Mike London, Maryland football’s associate head coach, is expected to be named head coach at Howard, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
London, 56, who resigned as Virginia’s head coach in 2015 after six seasons, spent just one year on DJ Durkin’s staff in College Park, where he also served as a defensive line coach and helped bolster the program’s recruiting presence in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region. Neither Maryland nor Howard officials would confirm London’s hiring on Friday evening. London did not respond to a request for comment.
He was one of Durkin’s first hires at Maryland, signing a two-year, $800,000 deal last December and becoming a key figure on a diverse staff that briefly included three former head coaches. London also played a pivotal role in Maryland’s 2017 recruiting class, which comprises 29 prospects and is projected to be the highest-rated class in program history.
It was widely assumed that London would be a head coaching candidate at another area school this offseason. He will return to the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision eight years after he left his post as Richmond’s head coach to take the same position at Virginia. At Howard, London will take over for Gary Harrell, who was fired in November after serving six seasons as head coach.
The Bison, who opened last season with a 52-13 loss at Maryland in College Park, finished 2-9 this season and 18-27 over Harrell’s tenure. On Thursday, Howard picked up a commitment from Georgia prospect Caylin Newton, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton.
London spent six seasons coaching at the FCS level at Richmond, including as head coach for two seasons beginning in 2008, when the Spiders won the national championship. He finished 27-46 at Virginia and holds a career head coaching record of 51-51.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that London spent five seasons at Virginia.