Prediction: If there isn’t a fundamental change in assistance and vision, if facilities and salaries aren’t upgraded and academic support strengthened, you’re going to read this exact same column five years from now, minus a few name changes.
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I would think fairness should matter to all athletic conferences across the country when it comes to membership and ensuring everyone within the framework has an equal opportunity at success. In this sense, the Mountain West and its TV contract for football has failed miserably for many schools, particularly UNLV.
That loud sound you heard around 4:05 p.m. Tuesday from Huntington, W.Va., was a shriek of joy from Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick. That loud sound you heard at 4:05:01 was Hamrick hitting the floor.
UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck spoke this week about the letter of the law, which means obeying the literal interpretation of a rule.
There are different kinds of wins in sports. Ones when you outplay an opponent. Ones when you don’t and still succeed. Ones when you make your owns breaks. Ones when the other guys break down. UNLV’s basketball team had another kind Saturday. “This was a character win,” Rebels coach Dave Rice said.
Is there such a thing as a season-defining moment for a college basketball team in just its fourth game? For UNLV, it will find out Saturday.
History is pretty clear on this: You can’t begin listing the greatest Final Four games and not mention many — Magic vs. Larry in 1979, Texas Western and its all-black starting five vs. Kentucky in 1966, Jim Valvano looking for someone to hug in 1983, Villanova slaying Georgetown in 1985 — before reaching games between UNLV and Duke in 1990 and 1991.
It’s a difficult thing, almost impossible at times, to preach freedom as a coach one minute and urge discipline the next.
It took four weeks, but it finally happened. The Southeastern Conference bias struck the College Football Playoff rankings.
UNLV’s basketball team will awake Wednesday, head to the airport and board a flight for New York, where the Rebels will meet Stanford in a Coaches vs. Cancer Classic game Friday night at Barclays Center.
Look at it this way: There won’t be any issues with them botching another arena deal.
It wasn’t perfect. Far from it. But for a team that suited up six players on Friday who hadn’t competed in a regular-season Division I game, UNLV did more good than bad.
There is another slogan. It’s not about running this time.
The grave had been dug and the coffin prepared, but Rich Ryerson held one final hope that might preserve life. There probably wasn’t enough money in the budget for a headstone.
Well, well. It seems as though Jeff Long might be smarter than we thought. He hadn’t come off as the sharpest tool in the first two weeks of the college football playoff committee releasing its rankings, but the committee chairman saved a bit of face Tuesday.
What the Rebels encountered Wednesday — a 100-65 victory against an outfit named Florida National before a heavily inflated announced gathering of 10,253 at the Thomas & Mack Center — was an exhibition is every sense of the word.
Thanks for checking in, Mississippi. The Rebels dropped from being in the College Football Playoff at No. 4 last week to way outside of it at No. 11 with a home loss to Auburn.
Well, if these are the sorts of postrace shenanigans a new NASCAR playoff format might regularly produce … bravo.
Bob Davie gave the Lobos an identity. Which begs a question: Does UNLV have one, and if so, what in the world is it besides losing?
UNLV coach Bobby Hauck had high hopes for this season after winning seven games and going to a bowl last year. But the team’s inconsistent play has spoiled his plans. “Doing things well one play and not the next is maddening for everybody,” he said.
Since falling to the Panthers six years ago, Bishop Gorman is 61-0 against teams from Nevada. The two teams routinely met in the playoffs, but they square off Thursday for the Southwest League title.
If initial rankings released by the 12-member playoff selection committee on Tuesday are any indication of which four teams will be seeded into the playoff, Alabama at No. 6 has only to win out to secure a place among the semifinalists.
Kobe Bryant’s inflated paycheck is part of the problem for the Los Angeles Lakers. But Bryant isn’t the only thing that led to the collapse of the once storied franchise.
Can you imagine the lunacy that might be created in Tuscaloosa should Alabama, which doesn’t deserve a spot in the semifinals today, not be ranked in the top four come Tuesday? Please, God. Let it happen.
Kids are interested in uniforms and depth charts. Parents in academics. Neither really cares that the Rebels are 2-5 this season.