A press release formally announcing London’s new contract terms is expected to be released by Virginia officials later Friday, but at a news conference Friday morning previewing Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl between the Cavaliers and Auburn, London declined to acknowledge that his new agreement had been finalized.
“At this time, my focus is on the game,” London said. “I know [Athletic Director] Craig Littlepage, [executive associate athletic director] Jon Oliver and [university president Teresa] Sullivan are working on those things. We’ve talked about those things. That’s something that if that’s happening and that’s going to go down, then I’m all happy about it and for it.
“But at this point, as far as making public comments about what’s happening and what they’re doing, I’m just excited about the opportunity to stay at Virginia for a long time. But at this particular event, and as we’re talking and getting ready for this game, that’s one thing that the powers that be continue to discuss.”
Littlepage did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment on London’s reported new contract.
On Dec. 8, 2009, London signed a five-year contract through 2014 that paid him an annual guaranteed salary of $1.7 million. The Cavaliers went 4-8 in 2010, London’s first season at the helm.
This fall, Virginia went 8-4 and were in position to play for a spot in the ACC championship game in its final regular season contest. The Cavaliers became bowl eligible for the first time in four years, and five players earned first- or second-team all-conference honors.
Per the terms of his original contract, London earned a $25,000 bonus for being named the 2011 ACC coach of the year and a $75,000 bonus for guiding Virginia to a bowl game.