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Mike London denies contact with Penn State

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Earlier today we touched on Bodog.com releasing its odds on the next head coach at Penn State.  While some of the usual suspects littered the list — Urban Meyer, Al Golden, Pat Fitzgerald and the like — one of the biggest surprises, given his lack of connection to the school, was Mike London appearing right behind Meyer and Golden at 5/1 odds.

The Virginia head coach’s placement in such a list started to make sense when, shortly after posting on that, the Washington Post reported the university “reached out to gauge” London’s interest.  The report went on to state that London had no interest in the opening.

When asked about the report Friday, London vehemently denied that he was even contacted by the Nittany Lions, let alone that he turned them down.

“I don’t even want to start to get into all that stuff like that,” said London. “No, I haven’t heard from them, and I don’t expect to. …

“I can tell you no one (from Penn State) has reached out to me, or talked to me. It’s way, way, way, way premature for anyone to credibly think that’s the case.”

Of course, it’s entirely possible Penn State contacted London’s agent to gauge a level of interest — one of the reasons coaches hire agents is for plausible deniability — and the coach was not a part of the process.  Such scenarios play out across college football every year.

London also wasn’t in the mood for hypotheticals.

“That’s not even in my mindset right now,” London said when asked if he’d be interested if Penn State reached out. “That’s the farthest thing in my mind about Penn State and what’s going on with them considering what’s at hand (at U.Va.).”

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4 Responses to “Mike London denies contact with Penn State”
  1. whodoes says: Nov 11, 2011 5:53 PM

    Or maybe his agent decided to use a bad situation to try and make a leverage play for the extension negotiations, and, as is usually the case, a member of the media was all too happy to play along with the coaching rumor mill gambit.

  2. lbijake says: Nov 11, 2011 6:45 PM

    @whodoes
    An agent who would use this grotesque situation to financially benefit his client. should quickly be an ex-agent. Even a bottom dwelling agent has to have some scruples.

  3. gatorprof says: Nov 11, 2011 7:50 PM

    PSU would be crazy to go after Meyer. Yes, no child molestation issues, but given his recruiting record, the State College PD will be very busy.

  4. seanb20124 says: Nov 11, 2011 11:09 PM

    No offense to London, but PSU is looking for a proven commodity.

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