There was a time when Kalani Sitake let guilt, shame and embarrassment get the best of him.
The former BYU player and current head coach made a conscious decision a few years back to be more positive, embrace the good things in life, turn adversity into an opportunity for growth.
Richmond (0-0) at Virginia (0-0), Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Line: No line, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tony Elliott’s first victory as Virginia’s new football coach came not long after he was hired: he got quarterback Brennan Armstrong to commit to returning for his senior year.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers has added a pair of former Virginia coaches to his staff, hiring Robert Anae as offensive coordinator and Jason Beck as quarterbacks coach.
Both served in those positions for the Cavaliers for six years under coach Bronco Mendenhall, who suddenly resigned four weeks ago.
Virginia didn't have to extend its search for a new football coach beyond the Atlantic Coast Conference as the Cavaliers announced Friday they had tabbed longtime Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott to fill their vacancy.
SMU (8-4, American Athletic Conference) vs. Virginia (6-6 ACC), Dec. 29, 11:00 a.m. ET
Bronco Mendenhall said the thought that it was time to do something else first came to him the day after his team's dispiriting loss to Virginia Tech.
In the ensuing days, Virginia's coach considered other solutions, but as the week progressed he felt more clarity.
No. 13 BYU (9-2, No. 13 CFP) at USC (4-6), Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: BYU by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 7 Notre Dame (8-1, No. 9 CFP) at Virginia (6-3), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC).
Line: Notre Dame by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Virginia (6-2) at No. 25 BYU (6-2), Saturday at 10:15 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).
Line: BYU by 2½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
For the longest time, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall wanted no part of a game with BYU. Too many ties. Too many memories. Too many emotions.
But it was always looming on the schedule after he was hired at Virginia (6-2) six years ago.
BOSTON (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference teams are lighting up scoreboards lately, and Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall isn’t exactly loving it.
The son of a defensive end who played safety in college and worked as a defensive coordinator before taking over the Cavaliers, Mendenhall said he would prefer a 13-6 victory to the 48-40 shootout his team won last weekend against Georgia Tech.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brennan Armstrong threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores and Virginia rallied from a slow start and beat Georgia Tech 48-40 on Saturday night, the Cavaliers' fourth straight victory.
The road has been good to Virginia with victories at Miami and Louisville following blowout losses against North Carolina and No. 16 Wake Forest.
The Cavaliers hope a return to their home stadium will keep their momentum alive.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Virginia caught a break. Miami didn't.
And in the end, the Cavaliers needed every second to escape with a win.
Dontayvion Wicks had a circus catch for a touchdown, Brennan Armstrong passed for 268 yards and Virginia added to Miami’s struggles by beating the Hurricanes 30-28 on Thursday night.
Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 3:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Virginia visits No. 21 North Carolina on Saturday night in a critical matchup for the Coastal Division race.
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall hopes that his team's practices early in the morning will help on Saturday when it faces Illinois with a rare 11 a.m. start to the game.
“We’re an early morning practice team, and so really this fits our normal routine in terms of when we practice,” Mendenhall said.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Perhaps the first sign that Virginia's players were disappointed with how last season went came quickly after it ended in a 33-15 loss to Virginia Tech.
The following day, coach Bronco Mendenhall announced that the team, bowl eligible in the strangest of seasons at 5-5, had voted not to participate in the postseason.
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VIRGINIA’S KEYS TO VICTORY
1 Start fast: Boise State has the ability — and the desire — to jump to early leads. “Shock and awe” is how U.Va. coach Bronco Mendenhall described it. The Cavaliers’ defense hasn’t allowed a first-quarter point yet this season.