London to return to UVA next year

Posted at 3:15 PM, Nov 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-26 15:50:41-05

CHARLOTTESVILLE (WTVR) – UVA Athletic Director Craig Littlepage announced on Wednesday that head football coach Mike London will be back for the 2015 season, regardless of the outcome of Friday night’s game against Virginia Tech or if they make or do not make a bowl game this year.

“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.

London is 23-37 in four years at Virginia, including 5-6 so far this year. He is also 11-28 in the ACC and has never beaten the Hokies in four tries. He was named ACC coach of the year following the 2011 season which so far has been his only winning season with the Cavaliers

“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.”

There was no contract extension noted. London’s current deal still runs only through the 2016 season.