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Mike London sees low outside expectations as motivation for Cavs

The third question first-year Virginia Coach Mike London was asked Monday during the second of the ACC’s two football media days was what he thought of the Cavaliers being picked to finish sixth in the conference’s Coastal Division.
“Is that last?” London said. “We’ve got ‘em exactly where I want ‘em.”
Presumably, London was referring to the rest of the ACC and not his own squad with the latter part of that response.
Virginia garnered just 126 total votes in the conference’s preseason media poll, the fewest of any ACC team. That’s the kind of respect a squad gets after finishing a season 3-9 and bringing in a new coach to turn the program around.
“You know, it is what it is,” London said. “And obviously, you try to take things like that and use it as motivation, but I don’t think I need to use that as a motivating factor for our team. We are what people think we are. All I’m worried about is what we think about ourselves and then how we do on the field. So far, what I think about our players, my thoughts are positive thoughts about where we are and what we’re doing now. The season starts here pretty soon, and we’ll talk again, I would assume, after the season’s over.”

By Steve Yanda  |  July 27, 2010; 11:21 AM ET
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