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Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage affirmed his support for football coach Mike London.
UVa AD Craig Littlepage
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Don’t look for Virginia to join the three Football Bowl Subdivision teams that removed their head coaches in the first six weeks of the season.
There is a level of concern with the Cavaliers’ program but fourth-year coach Mike London is not in any danger.
“You could say that,” UVa athletic director Craig Littlepage said Thursday night following a speech to the UVa Club of the Roanoke Valley.
The Cavaliers (2-3, 0-1) are trying to avoid a third straight loss when they visit Maryland (4-1, 0-1) for a 3:30 p.m. Saturday kickoff.
The Terps announced Thursday night that quarterback C.J. Brown is “doubtful,” meaning there is a 75-percent chance that he will not play.
Brown suffered a blow to the head last Saturday in a 63-0 loss at Georgia Tech and was forced to leave the game.
In the injury report that the ACC requires on the Thursday before conference games, Virginia reported that junior cornerback Demetrious Nicholson will not play as the result of an injury to a “lower extremity.”
Nicholson has started all 30 UVa games since his arrival at UVa in the summer of 2011.
Junior tight end Zach Swanson, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury, has been upgraded to probable for the Terps.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 48-27 home loss to Ball State that has been the topic of considerable discussion.
Reaction “has run the gamut,” Littlepage said. “There are some that are very frustrated and have let us know of their frustration. There are others who say, ‘OK, you guys said it was a process and you were making some changes. We’re with you.’ ”
Southern Cal, Connecticut and Miami of Ohio are the FBS schools that already have dispatched their head coach.
“I haven’t gotten many of those communications or suggestions,” said Littlepage, recently reappointed for five years by UVa’s Board of Visitors. “I think it’s more a predominant theme of ‘we should be playing better.’ ”
He said he has no doubt that London is the right man for the job.
“There’s a level of concern in that, after five games, we all believe we can play better than we have,” he said. “We should see improvement from week to week, [but] with some of the penalties and silly mistake, we’re doing things that don’t allow us to be successful.”
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