Virginia head football coach Mike London credits the continuity of his coaching staff as a big reason for the Cavaliers' turnaround in 2011.
And that coaching staff will remain intact for a third season, after offensive coordinator Bill Lazor announced Friday night that he's staying at UVa.
"I am excited to let everyone know I am still a Cavalier and will be a part of coach London’s staff for the upcoming season," Lazor said in a statement released by the school Friday night.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that Lazor was a candidate for the offensive coordinator spot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, under their new head coach Greg Schiano.
"I appreciate coach London recently allowing me the chance to discuss a unique opportunity with an NFL team," Lazor said in his statement. "I think all of us on his staff appreciate the comments he made the other day about professional growth and development. He truly cares about the people that work with him."
"I was very happy when Bill told me he was still going to be a member of our coaching staff," London said in the same statement released by UVa. "He has done a wonderful job with the development of our team and I know he believes we can make even more improvement this year. I’m happy he will be here to help us continue to build something special at Virginia."
Under Lazor, the UVa offense finished fourth in the ACC in total offense in 2011, averaging 399.8 yards per game. The Cavalier offense finished third in the league with 404.8 yards per game in 2010, Lazor's first season on the staff.
Before his arrival at UVa, Lazor spent time as an assistant with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Falcons.
The Cavaliers are coming off an 8-5 season in 2011, and the program's first bowl appearance in four years.