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UVA athletics director Craig Littlepage announces retirement

Virginia director of athletics Craig Littlepage announced today (Sept. 5) he will retire from his position.

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UVA athletics director Craig Littlepage remains on adjusted schedule

UVA announced today the temporary adjusted schedule for director of athletics Craig Littlepage will continue.

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UVA announces temporary adjusted schedule for AD Craig Littlepage

UVA announced an adjusted schedule for director of athletics Craig Littlepage from Oct. 24 through Jan. 2 to attend to family matters.

Virginia gets its man: No leaks key to landing Bronco Mendenhall

The great mystery to the news that Bronco Mendenhall is the new head football coach at the University of Virginia is … how the heck were they able to keep that state secret?

Transcript: Virginia introduces Bronco Mendenhall as new football coach

New University of Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall and UVA athletics director Craig Littlepage address reporters at a press conference on Monday.

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Bronco Mendenhall hire puts a new spin on Craig Littlepage legacy at UVA

Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage had taken to carrying that Capital One Cup around as a protective shield.

UVA football coach Mike London resigns

University of Virginia director of athletics Craig Littlepage announced today the resignation of head football coach Mike London, effective immediately.

Miami loss may mark end for Mike London: But silver linings for UVA football in defeat?

Saturday’s 27-21 loss at Miami was another frustrating result for UVA football. The Cavs (3-6, 2-3 ACC) were once again right there, as they were in the 34-27 loss to #5 Notre Dame in Week 2, and their losses to Pitt and UNC last month.

You’re kidding yourself if you think Mike London isn’t still at UVA in 2016

Google searches related to UVA football are as likely to include references to dumpster fires as bowl destinations, but that will happen when you’re 1-3, the one was a narrow win over an FCS school, and the last of the three was a 56-14 loss at home to an unranked team.

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UVA athletics announces staff promotions

UVA director of athletics Craig Littlepage announced Wednesday (Aug. 12) the elevation of six staff members.

Podcast: UVA athletics director Craig Littlepage talks College World Series, national championship

UVA athletics director Craig Littlepage talks with reporters on Thursday on the 2015 College World Series and the program’s first national championship.

Craig Littlepage: Winning not important with UVA football

UVA athletics director Craig Littlepage may lose the last few supporters he has with his perspective on the importance of wins and losses with his department’s signature program.

Why Craig Littlepage doesn’t care: The UVA athletics money trail

Logic would seem to dictate that yet another losing season for UVA football under Mike London would bring about a financial impetus for change.

Odd timing to announcement about Mike London return to UVA

It was becoming clear that UVA Athletics Director Craig Littlepage was planning to bring football coach Mike London back in 2015. But what about the timing of the announcement?

Surprised at UVA move on Mike London?

UVA Athletics Director Craig Littlepage made it official on Wednesday, telling Wahoo Nation that football coach Mike London would be back for 2015, cooling the hot seat talk, for now, anyway.

UVA football coach Mike London to return for 2015 season

Mike London will return as head football coach at UVA for the 2015 season University of Virginia Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage announced on Wednesday.

Scott German: Smashmouth key to UVA, Virginia Tech football clash

November 29th, 2003. An important date in UVA football history. The last time the Cavaliers’ tasted victory against in-state rival Virginia Tech. seniors on this year’s squad were about 12 years old.

Has Mike London saved his job?

At 4-6, on a four-game losing streak, Miami was probably the last must-win game for Mike London as the embattled UVA coach tried to fight his way off the hot seat.

Mike London can still save his job: All he has to do is beat FSU

The conventional wisdom is that Mike London came into the 2014 season knowing that there was a magic number that would keep him employed at the University of Virginia.

What happens when Mike London returns for a sixth season with UVA football?

No doubt that UVA athletics director Craig Littlepage will cite some vague notion of “improvement” as the rationale for giving Mike London yet another chance to get things turned around.

Is Mike London’s job at UVA safe yet?

As Virginia football slogged to a 2-10 finish in 2013, it wasn’t a safe bet that UVA football coach Mike London wouldn’t be canned at the end of the season, and that if he somehow made it past that stage he wouldn’t then be a dead man walking in 2014.

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UVA claims 2014 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Achievement Award

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to honor the University of Virginia as the recipient of the 2014 Division I Achievement Award. The Cavaliers have now won the award ten times in the 19 years of its existence.

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Commonwealth Clash adds to rivalry between UVA, Virginia Tech

The longstanding rivalry between UVA and Virginia Tech is getting a new name — the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529.

Mike London on the hot seat: Uncertainty impacts UVA football

UVA football coach Mike London is on the hot seat, which is to say, everybody in the locker room is on the hot seat. His assistants have to wonder what their address will be come Dec. 1. Players with eligibility beyond 2014 have to wonder what happens to them if London is let go, and a new staff comes in with a new approach.

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UVA student-athletes post plus-3.0 GPA for spring semester

Virginia student-athletes registered an outstanding academic performance during the Spring 2014 semester. The overall GPA for UVa’s 627 student-athletes in Spring 2014 was 3.0 for the second consecutive semester.

Chris Graham: The freakonomics behind UVA retaining Mike London

It was Adam Smith, the Wealth of Nations Adam Smith, who argued in 1776 that the daily operations of a firm are run by “principal clerks” who are essentially homogenous and interchangeable, whose “labour of inspection and direction may be either altogether or very nearly the same.” Which is another way of saying, when looking at UVA football in 2014, that the program is no better or worse off with Mike London as coach, somebody else as coach, or the proverbial empty chair, at least from an economics perspective.

Finally! Tony Bennett signs new seven-year deal with UVA

UVA Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage announced Tuesday that the University has signed men’s basketball head coach Tony Bennett to a new seven-year contract through the 2020-21 season.

Don’t worry, ‘Hoos: Tony Bennett ain’t leavin’ UVa.

Wahoo Nation is in a lather over the news, or lack thereof, regarding UVa. basketball coach Tony Bennett and his contract status.

Chris Graham: Craig Littlepage reiterates support for Mike London

With spring practice looming, UVa. athletics director Craig Littlepage is doubling down on his vocal support for embattled football coach Mike London.

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Final grades: UVa. student-athletes post strong academic fall semester

Student-athletes who compete for the UVa. athletics programs recorded a superlative academic performance during the fall 2013 semester.

Chris Graham: So, UVa. paid Mike London $1.09 million per win?

My Google News alert for Mike London keeps buzzing with columnists across the country writing about a USA Today analysis of how much D1 schools are paying their football coaches on a cost-per-win basis. According to the analysis, UVa. paid London $1.09 million per win in 2013. (With one of those wins coming against one of the weaker I-AAs in the country, VMI.)

Job status of Mike London appears secure despite 2-10 campaign

The last two UVa. football coaches responsible for 10-loss seasons – Sonny Randle in 1975 and Dick Bestwick in 1981 – were handed pink slips for their trouble. Al Groh got a pink slip from his alma mater in 2009 after going 3-9. Mike London, fresh off a 2-10 campaign, his third losing season in four years, appears to be on his way back in 2014.

Chris Graham: Forget Mike London, change needs to come in the culture at UVa.

Daily Press columnist David Teel asked Craig Littlepage point blank the question that legions of UVa. fans want answered. What is going on with your football program? The answer was unsettling. “I don’t have an answer right now,” Littlepage told Teel, “but it would be my goal to figure out what that answer might be.”

Chris Graham: Another new low for UVa. football?

There were fans across UVa. Nation who watched two plays of the 45-26 UVa. loss at Miami on Saturday: the opening kickoff and the first play from scrimmage, a botched wide-receiver screen that was intercepted and returned for a Miami touchdown and gave the ‘Canes a 7-0 lead six seconds into the game.

Chris Graham: The top recruits want Mike London, so … he’s staying?

Andrew Brown Sr., the father of consensus national Top 10 football recruit Andrew Brown Jr., “wanted to ensure Mike London is gonna be there, because that could change the situation around,” Brown Sr. said in a recent interview with the Washington Post.

Chris Graham: The road map for Mike London to save his job at UVa.

Logic to me dictates that Mike London is out at UVa. if his team loses out, finishes 2-10, losing its last nine in the process. Assuming that’s the case, that’s three losing seasons in four, which was enough to get his predecessor, Al Groh, fired.

Chris Graham: Craig Littlepage, Mike London, and Uncompromised Mediocrity

Women’s soccer is #1 in the nation, men’s basketball is ranked in the AP Top 25, baseball has been to two College World Series in the past five years. Craig Littlepage has a lot to trot out in defense of his tenure as athletics director at the University of Virginia.

Chris Graham: How the Mike London era could come to an end this weekend

Mike London could be coaching his final game at the University of Virginia this weekend. Yes, I get it, it’s not likely. UVa. does not make in-season changes the way you’d expect from a Southern Cal, which abruptly fired football coach Lane Kiffin earlier this season after a middling 3-2 start.

Chris Graham: Mike London, meet Dick Bestwick

Remember the DIck Bestwick era? An entire generation of UVa. sports fans and alums are only familiar with the name because they read it somwhere once. Bestwick’s last team at Virginia went 1-10 in 1981, capping a 16-49-1 tenure.

Craig Littlepage: Mike London is “our coach”

On the eve of the meltdown against Duke Saturday, UVa. athletics director Craig Littlepage was telling the Washington Post that beleaguered football coach Mike London will return in 2014 no matter how the rest of the 2013 season plays out.

Chris Graham: UVa. football is officially irrelevant

Duke has now taken five of its last six games against UVa., which is maybe not even arguably the worst program in the ACC now.

Chris Graham: Littlepage votes ‘confidence’ for Mike London

Make no bones about it. Mike London is not on any hot seat at UVa., despite his team’s 2-3 start.

Focus | London: ‘I will make winning a priority’

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Mike London is back for a third stint on the sidelines at Scott Stadium, this time as the man in charge of righting the course of the wayward University of Virginia football ship. “I will make winning a priority, but also by doing it the right way, and also […]

Groh not ‘retained,’ given $4.33M buyout

National search begins for new UVa. coach Story by Chris Graham Al Groh’s tenure as head football coach at the University of Virginia has come to an end, with an announcement from athletics director Craig Littlepage that Groh, 59-53 in nine seasons at his alma mater, would not be retained. In a statement released by […]

Groh pulls strings all the way to end

Column by Chris Graham I’m not buying it for a second, though I guess that makes me the butthead. “When I visited the guy in the glass,” Groh said after reading the last line in the poem “The Man in the Glass” at what turned out to be his final press conference as the head […]

David Reynolds | Littlepage?

Today the University of Virginia in a surprise announcement introduced its new men’s basketball coach. Not content to wait until the NCAA tournament concludes, Athletic Director Craig Littlepage told a startled press gathering that HE will be the new coach succeeding Dave Leitao, who he fired, or rather “asked to resign” last week. Mr. Littlepage […]

UVa. not extending Groh

A day after the completion of the third 5-7 season in Al Groh’s eight-year tenure at the University of Virginia, athletics director Craig Littlepage announced that the school is not extending his contract for an additional year. “In accordance with a specific clause in Virginia head football coach Al Groh’s contract, I have informed him […]

College Football: If not Groh, then how ’bout Littlepage?

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net And JMU felt bad putting the ball on the turf a couple of times in a 31-7 season-opening loss at Duke that the top-ranked team in I-AA thought it might be able to pull out. Virginia is somewhere in the area of where James Madison is right now, but the […]