Virginia hires BYU's Bronco Mendenhall as new head coach


The college coaching carousel is in full swing and delivered another surprise Friday afternoon.

The University of Virginia hired Bronco Mendenhall as its new football coach, director of athletics Craig Littlepage announced Friday. He signed a five-year deal worth at least $3.25 million per year. Mendenhall will be introduced Monday during a 10 a.m. press conference.

This announcement comes just five days after Mike London resigned as Virginia's coach following a 4-8 season in 2015. During his six years at the program, Virginia went 27-46 overall and 11-29 in the ACC.

Mendenhall was previously the head coach at Brigham Young University, where he won 99 games in 11 seasons at the helm. Mendenhall led BYU to a bowl game in each season he was there, a feat only achieved by 10 other programs in that time span. He intends to coach BYU in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.

"Bronco Mendenhall's teams have consistently won at a high level and he's demonstrated the ability to create a strategic vision to build a program and then implement his plan to be successful," Littlepage said. "His emphasis on the overall development of student athletes and a commitment to academic achievement is in line with our goals of Uncompromised Excellence. We're excited to begin a new era of Virginia football and support Bronco and his staff."

At Virginia, Mendenhall will be able to build a program in a Power 5 conference -- BYU has been independent since leaving the Mountain West Conference in 2011 -- and lead the Cavaliers out of the doldrums of the crowded ACC Coastal. However, with Mark Richt (Miami) and Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech) also joining a division already led by an up-and-coming North Carolina program, Mendenhall will have his work cut out for him if he wants to make an immediate impact.

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