London expected to be announced coach on Monday
Virginia is expected to introduce Richmond Coach Mike London as the Cavaliers’ next head football coach at a Monday news conference.
London, 49, will replace Al Groh, who was fired as Virginia’s coach last week after nine seasons. He is well known within Cavaliers circles after serving as an assistant at Virginia under Groh on two different occasions: from 2001-2004 as defensive line coach and from 2006-2007 as defensive coordinator. London’s younger brother, Paul, played for the Cavaliers from 1991-1995 and his oldest daughter played basketball at Virginia.
“I played for Mike, and there's not a guy who I think has more passion who's going to be in the race than Mike London,” said former Virginia all-American Chris Long, who now plays for the St. Louis Rams. “Passion to play, passion for the game of football. Solid guy, family guy.”
London, a Virginia native, was identified as the front runner for the Cavaliers job from the day Groh was dismissed, according to sources. His expected hire concludes a rapid 24 hours. Richmond was eliminated from the division I-AA playoffs on Saturday night. London’s representative said Virginia requested permission to speak with London on Sunday morning. Late Sunday night, a Virginia spokesman announced plans for a 1 p.m. news conference on Monday.
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