However culture will ultimately be defined under the second-year head coach Marcus Arroyo, fixing a major apathy problem among UNLV football fans is paramount.
Coaches have been free to leave for another job without penalty forever. Now players have the same right. So coaches need to quit complaining and embrace the new reality.
UNLV kicker Nick Garritano still marvels 30 years later at Jason Hanson’s 62-yard field goal for Washington State in its 41-13 win over UNLV at Sam Boyd Stadium in 1991.
That UNLV team was ranked No. 1 all season and had just one game decided by fewer than 10 points. Three of the NBA’s top 12 draft picks that year played for Jerry Tarkanian.
Derek Ng adds his name to Gordie Lockbaum’s in the Holy Cross record book by kicking a 51-yard field goal against Lehigh.
The former UNLV basketball coach is retiring to Las Vegas, where he will watch son Kevin take over the Rebels program while trying to inspire a fan base.
Wayne Nunnely, who died February 16, recalled as “good guy, optimist, straight shooter, hard worker” by ex-players, assistants.
Kevin Kruger was among the first to enter the transfer portal when he transferred from Arizona State to UNLV in 2006, so he’s familiar with what has become a major pipeline for talent.
The hire by UNLV’s Desiree Reed-Francois is a gamble. When you hand the keys of a program to a coach who has never sat in the lead chair, unknowns outweigh certainties.
Kevin Kruger, who led the Rebels to an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 while playing for his father, was named the program’s new head coach on Sunday.