Poll: Grading Mike London's first season as Virginia's HC
In Mike London's first season as Virginia's head coach, the Cavaliers went 4-8. The wins came over two 1-AA teams, a squad that finished in the bottom half of the Mid-American Conference and a widely renowned ACC program that was ranked No. 22 in the country at the time.
The Cavaliers owned an offense that ranked No. 4 in the ACC in passing yards per game and tied for No. 8 in turnovers lost. Virginia possessed a defense that tallied the fewest turnovers in the ACC and was porous against the run. That same defense ranked No. 4 in the ACC against the pass despite a constantly beat up secondary and a pass rush that generated infrequent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Virginia demonstrated considerable progress in kickoff returns and special teams creativity.
Only three teams in the nation were charged with more pentalty yards per game than the Cavaliers this fall.
As head of the program, London is responsible for all of the above, the good and the bad. He acknowledged as much during his press conference Wednesday.
"Anything that can be measured can be improved," London said when asked for a self-evaluation on his performance this season. "I’m responsible for offense, defense and special teams. I’m responsible for the team and how they performed, in the class room and off the field. And so I would say, even for myself, I’m a work in progress in making sure the things that happen this year, that they get better next year.
"That the semester that we’re getting ready to end up, that that’s a better semester than what it was when we finished in the summer and going into the season, that the improvements made here offensively and on special teams-wise, that they continue to improve, that the defense continues to improve and now that we have a majority of everyone coming back, that there’s a level of success and improvement that can be looked at on the field, in particularly.
"And my opportunities to still get out and embrace our fan base, our football alumni, continue to carry the message of (University of Virginia) President Sullivan, I’ll continue to do those (things) and I’ll get better at doing all those things. In any profession, any person always has an opportunity to improve, and that’s what I’m looking to do as we start the second season."
How do you think London performed during his first 12 games as head coach? The grade you give should reflect only your thoughts on how London fared as a coach this fall. It's fairly well established the success London and his staff have had on the recruiting trail and in getting things turned around in terms of the team's collective classroom performance. Feel free, as always, to expand on your choice in the comments section below and/or email me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| December 2, 2010; 7:16 AM ET
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