Virginia’s capital campaign is getting a head start thanks to the Mendenhall family.
The Virginia coach and his wife have pledged $500,000 towards the construction of a new football facility for the school. The plans for the facility are part of a $180 million campaign the school is launching that will include facility renovations for other sports as well.
“Holly and I are excited to be a part of the process that transforms Virginia football,” Mendenhall said in a statement. “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.”
Virginia said it was the largest gift it had ever received from one of the school’s head coaches.
The $500,000 the Mendenhalls are pledging is likely a ridiculous sum of money for everyone reading this article. And it’s a lot! But when you’re a millionaire college football coach, it’s not that much. Relatively speaking. Mendenhall is making just over $3.5 million this season according to USA Today’s coaching salary database. The donation is approximately a seventh of his salary.
It’s good to be a Power Five football coach.
Mendenhall is in his third season at Virginia after spending 11 seasons as BYU’s head coach. The Cavaliers are 4-2 through the first half of the season and face Duke on Saturday.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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