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LEITAO VOWS TURNAROUND FOR VIRGINIA BASKETBALL

Dave Leitao (left) took over Virginia's basketball program Sunday, pledging to build a championship team with stiff defense and a commitment to rebounding.

The 44-year-old Leitao agreed Saturday to a five-year contract worth $925,000 annually.

He becomes the first black head coach at Virginia in any sport, and perhaps the one under the most pressure to succeed immediately.

The school plans to open the $130 million, 15,000-seat John Paul Jones Arena for the 2006 season, and needs to get its fans excited about the future.

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