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Virginia’s future includes ‘Mike London as our coach’

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From Mike London‘s perspective, he’s either received a vote of confidence from his boss or the dreaded vote of confidence.  One of the two.

Thanks to a 2-4 start to the 2013 season that’s part of a 6-14 stretch that dates back to late November of the 2011 season, questions and speculation have been swirling around the future of London as Virginia’s head coach.  In an attempt to get ahead of the rumor mill, UVa. athletic director Craig Littlepage and unequivocally stated that London will be the Cavaliers’ coach in 2014.

“I don’t want there to be uncertainty about what I believe the future to be, which is with Mike London as our coach,” the AD said according to the Washington Post.

“He’s done a lot of things that he thought were important for us in terms of adjustments to the coaching staff, some other things relative to the program that I think were important and will bear fruit for us. I support him and I have supported him. Nothing has changed in that regard. … If there was uncertainty, it isn’t because of anything other than somebody might have an agenda. I’ve been very clear.”

As the Post points out, it would be a costly move for Littlepage to jettison London after the 2013 season: nearly $8.1 million for London’s buyout, plus an additional $3.1 million to buy out the coaching staff.

This is London’s fourth year in Charlottesville, with his best season coming in 2011.  The Cavaliers were 8-5 — the program’s best mark since 2007 — and London was a target in at least a couple of high-profile coaching searches, including Penn State.  The outside interest ultimately netted London a raise and extension in December of 2011.

A 4-8 2012 season, however, took the bloom off London’s coaching rose, prompting the head coach to ax nearly half his coaching staff in an attempt to turn around the program’s fortunes.

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5 Responses to “Virginia’s future includes ‘Mike London as our coach’”
  1. seanb20124 says: Oct 18, 2013 6:14 PM

    Cheaper to keep him I guess. Also UVA is not a football school where w’s matter as much as graduation rates.

  2. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 18, 2013 8:30 PM

    I keep seeing big recruits commit, so he must be doing something right.

  3. noaxetogrind says: Oct 18, 2013 11:55 PM

    Someone has to explain to me what London has done to warrant this type of faith. He had one 8-4 record. He has developed a reputation with the HS coaches in Virginia with only being concerned about recruits in the 757. He ran off the starting QB of last years team, Mike Rocco, because he kept wanting to “experiment” with Phil Sims since he was from the 757. Phil Sims then announces he is transferring as well and then we find out he isn’t even eligible. He fired half of his staff, whom by the way he hired in the first place. When he hired his first staff amongst other things he did was have his OL coach be a GA, who actually left the next year to coach at Elon. Just don’t see what he has done to get the “you are back for sure” treatment.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Oct 19, 2013 6:55 AM

    He needs time. Like the earlier comment. UV is not a football school. That being said, coach should be given some slack to find his way and develope his program.

    I remember Coach Snyder at Kansas St when he started. He did’nt turn the program around immediately either, and look at his body of work over the years.

    UV has never been a football power house in the sport. Mike London is a stand up man and coach. Besides, he is an ex-cop, so he got a place in my heart.

  5. mkurk says: Oct 20, 2013 6:26 AM

    In the 90’s we had some damn good teams. Won 8-9 games more than not each year. UVA has a fantastic stadium and a fan base that is beginning to demand a winner. Coach is banking around 2.5 a year. Losing to duke on the regular now isn’t sitting well with me or any other UVA fan. Getting very close to needing a change at the top.

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