Every five years when UNLV fires its football coach there is a great whoop-de-doo and la-di-da about football. It usually lasts until the UNLV basketball team plays a quality nonconference opponent. Is there a program out there UNLV ought to be imitating?
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The negatives outweighed the positives on Saturday night, and as the game wore on it was clear that emotion wasn’t going to carry the Rebels to a win over rival UNR.
Bobby Hauck timed the announcement he was resigning as UNLV’s football coach the day before his Rebels played UNR for the Fremont Cannon. But UNR had all the firepower in the second half, sending the Rebels to a 49-20 loss.
Here’s the key part: No one is denying it.
A couple of hours after Bobby Hauck resigned as UNLV football coach on Friday, Gonzaga beat St. John’s in one of those sort-of-attractive early season college basketball matchups on TV.
UNR capitalized on mistakes, scoring 21 points on turnovers and dominating UNLV in the second half. The Wolfpack crushed the Rebels 49-27 in coach Bobby Hauck’s final game at UNLV, and captured the Fremont Cannon.
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.
UNLV captured the Fremont Cannon in Reno last season, ending eight years of misery. Not UNR wants it back, but the Rebels are in no hurry to relinquish the trophy.
Bobby Hauck will resign Monday as the Rebels’ football coach after five seasons, and he said in a text message that timing the announcement for late afternoon Friday was a way to further fire up his team for today’s game at Sam Boyd Stadium, where UNLV will attempt to keep the Fremont Cannon.
Five things to look for when UNLV’s football team plays UNR at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Taylor Barnhill is one of 25 seniors preparing for his final UNLV football game. He has moved around the lineup without complaint, and this season he has been valuable at H-back.
UNR quarterback Cody Fajardo is exactly the type of quarterback the Rebels don’t want to see. They will try to keep him from making big plays on the ground and in the air when the teams meet Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Five players to watch when UNLV’s football team plays UNR at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.
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.
This week, of course, is the big one against Reno, and it’s going to be a great day.
The Las Vegas Bowl likely will get Boise State or Colorado State out of the Mountain West, a team that should be ranked at the time of the Dec. 20 kickoff. The field is wide open in the Pac-12 Conference.
Five key questions as UNLV’s football team prepares for Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game against UNR at Sam Boyd Stadium.
UNLV’s football team is putting Saturday’s 37-35 loss at Hawaii in the past. The Rebels have enough to think about with UNR coming to town this weekend.
The clock didn’t work in UNLV’s favor on Saturday at Hawaii. Now time is about to run out on the Rebels’ season, and they have to quickly bounce back from the tough loss with UNR coming to town.
A furious rally by quarterback Blake Decker couldn’t survive the magic of a touchdown pass with no time on the clock, and Hawaii defeated UNLV, 37-35, on Saturday night in Honolulu.
The football season became a lost cause weeks ago, the coach’s job is anything but secure, and the stability of the program is again in question. So if UNLV’s players were going to check out on what little remains of the season, it wouldn’t be a big surprise. Except the Rebels finish against opponents that should get their full attention.
Winds of change could be gusting in Honolulu on Saturday night, when Bobby Hauck, a beleaguered football coach on the hot seat, guides UNLV into one of his biggest games of the season.
Hawaii’s football program is losing money again, but the athletic department can’t afford to cut the program. The situation leaves athletic director Ben Jay with no easy answers.