Like the lunatic fan everyone despises but tolerates because the home team wins when he attends the party or the nutcase who retires to his basement to create more good luck for his favorite side, UNLV should immediately enroll in a local hotel’s rewards program.
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Stew Morrill is a coach known by few outside his profession’s fraternity and yet respected as much as anyone within it.
The trip from hell — at least by Mountain West basketball standards this season — taught UNLV some valuable lessons this past week. Most of them good.
The saying goes that there is always a well-known solution to every problem — neat, plausible and wrong. UNLV’s basketball team needs to discover a fourth today: discipline.
Deville Smith took full advantage of just his fourth start on Wednesday. He will get a fifth at first-place San Diego State on Saturday. He is sure to remain in the lineup for the foreseeable future.
How teams react on the road each season often differs more than a teenager’s mood. It’s easier to win away from home in the NHL, NFL, Major League Baseball and even some sketchy Argentine soccer leagues than it is college basketball.
I always thought of Keith Kizer as John Wayne playing Genghis Khan or George Clooney as Batman.
When at a crossroads of uncertainty, a commanding figure can help point others in the best direction to discover success. Roscoe Smith can play that sort of role for UNLV’s basketball team.
The Rebels today are a team stranded at sea with a giant hole in the raft, not enough life jackets and a radio transmitter engulfed in water. They are as disjointed off the court as they are on it, helplessly searching for reasons why they can’t beat average teams at home.
The BCS saved its best for last in Florida State needing all sorts of dramatics to overcome Auburn 34-31. It was a marvelous ending to a blemished way of determining who really is best at season’s end. New will be improved. Or so we hope.
The first tear slid slowly down his right cheek, unhurried in its progress as if every speck of skin should absorb its purpose. The connection between losing and UNLV football was accepted for so long, unfeigned emotion following a defeat had over time become indiscernible.
North Texas head coach Dan McCarney is 60, and in a 14-month span in 2012 and 2013, he suffered a major stroke and underwent quadruple bypass surgery but returned to work five days after the latter procedure. That’s him. Tough as nails and a little wacko.
Three hours, 37 minutes. That’s how far it is from the Cotton Bowl to North Shore High in Houston, from where some key UNLV football players will compete in the program’s first bowl game since 2000 on Wednesday to where they played for a prep program led by one of the winningest coaches in Texas history.
In the depths of failure, Jim Livengood still believed.
When Kevin Olekaibe looks at his mother, the lessons of his favorite book — “To Kill a Mockingbird” — must be plain as day. When he watches her comb his father’s hair, brush his teeth, feed him, cleanse him, talk to him, read to him.
It was, more than anything, a defense of folly.
The fifth straight win was as impressive as the previous four, which is to say UNLV’s basketball team has found a consistent rhythm in beating opponents it should. Teams that just aren’t very good.
He said it often the first month of this basketball season, said it after the 21-point home loss to UC Santa Barbara, after the close win against Nebraska-Omaha, after not getting it done against visiting Arizona State and Illinois, after playing tough but falling at Arizona.
If this is how its conference champion looks, the Mountain West isn’t close to average on a national scale. Fresno State was never in its 45-20 loss to Southern California in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, never competitive at Sam Boyd Stadium against a No. 5 selection out of the Pac-12, never close to being on an even level of size, speed, strength, skill and execution.
The NFL agent was talking about the inevitability of comparison between draft choices past and present, about how scouts and general managers might look down on a wide receiver from one school because others from it had failed, about how they might downgrade a linebacker because his was a college system that doesn’t always transfer successfully to the pros.
The Tarkanian Classic welcomed a few of the nation’s best prep teams Wednesday night: Bishop Gorman, Mater Dei (Calif.) and Findlay Prep. All own better RPIs than the Rebels today.
Look at a map of the United States. On it, you will find few places Michael Gaughan hasn’t visited to witness a rodeo. The man knows more about small towns than Rand McNally.
You don’t accept a postseason game in 2013 to make money. You don’t agree to play North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1 with the idea your athletic department’s bottom line is going to realize a sudden influx of cash.
Tyler Pearson is Mississippi born and raised but a fan of Alabama football, which is understandable given the Crimson Tide have owned their series against the Rebels like Nick Saban does all hearts in Tuscaloosa.
How to define a great day for UNLV football: That some 13 years after the school qualified for its last postseason game, the Rebels on Sunday accepted an invitation to play North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day.