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Cavaliers expected to fire head coach Mike London

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The Virginia Cavaliers are expected to fire head coach Mike London later today. They finished the season with a 4-8 record, including 3-5 within the Atlantic Coast Conference.

London knew when he was given a year to turn things around that this day would be coming. But in fact, the team got worse this season after going 5-7 last season.

Apparently, the 23-20 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies was the final straw in Frank Beamer‘s final game. It was the Cavaliers 12th straight loss to the Hokies.

“Sources tell FootballScoop that the staff at Virginia is operating under the belief that they have coached their final game as a staff,” they wrote. “Official word is expected tomorrow (today) or Monday.”

The team finished sixth in the Coastal Standings this season. In the past four years, they’ve finished sixth or seventh.

The former police officer and detective in Richmond, Va. turned football coach has gone 27-46 during his six years with the Cavaliers. He only had one season above .500 when the team went 8-5 in 2011.

If you eliminate that one good season, his teams have gone 19-41 in the five other seasons.

“My thoughts are on this game and on our players right now,” London said in his post-game press conference after the loss to the Hokies. “It’s tough addressing those guys in the locker room right now. I’m thankful and humbled to be the head coach of this team and to have the opportunity to influence young men’s lives. During the course of the season, we played a challenging schedule. We played some tough teams and some tough games. We won some close games and lost some close games.

“But I’m so proud of the character that those guys have shown over the course of the season. It’s about them and not me. It’s important that they understand that football is a tough game. There are consequences for many things. But I told them, ‘You’re going to be husbands, fathers, sons, employees, and employers for much longer than they will be football players. Your identity is not tied to being just a football player. I understand that we are graded by wins and losses, but you’re so much more than that.’ That’s what I told them, so I’ll leave it at that.”

He had more success with the FCS’s Richmond Spiders in the Colonial Athletic Association than he did with the Cavaliers. He was 24-5 in his two-years at the school, and guided the team to the 2008 FCS Championship.

It’ll be interesting to see if London gets another head coaching job right away, or he goes back into the coaching ranks as a defensive coordinator. He was the Cavaliers’ defensive coordinator under Al Groh, before accepting the Spiders head coaching job.

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