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By RALPH D. RUSSO
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall is stepping down after the Cavaliers play their bowl game, ending his tenure at the school after six seasons.
The surprising announcement came in a news release Thursday and gave no explanation as to why the 55-year-old Mendenhall was leaving the school after a 6-6 regular season. There was no mention of retirement.
In a hastily organized conference call with reporters, Mendenhall said: "I need to step back from college football."
He added: "This is 100 percent my choice."
Mendenhall went 36-38 at Virginia, leading the Cavaliers to five straight bowl appearances and their only Atlantic Coast Conference title game appearance two years ago.
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Updated December 3, 2021