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Mike London plans to measure the 2010 season 'in increments'

The final question of Virginia Coach Mike London's press conference Wednesday centered on how the first-year coach of a program that went 3-9 last season will measure the upcoming campaign, in terms of whether he considers it a success. London said he has no victory benchmark that the team must reach in order for him to feel good about it once it has concluded.

Rather, he said he will break the season -- his entire first year at the helm of Virginia's football program, really -- into more specific categories and determine how he and the team performed. London has spent the last eight months canvassing the region in attempts to re-invigorate Virginia's fan base, repair relationships with high school coaches in certain areas of recruiting interest and convince recruits that Charlottesville is the place they want to be.

Those, he said, were the first steps. The next one will come Friday when the team begins training camp. And then, of course, there is the season opener Sept. 4 against Richmond, the program London left to take the Virginia job.

"It’s in increments and it’s in segments, and I think right now talking about meeting people and going out and re-investing, I consider that a plus," London said. "Talk about the recruiting that we want to do, I consider that a plus right now. So, to me, it’s just a series of improvements as we go along.

"We’ve done the community thing. Our players have been exposed to that. Now the season starts, so any part of the season that we’re showing that we’re very competitive, we’re playing with the temperament of the head coach and the coordinators, then I’ll consider that a plus.

"We don’t have a number of wins, whether that’s going to be a successful season or not. I mean, at the end of the year we’ll talk about if we’ve made enough strides or gains to consider the season a plus. But going into it right now, our mind-sets are focused. We’re ready to go. We’re excited. If you look around, the facilities have been upgraded, there’s a constant theme and message about what we want to be like, what we want to play like, how we want to act. And so, you know, we’re looking forward to having an opportunity to increase again and improve again on the field."

By Steve Yanda  |  August 4, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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