Howard University Football Coach Mike London Says “What happened in Vegas definitely didn’t stay in Vegas” After Defeating UNLV Last Month

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Mike London of the Howard Bison instructs his players as they warm up before a game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Howard won 43-40. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Howard University head football coach Mike London joined Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson to discuss being a police officer, the Howard Bison beating UNLV and more on Scoop B Radio. Press Play Below to Listen


Last month, Howard University did the impossible by defeating the UNLV Rebels 43-40.

Caylin Newton, younger brother of Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton led the charge for the Bison by throwing for 140 yards and a touchdown under center.

The irony of Howard beating UNLV in Las Vegas is comical, if you ask me.

Deemed as the the biggest upset in college football history based on the betting line. According to various betting services, placing a $100 bet on Howard University beating UNLV would have made the winner $55,000 more richer.

That’s a year’s worth of college loan repayment right there!

What happened in Vegas definitely didn’t stay in Vegas,” Howard University head football coach Mike London told me on Scoop B Radio. “To really make some of the national attention, it is great for the school, it is good for the university and it is good for all Howard Alumni and stakeholders.”

Added Coach London:

“We want to improve as a football team to continue and get back on that winning ledger again,” but it was a great event it was a great opportunity to have our guys travel out there and experience that whole experience there so now that we are getting the season started we are excited that they are coming to Howard this time.”


Howard was a 45 point road underdog against UNLV. According to coach London, the team’s motivation was high going in. “Well you know we came here with a new culture and new understanding on how we want to operate the program,” he said.

“So when you have that kind of by in and it tends to show the kids that things are possible. We adopted the phrase mission possible and that is on the field and off the field and in the classroom. All those things that we took that to Las Vegas with us and we experienced a great victory.”

At 2-3, Howard is currently 5th in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. They’ll play Delaware State this weekend in Delaware. They’re looking to kick into high gear.

Howard University football players celebrating after big win over UNLV. Photo Credit: Washington Times

Howard beating UNLV was a big deal. Usually bigger schools gloss over a smaller school coming in. It makes you wonder if that victory will make huge schools think twice. “I have been on both sides of it,” said London. Whether it is at Howard or UNLV or at your high school you play the field is 100 yards so all that matters is what happens between the white lines.”

He added:

“I think you know a lot of it has to do with mindset. You get FDS schools and you maybe play a lower division and it is human nature is what you make of it sometimes and you  undervalue, you underestimate who you get ready to play against. On the other hand, guys that get a chance to go play an upper level school you know it is a great opportunity because they might get to be seen by a school that they are going to get recruited by an SDS school or an opportunity to play and show what they can do and that is something that they covet as well. So we just happened to hit the right moment at the right time and our guys were anxious and willing to play and lived with the mindset that when we travel to go play a game we travel to go win a game in all games in not just because it’s an FDS school. That was a mind set that we created. We are continuing  to strive to have that no matter it be home or away.”

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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B. As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin' Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He's also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine. He's a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University. You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit to listen. For inquiries and to contact Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson visit