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Defensive coordinator among four coaches axed by Virginia

Mike London, Jim Reid AP

Coming off the worst season of his tenure, and perhaps in a bid to hold on to his job beyond 2013, Mike London has announced a handful of changes to his coaching staff.

Chief among those changes involved defensive coordinator Jim Reid, who the school announced Sunday afternoon had been “relieved of his duties.”  Three other assistants suffered the same fate: defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Hanson, running backs coach Mike Faragalli and tight ends coach Shawn Moore.

In his third season at UVa, Reid’s defense fell from 46th in the country in points allowed to 70th as the Cavaliers’ win total dropped in half from the previous season to four.

“After conducting a complete evaluation of the program and discussing my thoughts with administration, there are a number of areas we need to improve on and it starts with me as the head coach.” London said in a statement. “The decision to release these four coaches is very difficult, but one I feel is necessary in order to meet the goals we have set for the Virginia football program.  I have coached with some of these men for many years, won a national championship with some, and I truly appreciate their dedication and commitment, and more importantly, their friendships. I wish them all the best.”

All four coaches had been on London’s staff since he came to UVa from Richmond in December of 2009.

The release stated that the total buyout for the four coaches will be $1.36 million, and that the buyout amount for each individual coach could decrease based on future income.

“My primary task is to continue to evaluate this program and take the necessary steps to make us successful on the field.” London said. “This University and its fans deserve a program that competes for championships. In order to do that we need to make improvements in every aspect of our football operation.”

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5 Responses to “Defensive coordinator among four coaches axed by Virginia”
  1. whiteh20man says: Dec 2, 2012 2:26 PM

    The Virginia Special Teams were horrific this year, (and dating back to last year’s bowl game loss), but the Special Team’s coach did not get fired. This is unbelievable!

    London is the worst FBS coach in the country who was not fired at the end of the season (as he should have been).

    London and AD Craig Littlebrain should be fired immediately.

  2. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 2, 2012 2:37 PM

    What happened at uva? They had a surprisingly good year last year and with Rocco back I thought they’d be locked and loaded.

  3. trick321 says: Dec 2, 2012 3:54 PM

    London is stockpiling talent, give him time. Lazor is a good OC but his offense requires some precision. When Rocco and Sims were playing well the offense had some very good production (they outgained their opponents in several of their losses yardage-wise), but they were sloppy and really bad about penalties and turnovers. If they can fix the turnovers it will help a LOT (see Notre Dame this year vs. last year). Defensively, I thought Jim Reid did a good job for the most part (the defense pretty much single-handedly won them the Penn State game), but was certainly not spectacular. I don’t know if UVA is gonna be able to attract a top-notch DC, so not sure how fruitful this will be, but I guess something had to change. Once he brings in a few more top-25 recruiting classes, he’ll get the program back to where it was during the Welsh days, and hopefully even better.

  4. dmcgrann says: Dec 2, 2012 8:40 PM

    Lots of really nice people involved at UVa. Reid and London are especially notable as fine men. It’s a shame that doesn’t automatically translate into success in their chosen profession in the way of victories in games, but I hope that it translates into victories in teaching young folks how to live right.

  5. dmcgrann says: Dec 2, 2012 9:13 PM

    Oof. I’ll stand by my character assessment, but oof:

    Not good.

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