CHARLOTTESVILLE – For perhaps the first time in his four-year tenure, Virginia football head coach Mike London on Monday fielded a question about his job security.
Athletic director Craig Littlepage indicated in Roanoke recently that London was not in any danger.
Since then, the Cavaliers’ losing streak has stretched to four games, including a 35-22 home loss to Duke on Saturday in a game the Cavaliers had led 22-0.
Virginia (2-5, 0-3 ACC) is a 10-point underdog for its homecoming game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2).
“I believe that the process that’s going on here is one, although painstakingly slow, is a process that will be successful,” London said at his weekly news conference.
“I’m very appreciative that the administrators and the people that make those decisions have the utmost confidence in me. I’m 100-percent committed to winning.”
London was named ACC coach of the year following the 2011 season, when the Cavaliers played in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and went 8-5. However, Virginia is 6-15 in its last 21 games, including 4-15 against Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
“I know how to win,” London said. “I’m always excited about the challenge that presents itself, whether it’s negativity or whatever it may be. “It’s embrace the adversity, look it in the eye and tell the players, ‘Let’s go,’ because the only thing you can do is get ready for the next game.”
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