CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Craig Littlepage didn't have to wait until the football season was over to speak on Mike London's job status as UVA head football coach. The Cavalier Director of Athletics announced on Wednesday that London would return as head coach in 2015.
"It was important to see improvement in our football program this season," Littlepage said in a university-issued statement. "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.
"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. 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. 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."
London's tenure has featured more downs then ups in terms of record. Virginia is 23-37 in his almost five seasons at the helm of the program, though he's been praised for his recruiting abilities. The Cavaliers have put together three records of 4-8 or worse since 2010, but have a chance to earn a winning record in 2014. Virginia is 5-6 entering its regular season finale at Virginia Tech on Friday. With a victory, the Cavaliers would earn bowl eligibility.
Virginia and the Hokies kickoff at 8:00pm on Friday evening at Lane Stadium.