Virginia’s Mike London resigns as head coach

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — Sunday, the University of Virginia announced Mike London has formally resigned as head coach of the Cavaliers football program, effective immediately.

The team went 27-46 over six seasons under London’s tenure as the 39th head coach in the program’s history, only winning 14 games and losing 34 in ACC competition.

The news comes a day after Virginia lost for the 12th straight year to Virginia Tech in Charlottesville Saturday, a 23-20 heartbreaker decided by a late game interception. London had never beaten the Hokies as head coach.

London’s only winning season was in 2011, when his Cavaliers finished 8-4 and appeared in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

London previously coached at the University of Richmond, where he won a National Championship in 2008 and CAA Championship in 2009 before being hired as Virginia’s head football coach.

Here is part of Mike London’s press release from the University of Virginia:

“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.”

London’s contract goes through 2016, but the university and coach have come to a financial agreement that will pay him approximately $2.7 million through 2016.

University of Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage stated in the release a national search for the new head coach has already begun.

Stay with 8News for updates.

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