers for the blue and white
combinations encompass seven Welsh seasons and nine Groh seasons, so they
certainly can't be contributed purely to Al Groh. But one oft-noted aspect of the Groh
era was difficulty on the road, relative to at home, so seeing a bigger spread in the
blue uniform days isn't a complete surprise.
Let's jump over to the defensive side of the ball to see if we can find anything interesting.
|UVA Points Allowed
|Setting aside the all-orange game again, the values range from a mean of 15.88 points
allowed while wearing all blue to 26.69 points allowed when wearing all white. Clearly,
there's a wider spread here, and ANOVA tells us that in this case, the differences
actually are statistically significant.
A couple thoughts on those numbers:
ass nickname for the all-blue defense (Blue Thunder? The Blue Man Group? ) We
only used all blue for eight games, the second smallest sample size in the data set,
so we shouldn't take the result too seriously, but those defensive numbers do look
about nutty Oregon-style uniforms, maybe you'll feel a little better knowing that the
results can't be much worse than with the old-school Penn State look.
|As we prepare to enter a new, multi-colored era,
we must remember that the numbers don't lie.
Hopefully the powers that be will still have the
opportunity to take this analysis into
consideration and make the right moves, like
avoiding all-white and pairing those new colored
jerseys with some stylin' new white pants.
And finally, we should take a lesson from the best
Major League Baseball teams, which combine
advanced statistical analysis with old-school
scouting. While one all-orange game doesn't give
us enough data to make strong statistical
conclusions, sometimes we have to trust our
but that took me 9 months to get around to. (Note: Since first inserting this footnote, I've had
to update it from 7 months to 8 months, then from 8 months to 9. I have a bit of a
Mary, 9/9/95 at N.C. State, 10/2/93 v. Ohio, 10/30/93 at N.C. State, 10/3/92 at Wake, 9/16/89 at
Ga. Tech, 10/15/88 at Louisville, 11/7/87 at Ga. Tech, 9/18/82 v. JMU, 11/6/82 at Ga. Tech, and
11/13/82 at UNC. If you have information on the uniforms worn for any of these games,
please let us know.
becoming the multi-uniformed "Oregon of the East," future charts will be a hell of a lot more
complicated. Plus, it’ll take 100 years to have a big enough sample size for each uniform
combination to enable us to know if there are statistically significant differences between
"Orange Jerseys with Those Metallic Mud-flap Traction Grips on the Shoulders with Blue
Pinstriped Pants" and "White Togas with Orange Roman Numerals."
analysis of variance in the "real world." I bet you feel like an ass now.
remind you of this.
|So I somehow managed to convince one of my old college buddies, Brian, to take time
out of his busy schedule to write the article below for my website. I enjoyed it
immensely, depsite the fact that I'm way too dumb to understand all the math.
|Brian is a 1992 graduate of UVa and a long-time Hoos fan. He lives in Richmond with his
wife and two sons. Brian's likes include puppies, rainbows, and unicorns, and his
dislikes include "mean people."