CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Michael Rocco’s uncle is the coach at the University of Richmond. His dad was a quarterback at Penn State.
So when he saw this year’s Virginia football schedule?
“It was interesting, to say the least,” Rocco said.
It’s a matchup that will take place, in part, because of Danny’s efforts.
“I told Mike London that my nephew was strongly considering opening up his recruitment,” Rocco said. “Recruiting is such a competitive operation, I was really reaching out to help my nephew, because I really thought that Michael would be a great fit up there at U.Va.”
During that process, he leaned on his family, including Danny, for advice. He could have played at Liberty, as his brother Chris did, but was encouraged to play at the highest level he could.
As it was, Danny wouldn’t have coached his nephew for long.
This past offseason, he took the opening with the Spiders, and it was London, a UR grad, making the congratulatory call.
First, though, an interfamily matchup. It’s a new twist for a family that bleeds football.
Through their various connections, most of the U.Va. and UR staffs are familiar with each other.