Virginia has announced that Mike London has resigned as head coach of the Cavaliers after six seasons.
Virginia lost to Virginia Tech last night 23-20, and sources told us that the feeling within the UVA staff was that the VT game would be their final.
According to the release from UVA:
“[AD Craig] Littlepage met with London this morning to discuss the future of the Virginia football program. At that time, Littlepage and London decided a change in leadership was in the best interests of the program.”
London’s tenure at Virginia was highlighted by an 8-5 season in 2011, which included wins over a ranked Georgia Tech team, Miami, and Florida State. That year ended with London being named the ACC coach of the Year, and a trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. However, London was never able to capture that same magic in the years that followed, going 4-8 in 2012, 2-10 in 2013, and 5-7 in 2014.
Before coming to Virginia, London led the Richmond Spiders of the FCS ranks to a 24-5 mark in two seasons, including a FCS title in his first season in 2008.
Virginia was 4-8 this season, including a 3-5 mark in ACC play. In his six seasons leading the program, London led the team to a 27-46 mark, including a 14-34 record in conference games.
Littlepage adds in the release that they’ll look for “a coach who’s demonstrated the ability to implement his system and achieved a consistent level of success,” and “experience recruiting and developing student-athletes who fit his profile for success on the field and in the classroom. We expect our football program to compete for the Coastal Division title on an annual basis, which puts us in a position to win the ACC championship and be competitive nationally.”
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