Bronco Mendenhall: Cavaliers ‘gaining momentum’ after 0-3 start

Bronco Mendenhall left BYU after 11 seasons to become the new head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers. They haven’t gotten off to a great start, but that doesn’t seem to be discouraging the veteran head coach.

Mendenhall held his weekly teleconference on Wednesday and talked about the slow start his team has gotten off to. Despite losing to an FCS team to open the season and being one of the worse statistical teams in the country, he seems ready to take the Cavaliers to new heights.

“There’s probably more optimism now than there was in the offseason that this program and this team is capable,” Mendenhall said. “We’re gaining momentum rather than losing momentum.”

The Cavaliers have gotten off to a slow start with a season-opening loss to Richmond followed by losses to Oregon and Connecticut last week. They are also ranked No. 79 in total defense and No. 75 in total offense.

This certainly doesn’t seem like a recipe for “gaining momentum” for Mendenhall, who went 99-43 in 11 years with the Cougars. The Cavaliers are looking to get their first win of the season when they host the undefeated Central Michigan Chippewas, who own a controversial win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys this year, on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EST on ESPN3.

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