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Man this is really high. I wasn't certain I'd see London on this list at all much less in the top 6. Things like this can really hurt recruiting so I hope we can get some quality wins early. You don't want the national media dogging you. Really sickening to see him 14 spots above Edsall, but I guess that shows you how much a year can make a difference.
College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013
This post was edited by CAVALCADE 13 months ago
Like Jamie has said in the past, I don't think he's on it this year, but I think he'll be on it for the 2014 season if we have another 4-8 season this year.
Oliver has already said people have to be patient with the new systems, so that tells me ML will get a pass this season if we end up with another losing one.
This post was edited by tripper1 13 months ago
Coach London will get two more years. I thought the 2012 season was more on the coaches than the players. We lost 2 or 3 games on the sidelines last year. Yes the team was young but no way we should be losing to Wake and Maryland at home. LaTech and VaTech were also two very winnable games that were managed poorly at the end. I'm not even going to get into some of the other disappointing aspects of last year. I do think we will make strides this year on the sidelines and on the field. We can win 6 to 8 games next year if we can get some consistent production from the qb position.
I don't place the LA Tech loss on London. He wasn't the one that jumped offsides to lose the game.
I think the article is off base. The mood in C'ville seems like he's safe this year, although I disagree with that mood.
If we don't go bowling this year, we should stop wasting our time and move on. Good coaches simply do not have back to back losing seasons after already proving they can win 8 games. If we're really on the right track here, we should at least go 8-5 this season, even with the tough schedule. If we can manage to go bowling AND beat VT, then that would be a good sign too. Anything less than that, and we're just prolonging the inevitable. 2 seasons ago, everyone was looking at this squad and saying we could be REALLY good in 2013. Now, we're looking at the schedule and the team and wondering if we can even make a bowl. I think that's a bad sign.
London will be back in '14. All the powers-to-be are bought into a two-year commitment. Plus, all understand the potential that exist with the '14 recruiting class and there's no way anyone will hint at a possible coaching change to risk losing top prospects.
I agree that BYU will be a tough game, but, thinking about now (i.e., in the spring), it sets up to be tell-tale. If we get hammered, then 2013 will almost certainly be a bust; if we hang in or even win, then we have a more than legitimate shot at going bowling. Mike London was brought here to beat teams like BYU -- in year four, he should at least be on the cusp. If we beat BYU, I can see us winning 7 games. If we lose a close one, I can see us flirting with 6. If we get blown out, I think we'll be lucky to sniff 4 or 5. Every bone in my diehard body wants to believe that we will surprise people next year and publicly right the ship, but obviously I've been down the hope-shattered road before...
I think we will be better in all facets of the game. Offense, defense, and special teams. If we can win 4 games with two of those facets being bad last year, I like our chances of getting to a bowl game. Also our defense should be able to get more pressure on the quarterback which should create turnovers. It would be nice to help our offense out by giving them great field position. I feel good about next year. I think we will do better than most think. A lot depends on the quarterback position. We get consistency there, everything will start to fall in place.
BYU has not recruited at a higher level than us except one year in the last 6. In fact over the past 4 years BYU's classes average at around 60-70 where ours are in the 25-35 range. Bronco Mendenhall is a great coach, but talent should not be the excuse in this game, maybe talent development. Its a home game, last year when we were going into the Penn State game everyone would have looked ahead to this type of game and said its one of the ones we need to win. Year 4, home game against a team with less talent, these are the types of games that are a true gauge as to how things are going in cville. It needs to be a win regardless.
It's an Athlon article, not exactly some obscure web piece. He will be on all these lists this year, and it was posted first in another thread on Scoop.
I've said for years TOB should be your coach, it's Hoos that have poopooed me on that thought.
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