BYU inks Bronco Mendenhall, USC and Poinsettia Bowl
The BYU Cougars have signed three deals this afternoon in an agreement with the Poinsettia Bowl for the 2015 season, a contract extension for head coach Bronco Mendenhall and a renewal of the BYU – USC rivalry in 2019.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Mendenhall has decided to extend his contract and remain with the Cougars after considering other jobs and opportunities elsewhere. “We looked at the decision in every possible way, but ultimately, I have come to the realization that I like it here,” Mendenhall said. “And that was a big breakthrough.”
This wasn’t the only big news as the Cougars soon after announced a deal that would place them in the 2015 Poinsettia Bowl. In a statement posted on the BYU athletic website athletic director Tom Holmoe said, “San Diego has hosted some of the great football moments in our programs history, and I’m excited for our large fan base in Southern California to have other opportunities to see us play in person.” This move could prove to be crucial for the Cougars if they decide to remain independent in the future playoff system.
With all of the news the best was yet to come for the Cougars who also announced the team would match-up with the USC Trojans in a three game series starting in 2019. According to the Associated Press, the Cougars will visit Southern California on Thanksgiving weekends in 2012 and 2023.
These recent moves make the future in Provo Utah look very bright and should provide the Cougars some solid ground to stand on when the playoff system is rolled out in 2014. Although many expect BYU to become conference affiliated again these recent deals could be signs that the Cougars will remain in the independent category.