With a victory over FCS William & Mary on Saturday, Mike London would become the fourth Virginia coach since 1931 to win the first two season openers of his tenure and the first to accomplish such a feat since Bill Elias in 1961.
But of the three Cavaliers coaches that are in that group, only one – Art Guepe – finished his Virginia stint with a winning record. Elias went 16-23-1 in four seasons. Fred Dawson went 8-17-4 in three seasons (1931-33).
Guepe led the Cavaliers to a 47-17-2 record in seven seasons (1946-52) before leaving to take over the program at Vanderbilt. Guepe, in case you were curious, was a Marquette grad.
Today, the Cavaliers will sport orange tops and blue pants, the same uniform combination they wore for last season’s debut. And why not? They beat FCS Richmond, 34-13, in that game.
When Demetrious Nicholson starts at cornerback Saturday, he will become Virginia’s first true freshman cornerback to start in a season opener since Kevin Cook in 1986, according to the athletic department’s sports information office.
Between Cook and Nicholson, only two other Cavalier true freshmen defensive players have started on opening day – defensive end Kwakou Robinson in 2002 and linebacker Ahmad Brooks in 2003.