CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — If you thought Virginia’s Tony Elliott was tired of talking after last week’s ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, think again.

The new head coach hosted the media in Charlottesville on Thursday afternoon, with fall camp just right around the corner. He says the priority is to build a culture for his team and he’s using former players and coaches on his staff, including Marques Hagans and Chris Slade.

“They have a lot of pride in this institution. Not just the football aspect of this institution as a whole. They came here as young men,” Elliott said. “This place helped them transition to become men for life. That is what this program is all about.”

While Elliott and the staff have been busy installing a new playbook with the team, the former Clemson offensive coordinator is also instilling life lessons that will help his players once they hang up their cleats and helmets.

“There are a lot of life skills that sometimes you miss because you get caught up in the football piece of it or the academic piece of it,” Elliott said. “The theoretical is really important for your life after football or on the job. But that duty piece we talk about in the Cavalier code is what it is all about. Preparing these guys to be ready for the transition. It happens before you want it to happen. You don’t expect it to happen and boom it hits you in the face. I want my guys to be prepared and bob and weave so they get a head start in life.”

Virginia’s first practice is set for next Wednesday.