Signee Karson Gay Reflects On Virginia Football Coaching Change

The final week in November, Karson Gay and his family hosted Virginia football head coach Bronco Mendenhall and offensive coordinator Robert Anae on an in-home visit. The Boyd-Buchanan (Chattanooga, TN) senior, a consensus 3-star tight end prospect and Virginia commitment, would be one of the few prospects Mendenhall would meet with in person before resigning as Cavaliers head coach later that week.

From Gay to UVA Director of Athletics Carla Williams, Mendenhall’s decision came as a shock to many.

“He was at my house on Monday and the news came out on Thursday,” recalled Gay, who verbally committed to UVA on February 20 of this year and was less than two weeks away from signing an official letter of intent. “I was like, what in the world. My future plans were set, and now there is nothing. It definitely was surprising.”