On Tuesday, the University of Virginia released the details of head football coach Bronco Mendenhall’s contract extension, which will keep him in Charlottesville through the 2024 season.
There’s no change to Mendenhall’s base salary of $500,000, but his supplemental compensation will continue to increase annually. In consideration of helping secure equipment contracts, speaking engagements and fulfilling all duties in his contract, Mendenhall’s original deal — signed in 2015 — included supplemental compensation of $2,750,000.
In year five of his contract, which officially begins in December, Mendenhall’s supplemental compensation will increase to $3,350,000. Next year, it goes to $3,500,000 and $3,650,000 the following year.
Under the terms of his original contract, Mendenhall will receive a $50,000 bonus for an appearance in the ACC championship game and $100,000 for winning a conference title. He gets $500,000 for a College Football Playoff appearance and $1,000,000 for a national championship.
Mendenhall’s bonuses also grow depending on where the Cavaliers end the season ranked in the AP Top 25 poll. If Virginia is ranked between No. 16 and 20, he gets $75,000. If UVa finishes between No. 11 and 15, Mendenhall gets $100,000. If the team finishes between No. 6 and 10, his bonus grows to $125,000 and if the team finishes in the top five, he gets $150,000.
After managing just two wins in his first season in 2016, Mendenhall led the Cavaliers to an appearance in the Military Bowl in 2017. Last season, he guided the Cavaliers to an 8-5 record and a win over South Carolina in the Belk Bowl.
The 2019 season begins Aug. 31 at Pittsburgh.