Mike London gets contract extension

Virginia coach Mike London received a two-year contract extension that will extend his current deal through 2016, the school announced today. London’s annual compensation increases to $2.1 million. The extension includes a longevity bonus that London can earn effective Jan. 15, 2015. The extension also includes additional compensation for the assistant football coaches on the Cavalier staff.

“Mike London and his staff are a great fit for the University of Virginia,” Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage said in a prepared statement. “Commitment and continuity on the staff are major components of building a program. We want to keep the program's momentum moving and this extension will help achieve that.”

This season London was named the ACC's Coach of the Year after leading the Cavaliers to an 8-4 record including a 5-3 mark in league play. Virginia’s berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl is the program’s first bowl appearance since the 2007 season.

“I'm very grateful, humbled and appreciative of this gesture by the University," London said in a prepared statement. “I am truly blessed to be working at one of the nation’s finest universities with an administration that is supportive of the type of football program we all want to have that reflects the University’s values and mission.

“More than anything, this says that everyone involved with the Virginia football program has done an outstanding job. From the assistant coaches, the support staff and most importantly our student-athletes. They all believed from day one that we can accomplish great things here and I think this is just the start of a very bright future for Virginia football. I am very thankful to President (Teresa) Sullivan and athletic director Craig Littlepage for this extension.”