The Virginia Football team got its schedule (minus kickoff times) for the already wacky 2020 season yesterday as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced when games would be played. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall — complete with a very great surfer Hoo look — gave his thoughts on the new schedule in a three-minute video released by the school on Friday.
“It will be one of the most challenging schedules that I’ve had a chance to take on as a head coach,” Mendenhall said of the combination of opponent, timing, and extenuating circumstances (the whole global pandemic thing).
The Cavaliers open with VMI on Friday, September 11 in Charlottesville for their one non-conference game of the season. Mendenhall mentioned the lack of spring practice and how opening with a non-conference opponent on a Friday night should help the Hoos get ready.
Mendenhall goes on to talk about the Virginia Tech game landing early in the season, the timing of the two byes — before road trips to Clemson and Florida State — and how that will help the team, and about opening camp on August 10.
According to Coach, the team is amped despite the monotony of the current quarantine procedures. “My team cheered when I announced the schedule,” Mendenhall said with a smile. “When they saw the dates, when they saw the opponents, they said that just made the bubble easier.”
Virginia will start with four of its first five conference games on the road, but has a favorable back-half of the schedule with four-of-five games at home to close the season.
Give the full thing a listen here: