The journey back to respectability for UNLV basketball seems further off than ever, the Rebels on Wednesday night showing to have far more issues than even a 74-66 defeat might suggest.
Landing a coach with supreme name recognition is exactly the path UNLV should travel in football, one that could ultimately affect all other sports in a positive manner.
Robert Smith, one of the greatest point guards in UNLV history, lies in a long-term care facility in Las Vegas, breathing on his own and showing signs that he could be on the road to recovery.
Improving as a season goes on is not something the Rebels have done of late. They last made the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and now welcome first-year coach T.J. Otzelberger.
The Rebels’ first-year basketball coach hasn’t won any games yet at the school, but he’s winning over fans of all ages by promoting the team across the Las Vegas Valley.
New UNLV basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger arrived by helicopter Thursday and then said all the right things in a manner befitting a person understanding of the unrealistic expectations he inherited.
Desiree Reed-Francois will introduce the person she has chosen to lead UNLV basketball, T.J. Otzelberger, Thursday, ending a search that began almost two weeks ago when the athletic director fired Marvin Menzies after his third season.
Mike Miller, the University of Memphis assistant and 18-year NBA player, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the UNLV coaching job.
Athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois fired men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies after his third season Friday, bringing an end to a tenure that began with the culmination of one of the darkest points in program history.
Here we are again — what, has it been 10 minutes, a season, three? — and UNLV’s basketball program is apparently at another crossroads with its coaching position.