CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Atlantic Coast Conference media days (all times local):
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall says the team is placing an increased emphasis...
Ending last season on a high note gave Virginia plenty of momentum heading into the offseason, and coach Bronco Mendenhall has said the positive energy continued during spring practice and summer...
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has given football coach Bronco Mendenhall a two-year contract extension.
Athletic director Carla Williams made the announcement Thursday. The extension...
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall says the Cavaliers have added two graduate transfer wide receivers.
Mendenhall says Dejon Brissett of Richmond and Terrell...
Hall of Fame college football coach George Welsh dies
George Welsh, who coached football at Virginia for 19 years and retired as the Atlantic Coast Conference's career victories leader, has died.
The school made the announcement in a release Friday, saying Welsh's family says he died peacefully in Charlottesville on Wednesday. He was 85.
Welsh compiled a 134-86-3 record at Virginia from 1982-2000. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, and the school named its indoor practice facility for him when it was completed in 2013.
Confident Bentley, South Carolina set to take on Virginia
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jake Bentley threw for 510 yards and five touchdowns against No. 2-ranked Clemson last month, so don't expect the South Carolina quarterback to be afraid of anyone — even though his best wide receiver won't play Saturday against Virginia in the Belk Bowl.
Bentley said South Carolina's offense has a "never scared mentality."
Virginia coach Mendenhall: Hokies ‘not just another game’
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall is embracing the importance of this week's game against Virginia Tech.
The Cavaliers (7-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) finish the regular season in Blacksburg on Friday against the Hokies (4-6, 3-4). The game for the Commonwealth Cup has taken on added importance for both programs in recent days.
Virginia, Liberty meet in rare late nonconference matchup
Virginia is stepping out conference play this weekend when the Cavaliers host Liberty.
It's a scheduling oddity for Virginia, which is in contention for the ACC's Coastal Division title and the Cavaliers say they will not look past the Flames on Saturday.
Virginia linebacker Malcolm Cook ends playing career
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall says sixth-year linebacker Malcolm Cook has decided to end his playing career.
Mendenhall says the oft-injured Cook will have a medical procedure for a sports hernia that would cause him to miss the remainder of the season.
Cook has appeared in four games this season and accounted for 20 tackles. During 19 career games, he amassed 70 total tackles and two sacks.
Back in Top 25, Virginia remains focused on winning division
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Now that the Cavaliers are ranked, bowl eligible and have announced that winning the ACC's Coastal Division is their goal, they want to maintain the focus that has carried them to a three-game winning streak.
Coach Bronco Mendenhall would rather the 23rd-ranked Cavaliers keep some things to themselves, but appreciates their excitement, too.
Perkins leads Virginia past North Carolina, 31-21
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Bryce Perkins doesn't think Virginia has much to celebrate just yet.
Perkins threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and the Cavaliers beat North Carolina 31-21 Saturday, keeping the Cavaliers atop the ACC's Coastal Division standings and giving them bowl eligibility for the second year in a row, a first for the program since 2005.
"We're not satisfied," the junior transfer said. "We want the Coastal."
Perkins leads Virginia past Duke 28-14
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Bryce Perkins did a little bit of everything to lead Virginia to another upset victory.
Perkins passed for 189 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed for 61 yards and two scores to help the Cavaliers beat Duke 28-14 on Saturday afternoon.
Virginia (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) backed up its 16-13 win over Miami, its first against a ranked opponent since 2014, with its fourth consecutive victory over Duke. The Cavaliers won as underdogs for the second week in a row.
Virginia, Duke meet in pivotal ACC Coastal Division matchup
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A big victory gave Virginia confidence that it can win its Atlantic Coast Conference division. Duke feels the same way after earning an important victory on the road.
Two unlikely Coastal contenders meet Saturday when the Cavaliers visit the Blue Devils.
Mendenhall pledges $500,000 to Virginia fundraising project
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall and his family have pledged to give $500,000 to the school's fundraising project.
The gift was announced Thursday. It is to support construction of the football program's new operations center.
Virginia wants to be ACC contender, faces road test vs Duke
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Less than an hour after Virginia wrapped up a victory against Miami, Cavaliers safety Juan Thornhill began making predictions.
still in his uniform, Thornhill said the victory "woke everybody up" and declared the Cavaliers contenders to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
On Monday, Thornhill's brash talk made coach Bronco Mendenhall smile.
"It's the next challenge in our program," the Cavaliers' third-year coach said.
Virginia uses defense to beat No. 16 Miami, 16-13
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — All week long, Bronco Mendenhall said, he had a sense that Virginia was ready to perform on a big stage.
The Cavaliers proved their coach right Saturday night, getting a touchdown from Jordan Ellis, three field goals from Brian Delaney and a stout defensive performance in a 16-13 victory over No. 16 Miami.
Virginia looks to finish the job in rematch vs No.16 Miami
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's last meeting with Miami looked like it was going to be a highlight of the Bronco Mendenhall Era — until it turned sour.
The Cavaliers (3-2, 1-1 ACC) hope that if they get a lead this year against Miami, they will hold onto it when Virginia hosts the No. 16 Hurricanes (5-1, 2-0) on Saturday night.
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Virginia seeking more offensive balance vs No. 16 Miami
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia believes is has the players to be very dynamic on offense.
All the Cavaliers need now is to get more players involved and find a better balance.
The three players viewed as Virginia's Big Three — quarterback Bryce Perkins, wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus and running back Jordon Ellis — have all played well at times. It hasn't been enough. Other than wide receiver Hasise Dubois, none of the others players expected to be playmakers have come through.
Explosive Virginia offense sparks win over Ohio, 45-31
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall called the whole situation surrounding Saturday's game against Ohio "weird." Despite the obstacles and weirdness Hurricane Florence created for his team, Mendenhall will gladly take the 45-31 victory.
After all, it isn't normal to travel 545 miles from Charlottesville, Va., to Nashville to play a "home" game. But that was the situation created when it was decided Tuesday afternoon to move the game.
Virginia, Ohio to meet at Vanderbilt Stadium due to storm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It will be a rare home game on the road for Virginia on Saturday.
The Cavaliers (1-1) will face Ohio (1-0) at Vanderbilt Stadium, a venue change arranged early in the week when weather forecasts suggested that Hurricane Florence could make conditions dangerous for players and fans.
Cavaliers hoping tough lessons helps turn tables on Hoosiers
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall sees the growth all over Indiana's football program.
He detects a more defined identity. He senses more confidence, and he can tell there's more continuity on the Hoosiers' offense and defense this season.
Mendenhall doesn't need a game tape to explain what's changed — he knows it's a natural progression in Tom Allen's second full season as coach.
Virginia seeks better start this time against Spiders
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Bronco Mendenhall remembers the day reality set in at Virginia.
Two years ago, the Cavaliers played their first game with Mendenhall against FCS-level Richmond. Virginia didn't just lose the game, but got manhandled, absorbing a 37-20 defeat on the way to winning just two of 12 games.
Mendenhall seeking big step up in third year at Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall hopes this is the season the Cavaliers turn the corner.
Virginia reached a bowl game for the first time since 2011 last season with a 6-6 regular season, but after Joe Reed returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Navy scored 49 unanswered points in a 49-7 Military Bowl loss .
Virginia coach counting on big years from QB, receiver duo
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall knows there is a risk in depending on major contributions from a few players to determine his team's success, especially when an injury could damage the team's psyche.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Carla Williams wasted no time getting to work as Virginia's athletic director.
She wanted a tour of all of the school's athletic facilities, she told her staff on the first day. But first, there was a two-hour meeting with football coach Bronco Mendenhall that made it clear the task ahead was bigger than Williams knew.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall believes in some respects the Cavaliers are back to square one in the rebuilding of their program.
That's largely because they will be breaking in a new transfer quarterback and looking to replace their top middle linebacker and safety, which also means replacing the three captains off last year's 6-7 team.
There is, however, one difference, and it's one Mendenhall labeled "huge."
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Bronco Mendenhall got Virginia’s football team back to bowl eligibility faster than anyone could have predicted. Keeping the Cavaliers there may prove to be an even bigger challenge.
After last season’s surprising jump to six wins and an appearance in the Military Bowl, Mendenhall needs new starters in some key spots, including quarterback, middle linebacker and free safety.
Virginia, Navy compete for winning season in Military Bowl
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Virginia has already accomplished plenty this season, tripling its win total from a year ago and reaching a bowl game for the first time since 2011.
That's not quite enough for second-year coach Bronco Mendenhall, who won't be satisfied unless the Cavaliers defeat Navy on Thursday in the Military Bowl.
"It's one thing to qualify," Mendenhall said. "It's a whole different thing to perform well and win the game."
LIVE: UVA signing day: Success on the field hasn’t translated to recruiting trail
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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Army and Navy meet Saturday in a college football tradition that dates back 118 years. The game’s appeal has more to do with that rich history – and the importance and reverence many sports fans hold for the country’s military – than its football significance.
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall and many of his players said this week they regularly watch the game. Senior wide receiver Andre Levrone, a Maryland native, even attended one of the classic tilts as a child.
Schools, coaches push for adoption of strengthened agent law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Coaches, college athletics officials and several agents are supporting an effort to strengthen laws that regulate sports agent conduct.
Despite Tech loss, UVA’s Year 2 progress under Bronco Mendenhall undeniable
CHARLOTTESVILLE — When Virginia posted five victories early in the football season, senior linebacker Micah Kiser was quick to point out that few if any media members projected the Cavaliers to win near that total in their second year under Bronco Mendenhall.
Fewer still predicted U.Va. would get bowl eligible, snapping a six-year drought.
“We have a come a long way,” senior wide receiver Andre Levrone said. “It’s going to be a lot faster than people think.”
Make it 14: Hokies shut out Cavaliers to win Commonwealth Cup, again
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia Tech’s beat up defense beat on Virginia.
U.Va.’s surprisingly successful season won’t include a win over its rival.
The No. 24 Hokies, as they have most of the year, rode their stifling defense to a 10-0 win over the Cavaliers on Friday night at Scott Stadium, beating their in-state rival for a staggering 14th consecutive time.
Virginia looking to end long skid vs No. 24 Virginia Tech
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia players noticed as the Cavaliers got off to a 5-1 start that the crowd at Scott Stadium continued to remain the same, never reaching 40,000 fans for any of their first six home games.
The makes for a lot of empty seats in a stadium that holds more than 61,000.
Virginia not focusing on streak against No. 24 Virginia Tech
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's seniors have already achieved one first in their careers by qualifying for a bowl game.
They can enhance their postseason resumes on Friday night with another first: becoming the first Cavaliers team in 14 years to beat Virginia Tech.
Not that the Cavaliers (6-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) are hung up on the length of the losing streak.
Coach: Perspective key in looking at Virginia’s rough finish
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall wants his Cavaliers to keep everything they have accomplished in perspective as they face a challenging stretch to end the regular season.
As the Cavaliers prepare to play at Miami, Mendenhall said many of his players are still upset after their performance against Louisville.
Virginia, Florida Atlantic reach bowl eligibility
Virginia is bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 after beating Georgia Tech this weekend.
With the victory, the Cavaliers avoided what would have been a stressful stretch run.
UVA’s Mendenhall has ‘passion’ for defending Georgia Tech’s triple option
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Bronco Mendenhall has no shortage of video – and even old film – to refer to when prepping for an option team like the Georgia Tech squad his Virginia football teams hosts Saturday.
“He loves playing against option football,” U.Va. senior linebacker Micah Kiser said this week. “He’s got an option football vault that goes back to like the 60s. It’s like old, grainy film, like VHS on there. He prides himself on defending the option and he’ll have us ready.”
Bowl dreams: Virginia tries again for elusive sixth ‘W’
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Consecutive lopsided losses caused Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall to do an about face.
Instead of ignoring the elephant in the room — the Cavaliers' need to win at least one more game to be bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 — Mendenhall finally acknowledged the situation hoping to help refocus his teetering team.
Virginia has tough road to reach bowl eligibility
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Home games ahead against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Road trips to Louisville and Miami.
Virginia is coming off not-even-close losses to Boston College and Pittsburgh and, two weeks after there was talk of an ACC Coastal Division championship, the Cavaliers can't help but wonder if a bowl game is still in the cards.
Coach Bronco Mendenhall said Monday he thinks the loss to the Eagles hurt them again on Saturday.
Cavaliers aim for 6th win, bowl eligibility against Pitt
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall saw during a blowout loss to Boston College last week that his team still had some growing up to do.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Bronco Mendenhall walked into the home locker room after his Virginia football team had absorbed a 41-10 thumping at the hands of lightly regarded Boston College and readied himself to deliver the message that would steer the Cavaliers’ course for the upcoming week and possibly the rest of the season.
Coach says Virginia needs to rebound, focus on Pittsburgh
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Linebacker Micah Kiser thought Virginia might have been overconfident, enjoying its success a little too much. Now, he and the Cavaliers need to get back up after getting a dose of reality.
Virginia had its four-game winning streak come to a humbling halt in a 41-10 dismantling by Boston College. Coach Bronco Mendenhall wants to see how his team responds.
Inside Darnell’s Head: Time for a heart-to-heart between Sitake, his staff and his players
Here’s what’s going on inside Darnell’s head as I realize my name was never on a coffee mug, keychain or nameplate in any souvenir store I ever visited. Believe me, I looked.
During ACC Media Days in August, former BYU Coach Bronco Mendenhall said he films the Virginia sideline during games to monitor his players’ and coaches’ reactions to make sure they are authentic, genuine and supportive of what was happening with the team.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Jordan Ellis could see it in the way the North Carolina defenders stood, hands on their hips, between plays. An afternoon of Ellis fearlessly and ferociously plowing his 5-foot-10, 215-pound body into them, play after play, had taken its toll.
“Knowing that they’re tired and they don’t really want to tackle you, it’s definitely a great feeling,” Ellis said after going for a career high 136 yards on 27 carries in the Cavaliers’ 20-14 win.
Midseason report card: Surprising UVA making the grade six games in
CHARLOTTESVILLE – That massive hole Bronco Mendenhall was hired to dig Virginia football out of? The former BYU coach has his fingertips on the edge of the crater and is peeking his head out. The Cavaliers are one of the biggest surprises of the ACC season midway through this year at 5-1 and 2-0 in league play. They’re taking advantage of the easier early portion of their schedule and need just one more win to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011.
Virginia’s trio of captains sparking Cavaliers’ turnaround
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia is a victory from bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011 and receiving votes in the Top 25. It's all very impressive considering the Cavaliers are one year removed from finishing 2- 10.
The Cavaliers' trio of captains are at the center of the turnaround.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Bronco Mendenhall spent the week making sure his Virginia football team knew one potentially scary thing about floundering North Carolina. Despite the record and the statistics, the Tar Heels are “capable.”
It’s been the word of the week.
“They're a capable team,” Mendenhall said. “It's still so early. It's early for rankings. It's early for records. It's early for anything.”
Virginia looks to keep rolling in visit to reeling UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Virginia knows it only takes one week for a season's momentum to completely flip.
North Carolina hopes that exactly what happens.
The Cavaliers look to take another step toward bowl eligibility Saturday when they visit the reeling Tar Heels.
For Virginia (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), the preseason pick to finish last in the Coastal Division, the fourth-year players have been in a similar position before.