At the same time, Mendenhall doesn't believe Hall should receive any more punishment than he already has for his outburst, during which he expressed "hate" for the University of Utah and called the school and its fan base "classless."
Asked Monday about Hall's comments, which prompted a public reprimand from the Mountain West Conference last week, Mendenhall said, "I can't say (Hall's comments) surprised me because I know how hard the entire year was for Max. Not only the events of last year's game, but then really the comments and things that happened the entire year until then. Unfortunately, Max didn't use great judgment and expressed those sentiments and thoughts in front of a public format. That in and of itself was discouraging and disappointing. However, he's grown from it. I'm positive that he has."
The coach said Hall should not be suspended because of his comments.
"Not only do I not think he needs a suspension, I think he's learned and grown and probably become someone better than he currently was by going through this experience," Mendenhall said. "Unfortunately, it was very painful and will be for quite some time. But that was plenty of punishment from my perspective."