Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall resigns
After six seasons as the head football coach of the Virginia Cavaliers, Bronco Mendenhall has decided to resign from his position. In those six years, Mendenhall saw just two winning seasons and had an overall record of 36-38, including a 1-2 bowl record. The 55-year-old coach has said this is not a lateral move at the moment, according to Brett McMurphy, he does not have another job currently lined up.
Bronco Mendenhall has resigned at Virginia. Mendenhall, who turns 56 in February, is not leaving for another job, source told @ActionNetworkHQ
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 2, 2021
Mendenhall was notably the head coach at BYU from 2005-2015, having the sustained success that anyone would hope for at a smaller program like that. Mendenhall built a program that won 69 percent of their games while he was there and has continued to win at a 63 percent clip on top of the foundation that he built. It simply did not work out in Virginia and that happens from time to time. but Mendenhall is still a good football coach who has a strong resume and a very good chance at improving a team in the future.
Maybe he sits out one year and waits to see if a few bigger jobs open up but we think his best shot is to go to another group-of-five school or maybe one that is joining a bigger conference soon and try to build over there. Akron, Troy, and Temple have openings but if he can get an interview with Colorado State then that may be his best bet.
Colorado State fired their head coach Steve Addazio abruptly on Thursday, after two seasons, maybe there is something already in the works? Mendenhall sure knows that area well from his time at BYU and there are low expectations in a big conference (PAC-12)…stay tuned!