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Bronco Mendenhall ranked 32nd out of Power Five football coaches by CBS Sports

Virginia’s head coach dropped six spots after 2-10 first season.

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Bronco Mendenhall enters his second year at the helm of Virginia football.
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Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall landed in the 32nd spot out of CBS Sports’ ranking of the 65 Power Five football coaches, down six spots from his position (#26) in last year’s ranking.

Here’s what CBS Sports had to say:

“Bronco was on the precipice of our top 25 last season, but after a rough start to his Virginia tenure, he tumbles a bit in the rankings. Last year's 2-10 mark was Mendenhall's first losing season as a head coach. Will 2017 be his second?”

Virginia’s expectations are relatively low again for this coming season, but perhaps a friendlier schedule - which features William & Mary, UConn, and Indiana - will allow the Hoos to crack bowl eligibility for the first time since the 2011 Chick Fil A Bowl.

Within the ACC, Mendenhall beat out #59 Dave Doeren (NC State), #51 Dino Babers (Syracuse), #50 Steve Addazio (BC), #46 Dave Clawson (Wake Forest), #43 Pat Narduzzi (Pitt), and #34 Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech). Larry Fedora (UNC) at #26 was the only ACC coach ahead of Mendenhall in the first release of the rankings, which covers numbers 26-65.

The Virginia football season kicks off on Saturday, September 2, against William & Mary.