Erick Harper is the UNLV athletic director who must identify the right coach to win in an ever-changing college football landscape that now favors the Rebels.
With former LSU coach Ed Orgeron and former Boise State coach Chris Petersen not in the running, that leaves former Arizona coaches Mike Stoops and Kevin Sumlin as likely candidates.
UNLV’s lockdown defense and a barrage of 3s were too much for San Diego to handle, and the Rebels moved to 8-0 with a win in their first true road game of the season.
UNLV is undefeated and off to its best start in 32 years, but the Lady Rebels now play four straight games on the road in the most difficult section of their schedule.
Gilbert, a point guard, leads the Rebels in scoring (15.9) and assists (3.3) while shooting 56 percent through a 7-0 start to the season.
The Rebels’ dreams of the program’s first bowl game since 2013 officially ended Friday after Buffalo stormed back to beat Akron and become bowl-eligible.
The Rebels fought back from big deficits in each set, but were eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday against the Cougars in San Diego.
Any chase for a Mountain West championship begins with athletic director Erick Harper, who boldly set the expectations for Arroyo’s successor. He must win and win quickly.
In a statement Tuesday, former UNLV coach Marcus Arroyo said he was disappointed that he wasn’t able to complete the process he and his staff began three years ago.
Things didn’t work at Nebraska for Scott Frost, but he built an undefeated Group of Five champion at Central Florida.