Want to emotionally damage a group of young basketball players? Come to Virginia!

This sounds familiar...

As late as Tuesday evening, Liberty athletics director Jeff Barber had no inkling Ritchie McKay was about to leave his post as head men’s basketball coach after two years.

Barber was aware of the longtime friendship between McKay and new Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett. McKay broached the subject of possibly joining Bennett’s staff with Barber on Sunday, before Bennett, then Washington State’s coach, had even agreed to go to UVa.

Tuesday afternoon, Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage contacted Barber, asking for permission to speak with McKay. In the evening, Barber and McKay dined together. At the end of the meal, Barber asked McKay what he thought about joining Bennett in Charlottesville.

"At the time, I still felt like he was going to be our coach," Barber said.

Which was why Barber felt such a sense of shock Wednesday morning when McKay informed Barber that he would be leaving to become the associate head coach on Bennett’s staff.

McKay told his assistant coaches and Liberty’s players of the move as well. All parties involved used the same word in regards to McKay’s announcement: Shock.

And I love this paragraph:

In a phone conversation Wednesday night, McKay admitted he had a “tough time” all day explaining to people why he made his decision, adding “I love Liberty and everything it’s about.”

Liberty University is a fundamentalist Baptist University whose motto is "Training Champions for Christ."

Word on Friday is that Christ will also be leaving Liberty to accept an assistant Head coaching job under Tony Bennett. When asked about it, the Lord explained, "I just love Virginia's facilities... and the commitment to academics."

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