"The way it works is, I work with Bronco and Bronco takes what he feels is right to the university,” VanWoerkom said about the contract situation. “Then they'll do their homework and they'll get back to us at some point. We'll see where it goes."
VanWoerkom said he enjoys his relationship with Mendenhall: "I love working with Bronco. You don't have to wonder where you stand with him.”
"He's a dear friend of mine," Mendenhall said of VanWoerkom. "He's a friend from our neighborhood. We got to know him and we trust him.”
Since spring practices concluded in April, Mendenhall has been busy. He's doing more to connect with BYU's fan base.
In addition to taking care of his duties with the American Football Coaches Association (he was elected to the board of trustees of that organization last January), Mendenhall has signed up for a Twitter account, and has participated in BYU-sponsored “fan fests” across the state. He has greeted fans, posed for photos and signed autographs.
In April, he and Holly took a vacation to Costa Rica with supporters of the Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation.
"Holly and I were approached by some people about a year ago,” Mendenhall said. “They knew of my love for the ocean. The thought was for the opportunity for couples to join us, spend some time surfing and being at the beach. We took the boys (sons Cutter, Breaker and Raeder). The proceeds went to our foundation. It was a weeklong trip. It was a nice location with fantastic beaches. It was a really nice time. I really enjoyed it.”
Mendenhall cut that trip a little short to be in New York City with Ansah for the NFL draft.
There’s a chance the Cougars could have another first-rounder next year — senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
So, how much longer will Mendenhall remain at the helm?
“The next (contract), if we choose to stay at that point, will be probably three (years)," Mendenhall said in January, 2012. "I think it’s better for everyone.”
After his team posted a lackluster 8-5 record last season, Mendenhall overhauled the entire offensive coaching staff, which included re-hiring Robert Anae as offensive coordinator.
It’s part of what Mendenhall called a “renewal” of the program and “the next era of BYU football.”
“I’m excited and optimistic about the growth of the program,” Mendenhall said last March. “I didn’t make any of these changes for a short-term basis. There’s more to do, and I think I’m supposed to do it. I made these changes in relation to that, with really no regard to my contract.”
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