One of the main problems with UNLV athletics, perhaps the central one, is the fact it either doesn’t realize or accept its place in today’s world of collegiate athletics.
The most difficult step for a university to make is admitting it fumbled an important decision, and yet for as much as social media unmercifully ripped the confusing new Hey Reb! mark, it appears those in charge are standing behind it.
Public address announcer Dick Calvert was inducted into UNLV’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday under the heading of “distinguished contributor,” which is what he has been for the past 47 years.
Desiree Reed-Francois was incredibly impressive, and it’s now obvious why and how she annihilated the competition to become UNLV’s next athletic director when the process reached final interviews.
UNLV was negotiating a contract to make Desiree Reed-Francois the school’s next athletic director and, unless things stall, an official announcement could come as early as Monday.
It might be the smartest check the university ever writes, because if the last year told us anything, conducting searches for significant roles isn’t the greatest strength of those at UNLV.
Regents should have zero influence when it comes to those a university hires to run athletic programs, and that includes voting to approve the contracts offered coaches.
This is a Christmas story that has nothing to do with the one that will be shown on TBS on a continuous loop Friday. This one is about UNLV coaches with soft spots in their hearts, and a Rebels basketball player who is much better beyond the 3-point stripe than he is with a Mexican yo-yo, and sick kids in the hospital, and the local sports radio host who brings them all together each year.