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New Mexico Hires Mendenhall

Familiar face to lead program

VIrginia v Brigham Young Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

The University of New Mexico has hired Bronco Mendenhall as their new head football coach and is expected to be introduced in the near future.

Mendenhall was previously the head coach at Virginia, and prior to that BYU. At those two schools he racked up a 135-81 record and went to 14 bowls in his 17 seasons as a head coach.

Mendenhall is a name Lobo fans should be familiar with, having been the defensive coordinator for Rocky Long’s Lobos from 1998 until 2002. Mendenhall and Long developed the 3-3-5 defense that helped produce the “Loboback,” hybrid position of linebacker and safety. Brian Urlacher was one of the initial Lobobacks and developed into a first round pick and had his number 44 jersey retired by UNM.

Mendenhall’s deal with New Mexico is for five years, and will be looking to get New Mexico to its first winning season since 2016.