Mendenhall finds resetting career, rebuilding Virginia ‘invigorating’


Highlights

Oregon dismisses receiver after DUI charge.

Nebraska loses cornerback to knee surgery.

Bronco Mendenhall surprised many when he left BYU after 11 seasons to take over a Virginia program with 15 wins in four seasons.

But to listen to Mendenhall at the ACC media days, he was ready for a rebuild after what he described as “an intentional choice.”

Virginia went 2-10 in Mendenhall’s first season, with one ACC win. By comparison, Mendenhall never won fewer than six games and had five seasons with at least 10 wins at BYU.

Still, Mendenhall said Friday that it was “gratifying, invigorating, challenging all at the same time.”

The coach said that it was what he was ready for at this stage of his career and that he’s “getting exactly what I wanted and what I chose.”

Ducks dismiss receiver

Oregon receiver Darren Carrington has been dismissed from the team nearly two weeks after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

“I have visited with Darren Carrington and informed him that he is no longer a member of our program,” coach Willie Taggart said in a statement Friday. “We will always consider Darren a Duck and support him in any way we can. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Eugene, Ore., police say Carrington, 22, of San Diego was arrested after hitting a pole at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3:15 a.m. July 1. In addition to DUI, Carrington was cited for careless driving and making an improper turn.

Last season as a junior, Carrington had 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns. He had 112 career receptions for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Cornhusker has surgery

Nebraska cornerback Chris Jones will miss at least half of the season after having knee surgery.

Coach Mike Riley said Saturday that Jones had surgery to repair his left meniscus. Recovery normally takes four to six months.

As a junior last season, The 6-foot, 195-pounder had three interceptions and 10 pass breakups. He also was recognized with honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

5 things that need to happen for TCU to win Big 12 in 2018
5 things that need to happen for TCU to win Big 12 in 2018

TCU football came achingly short of capturing its second-ever Big 12 title last season. The Horned Frogs, after a 10-2 regular season, were dealt a 41-17 loss at the hands of Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas. The Horned Frogs are set to have a different look in 2018, having lost a large class of seniors after...
Micah Parsons’ learning experience continues as Penn State tries to get him up to speed
Micah Parsons’ learning experience continues as Penn State tries to get him up to speed

Micah Parsons should be getting ready for prom, but instead Penn State’s freshman linebacker made his Beaver Stadium debut last Saturday. There were and will continue to be growing pains along the way as is the case with all freshmen, but given Penn State’s needs at linebacker Parsons enrolled in January and continues...
Iowa football: 5 offensive questions still in need of answers
Iowa football: 5 offensive questions still in need of answers

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Whenever Iowa”s offense battles its defense in an offseason scrimmage, the defense nearly always wins. Many times it’s a result of the Hawkeyes’ defensive prowess or the offense’s inability to get into rhythm. I’ve seen springs where Iowa’s offense can’t gain a rushing yard...
SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic reveals 2018 dark horse team
SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic reveals 2018 dark horse team

Expectations are always high at Texas A&M, but with the Jimbo Fisher hire, they have reached epic proportions. A&M dug into its vast bank account this offseason to bring in Fisher to turn the Aggies from also-rans to contenders. While many think that could take some time, SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic is expecting big things...
LSU recruiting notes from trail: John Ehret
LSU recruiting notes from trail: John Ehret

The spring evaluation period is in full swing, meaning SEC Country LSU is hitting the road. Expect daily updates from across Louisiana as we detail the latest on the Tiger’ top prospects in the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes. MARRERO, La. — John Ehret High School is loaded with prospects in the 2019 class, which is also...
More Stories