CHARLOTTESVILLE (WAVY) – The University of Virginia announced Mike London has resigned after six seasons as head football coach. The school’s athletic website says London met with Athletics Director Craig Littlepaige Sunday morning, following the Cavaliers 23-20 loss to Virginia Tech.
“Mike London has been an outstanding representative of the University of Virginia,” Littlepage said in his statement. “During his tenure, Mike created a positive culture for our student-athletes to develop as young men, who improved each year in the classroom and represented us very well in the community. Mike was a tremendous mentor for his players and many of our coaches. His ability to inspire others helped our program establish great relationships among the high school football coaches in the state and he has been a tremendous ambassador for the University. We are thankful for Mike’s numerous contributions representing the University and Virginia athletics.”
London, who’s Cavaliers (4-8) finished with their fourth straight losing season, also released a statement. “I appreciate the opportunity to have been the head football coach at the University of Virginia and for the relationships that have been formed during my time in Charlottesville that will last for years to come,” London said. “I took this job to make a profound difference in the lives of young men and to re-establish Virginia football as one of the best programs in the ACC. While we were successful in the development of our players in many areas, I would have liked to have won more games for the student-athletes, coaches, fans and everyone that’s a part of the University of Virginia.”
London steps down with a 27-46 overall record. His contract runs through the 2016 season, but he will paid the remaining $2.7 million through a financial agreement. London’s lone winning season was 2011, when he was named the ACC Coach of the Year. His Cavaliers finished 8-5 that year, and made an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Littlepaige did not give a time frame for when a new head coach will be announced.