Bronco Mendenhall is entering Year 3 of his tenure as Virginia's head football coach. The former BYU coach still doesn't appear to be satisfied with his roster makeup.
The 52-year-old head coach made an unscheduled UVa Board of Visitors speech on Friday morning, during which he was highly critical of the players on his roster, saying only about 33 percent of his players are Power 5 conference caliber.
“I believe we have 27 ACC-caliber football players on our roster today,” Mendenhall said.
Virginia currently has 81 players on its roster. Having only 27 of those players be "ACC-caliber" doesn't seem like the best thing.
Mendenhall reportedly spoke for nearly 30 minutes, saying that he hopes to have 85 "ACC-caliber" players on the roster in a couple of years.
“We have 85 scholarships to give,” Mendenhall said. “That means that with our [recruiting class of 2018] arriving, that we think that number [of ACC-caliber players] will jump to the mid-40s this year.”
Mendenhall said by the time the 2019 recruiting class arrives, he’ll have “65-ish” ACC-caliber players.
“By the time [the Class of 2020] comes, we will have 85 ACC-caliber players,” Mendenhall said. “In the meantime, my job is that I relish and I’m lucky to have to show a trend upward through success and winning with the existing resources we have — through motivation, culture and innovation.”
Mendenhall is 8-17 through two seasons as Virginia's head coach. The Cavaliers open the season on Sept. 1 against Richmond.