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Maryland associate head coach and defensive line coach Mike London has agreed to become the head coach of the Howard University football team, according to FootballScoop.
London spent one year at Maryland, signing on last December to work under first-year head coach DJ Durkin. London coached Virginia the previous six seasons, resigning after going 4-8 in 2015. He went to one bowl game in his tenure in Charlottesville, finishing with a 27-46 record with the Cavaliers.
Before Virginia, London coached Richmond for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He took the Spiders to the FCS playoffs twice, winning the national championship in 2008.
Howard coach Gary Harrell’s contract was not renewed following the Bison’s 2-9 season. Howard went 1-10 in 2015 and was 20-36 in five seasons under Harrell, with one winning record.
London is regarded as a strong recruiter for his ability to connect with recruits.
“He’s as good of a recruiter in terms of being personable,” Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell told the Washington Post before the season. “What makes a guy personable? It’s authenticity. It’s because it’s the truth. It’s not a fake.”
London was considered an integral part of Maryland’s 2017 recruiting class. The impact of his departure on the class is yet to be seen.
Edited by Justin Meyer.