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Midway through his third season as Virginia football coach, Bronco Mendenhall and his wife have pledged $500,000 to a new UVa football operations center.

The center is part of a $180 million master plan to upgrade UVa's athletic facilities. The Mendenhalls' gift is the largest ever pledged by a Cavaliers coach.

Mendenhall is in the third year of a five-year contract that totals $17.75 million of guaranteed compensation, with other incentives available for certain achievements, such as bowl appearances and academic goals that are reached.

"Holly and I are excited to be a part of the process that transforms Virginia football," Mendenhall said in a news release distributed by the school.

"We love developing young people through football and the new football operations center will provide our young men a home where they can develop into exceptional football players, students and leaders."

In addition to the operations center, the master plan includes an Olympic sports center and grass practice fields.

"I am very thankful that Bronco and Holly have further demonstrated their commitment to the University of Virginia with this gift," Virginia athletic director Carla Williams said in the school's release.

"Bronco's vision for the impact this facility will have on the football program is inspiring and I hope his and Holly's gift will motivate others to invest in the future of Virginia student-athletes."

The master plan is currently in the design phase.

 

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