CSL.com has learned that BYU head coach Gary Crowton will announce the hiring of Bronco Mendenhall from University of New Mexico to replace the retiring Ken Schmidt as the defensive coordinator of the Cougars. Mendenhall received approval from the Board of Trustees on Tuesday. More details to follow.
What remains to be seen is who else might be joining the staff. Our sources indicate that it is unlikely that Mendenhall will bring any other assistants from New Mexico with him to BYU. However, one coach who is likely to join the Cougars is Todd Bradford, now the secondary coach at Middle Tennessee State. Bradford worked with Crowton at Louisiana Tech and was in serious consideration for a position with the Cougars last year after being fired at Wisconsin.
This would also mean that safeties coach Barry Lamb would likely be leaving the program. Mendenhall and Bradford have both coached in the secondary and a reorganization of the coaching responsibilities of several of the current coaches might be needed to accomodate the skills of the incoming staff.