Quick London news conference recap
Virginia's players are coming down to meet with reporters shortly, so there will be much more later. But a one-hour news conference confirmed much of what was reported over the past 36 hours: Mike London was Virginia's guy all along, and London wanted the Virginia job.
The word Athletic Director Craig Littlepage used was "fit." London fit what the athletic department sought, what many fans hoped and what former -- and current -- players requested. Perhaps most telling, he is the popular pick for Virginia high school coaches, and is committed to securing the top in-state players.
"I think we have to recapture the state of Virginia, make ourselves accessible to the coaches of Virginia," London said. "When you say, 'Come to my game, come to my venue', if you haven't been to theirs, if you haven't been in their communities, then why would they come to yours? So there's a lot of work to do. But we'll be hard at work in making sure we get that corrected."
The decision makers at Virginia have been eyeing London for a while. They liked him when he was an assistant with the Cavaliers and became even more impressed from his two years away.
One of the reasons Virginia made such a quick hire? "This is a situation where, having known this gentleman and working alongside of him and having respected him as a coach and a person, there wasn't a lot of interviewing that had to be done," Littlepage said.
London said he'd change the Cavaliers' defense from a 3-4 formation to a 4-3.
Expect a lot more on the blog and in Tuesday's Washington Post, but I'll leave you with this: One of the most impressive -- and surprising -- parts of Monday's news conference was the amount of former players who showed up, including Aaron Brooks, Chris Slade. Also, Fork Union Military Academy Coach John Shuman was in attendance.
December 7, 2009; 3:11 PM ET
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