Bronco Mendenhall surprised the college football world when he elected to bolt from BYU to become the head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers. Since then, he has sustained an ugly 2-10 season in his debut but, in general, the job is seen as a long-term project and Mendenhall isn’t in any danger.
However, the Cavaliers recently self-reported a massive 32 (!) violations to the NCAA and, because of just how many there were, Virginia’s case is a Level II issue that would be described by the governing body as a “significant breach of conduct.” To be fair to Virginia, the reported issues were centered around repeated appearances by assistant coaches in photos with recruits at an illegal time.
In short, this isn’t the worst violation in the world but to do it 32 times is rather inexplicable. As a result, Mendenhall released the following statement:
“I am disappointed these actions occurred during engagements with prospects and resulted in violations. It is incumbent upon everyone associated with our program to have a complete understanding of the NCAA bylaws and interpretations and it’s my responsibility to ensure that happens. We have already taken steps with our compliance staff to improve our training and rules education to ensure we meet that standard. It is our goal to operate at the highest level of compliance to support the University and positively represent our students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and community.”
Virginia slapped itself on the wrist and, hopefully for their sake, the NCAA won’t come down any harder. Still, this is an odd look simply because of the sheer volume of nonsense.