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Virginia requests to speak with London

Virginia has requested to speak with Richmond Coach Mike London about its head coaching vacancy, according to London’s agent. London has been considered a frontrunner for the job since Al Groh was dismissed last Sunday, although his Spiders remained active in the division I-AA postseason.

Richmond lost to Appalachian State in the quarterfinals on Saturday, immediately pushing London into the forefront of the Cavaliers’ opening. London's agent, Dennis Cordell, said Virginia sought permission Sunday morning, mere hours after Richmond's loss.

“My thoughts are in the locker room with those guys that kind of laid it out on the line, and the only thoughts is what I do nightly with my [daughters] after the game, and make the choice of whether it’s hot cocoa or tea,” London said after the game when asked about the possibility that he coached his final game at Richmond. “That’s what I’m thinking about right now.”

The news of Virginia’s request was first reported by The Associated Press Sunday afternoon. Cordell later confirmed the news to The Post in a text message.

London is a Virginia native who has twice served as a Cavaliers assistant. In two seasons at Richmond, London is 24-5. He won the 2008 national championship in his first season.

By Zach Berman  |  December 6, 2009; 4:34 PM ET
 
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