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Bronco Mendenhall, who works after a bowl game, steps down as Virginia football coach

Bronco Mendenhall, who works after a bowl game, steps down as Virginia football coach

Bronco Mendenhall has stepped down as head football coach at Virginia, after the team's bowl game.

Mendenhall, 55, is 36-38 with the Cavaliers in six seasons, including 6-6 in 2021, and Virginia will discover its bowl destination on Sunday.

It has been a privilege to have Bronco Mendenhall direct the Virginia football team over the last six seasons, Virginia athletics director Carla Williams said. He has done a fantastic job of not just changing the program, but also exceeding the expectations for the program. He has established the necessary foundation to propel our football team up. He is more than a football coach, and the impact he has on these young guys will be a positive influence for the rest of their lives.

Mendenhall went to Virginia in 2016 after 11 seasons at BYU, a rather strange move at the time. The Cavaliers went 2-10 in his first season, but went 8-5 in 2018 and 9-5 in 2019, before slipping back to.500 in the previous two years.

Virginia, along with Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Duke, becomes the fourth Power 5 school with a head-coaching opening, but the Fighting Irish are expected to take over defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman as head coach.

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