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PROVO, Utah (August 1, 2007) - BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe today announced head football coach Bronco Mendenhall has agreed to terms that will extend his renegotiated contract through the 2011 season.
"Bronco has done a tremendous job of re-establishing BYU's tradition of football excellence, and leading the program back to national prominence," Holmoe said.
"The BYU football program is heading in the right direction and I credit Bronco's leadership qualities for the success we've enjoyed in his first two seasons. He, his staff and his players have helped create a solid foundation for long-term success. His commitment to doing things the right way, both on and off the field, has brought back a great deal of excitement and hope for the future of BYU football."
Entering his third season as the head football coach at BYU, Mendenhall has guided the Cougars to a 17-8 record. In his first season, he took a program that had not enjoyed a winning season since 2001 and compiled a 6-5 regular-season record, a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference standings and earned a trip to a bowl game for the first time in three seasons. Building on the success of his first-ever season as a head coach, Mendenhall and the Cougars posted an 11-2 record in 2006, winning the outright MWC Championship with a perfect 8-0 record. BYU returned to the Las Vegas Bowl to represent the MWC and dominated Oregon, 38-8 to claim its first bowl victory since 1996.
Along the way, BYU climbed the national polls by winning 10 straight games. As a result, the Cougars finished the season ranked 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 16th in the Associated Press poll. At the conclusion of the regular-season, BYU was ranked 19th in the Harris Interactive Poll and 20th in the BCS rankings. The Cougars' current 10-game win streak is the second longest active win streak in the country.
Following his second season as a head coach, Mendenhall was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year and was selected as the American Football Coaches Association Region IV Coach of the Year. In addition, he was named by the Football Writers Association of America one of nine finalists for the prestigious Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award