Mike London to stay at UVA next season

Mike London

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (wavy) – The hot seat has cooled down in Charlottesville, following today’s announcement that Mike London will return next season as head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers.

Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage made the announcement two days prior to the Hoo’s last game against Virginia Tech. Both arch rivals are one win away from becoming bowl eligible and apparently Littlepage did not want the pressure of winning against the Hokies hanging over London’s head.

“It was important to see improvement in our football program this season,” Littlepage said in the announcement. “I’ve seen signs of progress in many areas. Through the staff changes made over the last two years, we are better at teaching the game and in the overall development of the student-athletes. We also continue to notice the commitment by this group of coaches and student-athletes to their academic and community responsibilities.”

London is 23-37 as coach at Virginia, and considered an outstanding recruiter who has signed several five star high school players over the past couple of years. UVA upset Miami 30 to 13 last week, and considering Virginia’s overreaching schedule presumably put together by long time Executive Associate Athletics Director Jon Oliver, Littlepage feels the program is on track.

The full text of Virginia’s statement:

Mike London will return as head football coach at Virginia for the 2015 season University of Virginia Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage announced on Wednesday.

“It was important to see improvement in our football program this season,” Littlepage said. “I’ve seen signs of progress in many areas. Through the staff changes made over the last two years, we are better at teaching the game and in the overall development of the student-athletes. We also continue to notice the commitment by this group of coaches and student-athletes to their academic and community responsibilities..

“The staff has re-focused its recruiting efforts to emphasize the need to attract student-athletes capable of helping the program compete at a high level in the expanded Atlantic Coast Conference,” Littlepage added. “We are seeing many of these student-athletes on the field right now and the staff continues to have success on the recruiting trail. We will continue to support the program in their efforts to maximize their recruiting success..

“It’s important for each of our sports programs to continue to show progress and follow a plan to compete for conference championships and in postseason competition to support the department’s goals,” Littlepage said. “I trust the plan Mike has in place and believe his leadership provides the best opportunity for Virginia football to be successful in the future.”

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