Now it's not about new uniforms or the changes to Sam Boyd Stadium or how many national media outlets have interviewed UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez.
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When he coached wide receivers at Houston last season, Jamie Christian didn't realize he soon would be working for the football team on the other side of the field when UNLV visited that September.
The last time UNLV's football team received as much offseason coverage as it has since December was, well, never. The Rebels were splashed across the pages of newspapers and magazines that in recent years hadn't offered the slightest glance towards the program. All of it was terrific for the brand. And, as of Friday morning, none of it meant a thing.
The easy story is the one that says family was the reason Jay'Onn Myles chose UNLV over Baylor. But it wouldn't be correct. Myles saw an even deeper reason to go with the Rebels, a can't-miss determination from first-year coach Tony Sanchez and his staff to change a battered and beleaguered football program.
At this point last year, running back Altee Tenpenny was preparing to help Alabama try to win a national championship.
Being bad and boring is an unenviable combination for any team, the same way that being dumb, drunk and broke is no way to go through life. The UNLV football team is almost always terrible and rarely entertaining, so that's why Tony Sanchez was the right hire.
UNLV football fans are constantly reminded these are different times under first-year coach Tony Sanchez, from his aggressive approach to recruiting to his willingness to promote the program at every opportunity. And now one more thing.
Former Canyon Springs High School defensive lineman Melvin Johnson was UNLV first-year coach Tony's Sanchez's first commitment. But Johnson failed to qualify academically, and he said Wednesday he will attend Victor Valley College in Victorville, Calif.
When you've been down for as long as UNLV has in football, you're going to have to take an occasional risk on the recruiting trail — you might have to accept an Alabama reject or two, or maybe go for a quick fix via the junior colleges. Longtime observers of the local football scene are aware of this.
Dark clouds hung over many previous Mountain West football media days, but the mood is quite different this week.
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.