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Bronco Mendenhall steps down as Virginia coach

Field Level Media
03 Dec 2021, 11:40 GMT+10

In another surprising turn of the college football coaching carousel, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall announced his resignation Thursday.

Mendenhall will step down following the Cavaliers' bowl game after six years leading the program.

"Clearly this week, there was a sense of clarity to me that I needed to step back from college football and reassess, renew, reframe and reinvent, with my wife as a partner, our future and the next chapter of our lives," he said in an interview with a local ABC affiliate.

Mendenhall, 55, said he decided to resign despite administrators at Virginia requesting that he stay.

Virginia went 6-6 in 2021 (4-4 in the ACC) and is just two years removed from appearing in the ACC Championship Game and the Orange Bowl. Mendenhall has a 36-38 record in his six seasons in Charlottesville.

Before taking that position, he spent 11 seasons as coach at BYU, where he had a record of 99-43.

"It has been a privilege to have Bronco Mendenhall direct the Virginia football team over the past six seasons," Virginia athletics director Carla Williams said in a statement. "He has done an exceptional job of not just transforming the program, but elevating the expectations for the program. He has established the necessary foundation to propel our football team upward. He is more than a football coach and the impact he has had on these young men will be a positive influence for the rest of their lives."

--Field Level Media

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