Charlottesville, Va. – The University of Virginia announced Sunday the resignation of head football coach Mike London, effective immediately.
“Mike London has been an outstanding representative of the University of Virginia,” said Craig Littlepage, UVA Director of Athletics. “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 was named Virginia’s 9th head football coach on December 7, 2009, and led the Cavalier’s to the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl. That same year he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. His overall record was 27-46.
“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.”
Littlegate and London met Sunday morning to discuss the future of the University’s football program, and, at that time, they both decided a change in leadership was in the best interest of the program.
London’s contract was set to expire after the 2016 season. He will be paid approximately $2.7 million through 2016 under a financial agreement between himself and the University.