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Bronco Mendenhall stepping down as University of Virginia head football coach

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Bronco Mendenhall is stepping down as the University of Virginia’s head football coach.

After six seasons coaching the Cavaliers, he says it’s time for him to go.

“I’ve been a head coach for 17 years. I was an assistant 11 before then, and I was a graduate assistant two years before then, and that’s 31 years straight of football," he said. "My wife and I will have been married 25 years in March. All we’ve known together is the rhythm of a football season. That’s all my kids have known, and this January all three will be gone. Holly and I will be empty nesters.”

He insisted this year’s losing streak was not a factor in his decision, and said UVA had asked him to stay, but last Sunday he claimed to have a revelation.

Mendenhall led UVA to an ACC Coastal Division championship in 2019. He told reporters he would get the team ready for this year’s bowl game and hoped his departure would not detract from a victory there.

“I believe I have a father in heaven. If believe if I really try to connect I can receive direction and promptings – now it takes courage to act on those, and faith," he said. "Most every decision that’s been positive in my life has been when I’ve listened, and most of the time kind of a natural part of me says, ‘Don’t do that!’ but inside I know that’s what I’m supposed to do, so yeah where else would I start but what I think governs all?”

You can read the entire announcement from UVA here.

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