Bronco Mendenhall had one criteria at BYU in scheduling and one that remains, he did not want any cupcakes.
"When asked regarding what bowl game I'd like to play in or what team we'd like to play, my team now espouses my answer before we can say it, we want to play the best there is," said the new UVA head coach. "That's what I want. I want to play the best that there is."
This past month the ACC Coastal is welcoming three new coaches to the ranks" Mark Richt at Miami, Justin Fuentes to Virginia Tech and of course Mendenhall to Virginia. All three coaches bring with them a winning pedigree.
"We have some people that will bring a new look to the conference overall but to the division in particular, a veteran coach going to the University of Miami that's had sustained success at a great program at Georgia, a coach in Coach Bronco Mendenhall who is ascending in his career," said UVA athletic director Craig Littlepage. "There's still a lot of upside in terms of what he will be able to achieve in his career, and then at Virginia Tech a younger coach who has distinguished himself in the last several years as one of the up-and-coming head football coaches nationally."
A competition level that Mendenhall will certainly embrace, and one that enticed him to the job in the first place.
"That's where growth come. I'm not not afraid," said Mendenhall. "I love growth; I love challenge; I love opportunity, and this division and this conference is now trending in that direction and providing it."
" That is one of the reasons that he wanted this kind of opportunity," added Littlepage. "He wasn't concerned about what the competitive level was going to be and whom we were playing. He's about improving every day. Individually he's about improving his organization, and with Bronco Mendenhall and the other coaches referenced, we're all improving. "