Penn State defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter linked to Virginia job
Bronco Mendenhall shocked all of college football earlier this week when he announced he was stepping down from the head coaching job at Virginia.
Mendenhall did good work with the Cavaliers, making it to four bowl games in six seasons. However, now Virginia will be tasked with finding his replacement.
It didn’t take long for several media members to link Penn State co-defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter to the job. Poindexter was an assistant at Virginia in various roles from 2003-13. He coached offensive, defense and special teams over the course of that decade with the Cavaliers.
Pointdexter also played at Virginia and was a consensus All-American in 1998. He was also named ACC Defensive Player of the Year for that season and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens.
Early name to watch for #Virginia is #PennState co-defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter, a former All-America safety and ACC defensive player of the year at Virginia. Would be wild if both PSU defensive coordinators ended up coaching teams in the Commonwealth Cup.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 2, 2021
Who needs a search firm? #UVA can hire Anthony Poindexter to be its head coach. He'll hire a defensive staff and the 'Hoos can retain this offensive staff, but promote Marques Hagans to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
Look at all that money I just saved them.
— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) December 3, 2021
Ironically, Virginia Tech already hired Penn State’s other co-defensive coordinator this cycle in Brent Pry. The Hokies and Cavaliers also made coaching changes six seasons ago when they hired Justin Fuente and Mendenhall, respectively.
Virginia will likely want to make a decision soon as the Early Signing Period (Dec. 15) is approaching. The Cavaliers will learn their bowl opponent this weekend.