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The hiring of Bronco Mendenhall has similarities to the arrival of UVa legend George Welsh
Monday, August 29, 2016 12:00 am
By Doug Doughty firstname.lastname@example.org
The greatest era of Virginia football followed the hiring of a 49-year-old head coach with a history of overcoming obstacles. If new Cavaliers coach Bronco Mendenhall were to become the next George Welsh, who could complain? Mendenhall was 49 when he was named head coach in December. Welsh turned 49 just before his first season at UVa in 1982.
-“Both came from non-traditional programs and were going to a big state university,” said Tom O’Brien, twice a Virginia assistant and now an analyst for ESPN.
“One was faith-based and the other was a military academy.”
Welsh had spent nine seasons as the head coach at the Naval Academy, his alma mater, where he had gone 55-46-1. Mendenhall was the head coach for 11 seasons at Brigham Young, where he went 99-43.