Before hiring Dave Clawson to coach the University of Richmond’s football team in 2004, then-Spiders athletic director Jim Miller interviewed Mike London. Miller was determined to land Clawson, who had steered Fordham to national relevance, and didn’t consider London a serious candidate.
But London is a Richmond graduate — he played defensive back for the Spiders — and despite his lack of coordinator, let alone head-coaching, experience, Miller felt obligated to grant him an audience. After a two-hour conversation, Miller knew he had found, if necessary, Clawson’s successor.
“He was that impressive,” Miller said
Sure enough, when Clawson left to become Tennessee’s...