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BYU's Bronco Mendenhall named the next Virginia Football head coach

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Virginia Athletics director Craig Littlepage announced on Friday that BYU's Bronco Mendenhall will be the next head coach of Virginia Football.

"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 in a release. "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."

"I wish to express my appreciation to President Teresa Sullivan, Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage and Executive Associate Athletics Director Jon Oliver for their belief and trust in me to lead and guide the football program at the University of Virginia," Mendenhall said in the same release. "Professionally and personally I seek to embrace the highest standards in college sports, on and off the field, and I love the high standards both academically and athletically at Virginia. I am excited to not only help provide the continual growth and development of the student athletes academically but also reestablish Virginia as a consistent winner with a fiercely competitive and winning product on the football field."

"BYU has played the pivotal role in my professional and personal life and I will be forever indebted to the outstanding young men and exceptional people I have had the opportunity to work with at BYU. My success at BYU was possible because these great people chose the phenomenal, unique and faith-based experience available at BYU."

The news comes after a coaching search that lasted six days, three days shorter than former head coach Mike London's lasted.

Medenhall comes to Virginia from Brigham Young, where he has been head coach since 2005. The former Oregon State defensive back has a 99-42 head coaching record, and has led BYU to a bowl game in each of the 11 years he coached. At BYU, he never finished lower than 6-6, including five double-digit win seasons.

Virginia will be Mendenhall's second head coaching position.

Stay tuned to Streaking the Lawn for continuing coverage on this new hire!