Dark clouds hung over many previous Mountain West football media days, but the mood is quite different this week.
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For most of an hour, the crowd of reporters — some sitting, some standing — was in double digits as UNLV coach Tony Sanchez went through his first Mountain West media days. And he relished every moment.
The field at Sam Boyd Stadium always felt claustrophobic, the seats so close to ground level that it looked like the fans were in sideline meetings with the players.
For many years and under many coaches, the UNLV football calendar has been split into three distinct parts — the season itself, spring football and the two months of the recruiting period leading up to signing day.
UNLV's football games at Colorado State and Wyoming will be televised on Root Sports network.
Wide receiver C.J. Harris of East Valley High School in Redlands, Calif., committed to UNLV, choosing the Rebels over UNR. He is the fifth commitment for the 2015 recruiting class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former UNLV quarterback and punter Randall Cunningham is again on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
It’s a new era for UNLV football. And they’re letting everyone know with the video below.
UNLV’s football program posted a four-year Academic Progress Rate average of 937. The minimum to be eligible for postseason play is 930. All 17 UNLV sports achieved above the four-year required APR.
The grade-point average of UNLV’s football team rose from a 2.35 in the fall semester to a 2.7 for the term that recently ended, coach Tony Sanchez said. He also said 11 players made the Dean’s List.
As the Rebels’ point man for recruiting, Jimmy Morimoto has earned the trust and respect of Mike Sanford, Bobby Hauck and now Tony Sanchez. He’s organized, thorough, knowledgeable and committed, seeing the long hours the job demands as an opportunity to do what he loves.
Arkansas State has asked UNLV to move its 2017 football game at Sam Boyd Stadium back two years. The Rebels are considering the request.
Defensive lineman Nick Dehdashtian, who committed to UNR in 2013, plans to walk on at UNLV for this upcoming season. He is at Midwestern Preparatory Academy in Orland Park, Ill.
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