NCAA title run an inspiration for UVA football

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- There was no championship celebration hangover on the football field Wednesday morning at the McCue Center, where Virginia hit the halfway point of its spring schedule.

But there were plenty of smiles after practice, when the Cavaliers were asked about watching UVA's men's basketball team capture its first-ever national title on Monday night.

"We had a ball Monday night," UVA alum and current wide receivers coach Marques Hagans said. "We were tired Tuesday morning waking up to come to meetings and stuff, but it was definitely worth it."

"It was like a movie," said UVA quarterback Bryce Perkins. "It's amazing and definitely inspiring. And just to see how they got to it, after last year losing in the first round, and next year coming back, it definitely shows the kind of grit and kind of attitude that coach instills in his guys, and kind of the program that's running through Virginia basketball."

"And we definitely try to take lessons and we try to look at them and use that as an example to be great next year."

Perkins organized a watch party for UVA players at The Biltmore in downtown Charlottesville. Because of workouts the next morning, the Cavaliers couldn't celebrate for too long following the basketball team's 85-77 overtime victory over Texas Tech in Minneapolis.

UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall was in the stands at US Bank Stadium to watch the Wahoos' historic victory.

"To see someone so close doing the same thing, in a very similar way with similar people, and then to see the impact it has, it just makes it more real," said Mendenhall, who got back from Minneapolis early Tuesday afternoon. "And the tangible part of that is something that, I feel closer to that now than I would have ever had without going and seeing it."

For Hagans, one of the highlights was watching the community rally around the Cavaliers during their postseason run.

"There was a sense of pride and ownership in Charlottesville. That's really cool to see," he said. "And I felt like everyone who couldn't be at the game really was lining up to support them Monday night. And that's what you want. That's what college is all about. That's what you remember. I thought that was really cool."