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Virginia announces contract extension for London

Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 4:33 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

In just his second year, Virginia head coach Mike London led the Cavaliers to an 8-4 finish and a trip to the Chick fil-A Bowl. London was rewarded by the conference when he was named 2011 ACC Coach of the Year, and on Friday he received a reward from his employer.

The school announced a two-year extension to London's contract, which now runs through 2016. His annual compensation was also increased to $2.1 million, and additional compensation will be provided for assistant coaches on the Virginia staff.

"Mike London and his staff are a great fit for the University of Virginia," said Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage in the official release. "Commitment and continuity on the staff are major components of building a program. We want to keep the program's momentum moving and this extension will help achieve that."

London rallied the Cavaliers after a rocky start to the season, rolling off four straight wins before falling to Virginia Tech in the season finale. There were not many flashy names or breakout individuals, but instead a tough, bruising bunch that simply fought harder than the opponent at times this season. Virginia came within one game of an ACC Coastal title, and the bowl bid to face Auburn in Atlanta is the Cavaliers' first since 2007.

"I'm very grateful, humbled and appreciative of this gesture by the University," London said. "I am truly blessed to be working at one of the nation's finest universities with an administration that is supportive of the type of football program we all want to have that reflects the University's values and mission.

"More than anything, this says that everyone involved with the Virginia football program has done an outstanding job. From the assistant coaches, the support staff and most importantly our student-athletes. They all believed from day one that we can accomplish great things here and I think this is just the start of a very bright future for Virginia football."

While London vehemently denied the reports, his name was frequently linked to high-profile coaching jobs - including Penn State - over the last several weeks. Virginia has been working with London on this contract extension, and Friday's announcement seems to confirm what many believe: that Mike London has no plans of leaving Charlottesville.

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Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:00 am

Virginia announces contract extension for London

Congrats to Mike London

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:49 pm

Virginia announces contract extension for London

California Mike, I'm a Hokie fan in Charlottesville, and I applaud the extension for Coach London. I think he's a great fit in Charlottesville and am happy for him and UVA. I do, however, take exception to your characterization of Va Tech as being far inferior to UVA academically. The facts don't bear that out. Yes, UVA is somewhat better in some areas, but Va Tech is a nationally ranked top 50 school, academically. Yes, UVA admission standards are a bit higher, but the gap has closed quite a bit over the last ten years. 

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:21 pm

Virginia announces contract extension for London

Well deserved extension.  Glad it wasn't ten years like Pete Gillen.

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:13 pm

Virginia announces contract extension for London

It's hard to say what success London will enjoy in Charlottesville. It's certainly a different situation from the college president at Oklahoma who once said he wanted a university of which the football team can be proud. Coaching at one of the finest public universities in the country makes it difficult to get those marginal academic recruits who will be first-round draft choices, but like George Welsh before him, London seems to be on the right track.

Can the Wahoos consistently beat Virginia Tech? It's hard to say, especially when you look at the difference in the two schools' academic reputations. Will they ever again go 10-0 before losing their season finale, as they did twenty years ago under Welsh? Probably not. But it does look like London can field teams to provide thrills on autumn Saturdays, teams of which Virginia and its alumni can be very proud indeed. 

Since: Jan 6, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 7:38 pm

Virginia announces contract extension for London

UVa needs to keep London for the rest of his career, if possible. He is an outstanding coach, recruiter, and most importantly, a fine human being. He will bring respect back to Cavalier football. The program will soon become a regular in the top-25 and will compete for the ACC title. Go Hoos!

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