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Virginia AD again backs Mike London as Hoos coach

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For the second time in a little over a month, Mike London‘s boss has vehemently and publicly supported the embattled head coach.

Whether that’s good news or the dreaded vote of confidence remains to be seen.

Acknowledging what he calls a “very vocal” group of detractors looking for a change, UVa. athletic director Craig Littlepage nonetheless reiterated to the Roanoke Daily Press that London has his full and unequivocal backing.  Littlepage gave no indication that he’s even thought about removing London let alone seriously considered doing what a significant segment of the fan base would like.

We’re trying to fix football, and that’s it,” Littlepage told the Daily Press. “This is important. I’m not focused on anything other than making sure that I’m doing everything that I can to get us back on that path to having a great program.”

The AD added he “firmly believe[s] that Mike London is going to be successful here at the University of Virginia.”

This season has continued an alarming downturn for the football program under London and diminished the number of supporters who held the same belief as Littlepage.

In his second season in 2011, London led the Cavaliers to an 8-5 record that had his name spinning around the coaching carousel in connection to at least a couple of high-profile openings.  The Cavs then went 4-8 for the second time in his three years before bottoming out in 2013 at 2-9.  If UVa. fails to beat in-state rival Virginia Tech this weekend, the Cavs will go winless in conference play for the first time since 1981.

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4 Responses to “Virginia AD again backs Mike London as Hoos coach”
  1. noaxetogrind says: Nov 28, 2013 10:54 PM

    Not sure I see why Littlepage is so loyal to London. Other than the one 8-5 record he has nothing on his resume to justify this kind of faith. He has alienated a large part of his recruiting base with his obsession in over recruiting the 757. There has been significant discord on his staff and expect there to be more changes at the end of this season. He ran off last years starting QB who they would kill to have this year. He inherited a team at Richmond that lost in the national semi-final of FCS the year before he took over and had 19 starters returning and they won it all the next year. He is a nice guy but this program is in way worse shape than it ever was under Groh. It may be as simple as dollars and cents and they just can’t afford to buy him and Tom O’brien out.

  2. wvucolumbus says: Nov 28, 2013 11:47 PM

    Congrats noaxe-you are the first person to post a comment on a UVA football thread. God bless the yahoos and their “football program”.

  3. thegamecocker says: Nov 29, 2013 9:52 AM

    Do you mean Tom O’brien the former NC State head coach? Is he now an Ass’t at UVa? UVa gives the perception it has “BOO-KOO” dollars with all those wealthy alumni. What’s really going on there?

  4. noaxetogrind says: Nov 29, 2013 12:52 PM

    Yes, the same Tom O’Brien. It was thought perhaps he could add a little experience to London in terms of leadership. Doesn’t appear to be panning out so well.

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