An astounding six of the Mountain West’s 12 football-playing schools are under new leadership at a time of tremendous challenge for the flagship football league among the so-called Group of Five. UNLV’s Tina Kunzer-Murphy, at the helm since July 2013, is one of the senior ADs in the conference.
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Things aren’t expected to go well for new UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez when he leads the Rebels out on the field at Sam Boyd Stadium for the first time, at least according to the bookmakers.
Chris Wood, a former UNLV star who was bypassed Thursday in the two-round NBA Draft, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Rockets, according to multiple sources. The Rockets will participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July.
Former UNLV star guard Rashad Vaughn was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 17th pick of the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft. Vaughn’s teammate at UNLV, forward Chris Wood, was not drafted after being considered a late first-round pick a month ago.
The level of disappointment for former UNLV star Chris Wood had to have reached epic levels, and yet this is the risk one takes when deciding to forfeit remaining college eligibility and chase a professional dream.
UNLV freshman John Oda was named honorable mention All-America by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Thursday.
Las Vegas Review-Journal basketball writer Matt Youmans predicts the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He thinks former UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn will go to the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th pick.
Speculation is that former UNLV forward Chris Wood, once a first-round fixture in NBA mock drafts in the media, has fallen into the second round, while his former teammate, guard Rashad Vaughn, appears to be rising into the first round. Both will find out Thursday.
UNLV will host Fresno State on Dec. 30 to kick off its 2015-16 Mountain West men’s basketball conference schedule, which was released Wednesday.
Amid new concerns over symbols of the Confederacy, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday said Nevada should reconsider the “Rebels” nickname for UNLV, a carryover from the days the school more closely identified itself with the South.
Four former UNLV baseball players signed contracts, including two who went undrafted.
Coronado High School offensive lineman Donovan Outlaw committed to play football at UNLV. He will be a member of the Rebels’ 2016 recruiting class.
UNLV offensive lineman Ron Scoggins was a potential academic casualty in his freshman year and was forced to sit out practices as his grades slipped. But when his former Bishop Gorman coach, Tony Sanchez, was hired to lead the Rebels, Scoggins found the spark he needed to earn his way onto the dean’s list.
Matt Brayton, a senior offensive lineman at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., committed to UNLV. He also had scholarship offers from New Mexico and Montana State.
Glenn Carano, 59, will be inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame on Friday at Orleans Arena. Carano, the father of former MMA star Gina Carano, is being inducted alongside boxer Mike Tyson, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, golf pro Joe Kelly and rodeo coach Ric Griffith.
Former UNLV defensive back Sidney Hodge, a Palo Verde High School graduate, is following his wife, Natiyah, who comes from a military family, into the service. He is finishing Army military intelligence classes and will graduate July 10 before heading to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
Eli Carter, a graduate transfer from Florida who plays both guard positions, is making an official visit to UNLV this weekend. He and Justin Jackson, a forward from Findlay Prep, are in the running for the Rebels’ last remaining scholarship.
Former UNLV pitcher Joey Lauria decided not to sign with his hometown Philadelphia Phillies after being drafted in the 25th round and offered a signing bonus of only $1,000. He instead will be a graduate assistant under coach Tim Chambers at UNLV.
UNLV’s football game at Michigan on Sept. 19 will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The game will be at 9 a.m. PDT.
The new UNLV head coach is holding a series of camps beginning Thursday.
UNLV’s season opener at Northern Illinois on Sept. 5 will be televised by CBS Sports Network, and will be at 4:30 p.m. PDT. It is the first game in the coach Tony Sanchez era.
UNLV junior center fielder Joey Armstrong was selected Tuesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first pick in the 10th round of the major league draft. He was the 286th overall pick and the first Rebel taken.
Former UNLV star pitcher Erick Fedde, the Washington Nationals’ first-round draft pick last year, is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He said he is on schedule to retake the mound this summer.
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