1) True or false – VT’s win over UVA this year will end Mike London’s stint as head coach at UVA.
Chris Coleman: False. I think he’s got another year. I think the fact that their schedule is brutally difficult this year, and the fact that it will only be the first year with Tom O’Brien and Jon Tenuta on staff, will get London another year. However, if he has another losing record in 2014, he’ll be gone.
Mike London’s three seasons at UVA have looked like this…
2010: London inherited the mess that Al Groh left him and went 4-8 in his first season, with a 1-7 mark in the ACC.
2011: London went 8-5 and 5-3 in the ACC, eventually losing to Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. It was a great bounce back year, and many fans thought the program was moving forward. Many members of the media bought into the hype as well and picked the Hoos to beat the Hokies. Final score: VT 38, UVA 0.
2012: In London’s third year, UVA regressed back to a 4-8 season and only managed to win two ACC games.
I think it’s fair to say that London hasn’t handled UVA’s quarterback situation particularly well, and he’s lost to Duke in two of his three seasons in Charlottesville. I think he had two successful seasons with someone else’s players at Richmond, but his ability to build his own team and his own program is still a major question mark. I think he coaches too emotionally, as well.
If UVA has another losing season this year, that will be his third in four seasons. At that point I think he’ll get one more chance, but only one more. It’s not like he’s losing to the cream of the crop here. He’s losing to Duke, Wake Forest and Maryland. That’s not good, no matter how you slice it.
2) Which VT player drafted last weekend do you think is most likely to make an impact in the NFL this coming season?
CC: I suppose the guy who is “most likely” to...
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