December 3, 2009
Mike London is thought to be on Virginia's short list of candidates to succeed Al Groh as the Cavaliers head football coach, but London is still focused on his current job as the head coach at Richmond. The Spiders face Appalachian State on Saturday night in the NCAA quarterfinals and that's where London is choosing to use his energy.
When asked about the Virginia job, London replied, "It's an unfortunate situation that just happened up there, and that's the reality of coaching and everything. In particular, as it relates to Appalachian State, my focus is on the game [with] Appalachian State, and my entire focus is on that. So, I'm not going to talk about speculations, or rumors, or anything like that. I mean, I've got a ballgame to try to prepare for and win.
"I would appreciate that any questions or any conjecture, or hypothetical scenarios and all that stuff, you could be sensitive to the fact that I'm the head coach at the University of Richmond. I'm getting ready for Appalachian State." This quote is according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
London is 24-4 in two seasons at Richmond and has the Spiders at 11-1 this year. Last season he guided Richmond to its first ever FCS National Championship.
Another name that has come up is Al Golden, the current head coach at Temple. Golden was honored as the MAC Coach of the Year on Wednesday after leading the Owls to a 9-3 season and a school record nine game winning streak. Temple will take the field in a bowl game this winter for the first time since 1979.
Skip Holtz saw his name enter the mix on Wednesday, but since then has said that he is not looking to leave East Carolina. ESPN reported that Holtz was a candidate for the Virginia job and Thursday saw reports that he had been contacted about Notre Dame's open head coaching position as well.
We will continue to keep you up to date on all information surrounding the Virginia head coaching search.