WILLIAMSBURG — After leading the William & Mary football team to the program’s best regular season in school history, head coach Mike London has been selected as a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is given National Coach of the Year in Division I college football. subdivision.
London is one of 16 head coaches to earn the accolade after helping W&M claim the No. 5 seed in the upcoming NCAA playoffs.
In just his fourth season at W&M, London led the tribe to a school record 10 regular season wins and claimed a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title after going 7-1 in the league. Additionally, W&M posted a perfect 6-0 record on the road for the first time in the program’s 129-year history. The tribe’s impressive victories were marked by three victories against nationally ranked teams and a lopsided season-opening triumph over FBS opponent Charlotte.
One of the most productive teams in the country on both sides of the ball, W&M ranks 12th nationally in total attack (457.3) and 18th in scoring defense (20.4). Additionally, for the second straight season, the Tribe has established itself as one of the nation’s elite rushing offenses and currently ranks third nationally in yards per game rushing (274.0).
Named for legendary Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson, the award is in its 36th season, having first been presented in 1987. A national media panel will select the winner, who will be announced Dec. and honored at the FCS National Awards banquet on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas — on the eve of the national championship game.
The honor marks the second time London has been named a finalist for the award, as he was also selected in 2017 as head coach at Howard University.
After a goodbye this week, W&M’s quest for a national championship will continue when it hosts the Gardner-Webb/Eastern Kentucky winner at Zable Stadium on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.