Three games and three ugly losses into his tenure as UNLV football coach, Bobby Hauck is already under fire. An angry mob of fed-up fans is calling for Hauck to be fired.
That’s an exaggeration. The one-man mob is Rich Perez, a longtime local broadcaster and angry blogger.
In a commentary that obviously lacks perspective, Perez stated on Bleacherreport.com that Hauck “made a huge leap from Montana, where he had some success in the minors of college football,” and essentially is in over his head at UNLV.
Perez continued: “The fact is this program didn’t need Bobby Hauck, it needed a premier coach. Hey UNLV, wake up and smell the coffee, this team is in serious trouble and you have a coach who is ill prepared (sic) to meet the challenge of this league. Lets (sic) hope UNLV makes the changes needed immediately.
“I’m the first to call it, I assure you this coach may not last two years here.”
And after totally disrespecting Hauck’s ability to coach the Rebels, Perez wrote, “I am not disrespecting Hauck at all, his credentials are fine (for other schools).”
If Perez turns out to be right, we’ll credit him at a later date.
But it’s insanely early to scream for Hauck’s ouster. And it’s almost as crazy to say he made a “huge leap” from college football’s minor leagues. This week’s New Mexico-UNLV game is so minor league it should be played at Cashman Field.
■ ‘A’ FOR EFFORT — Oakland Athletics rookie Chris Carter, a former Sierra Vista High School standout, singled Monday in a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. It was a big deal.
Here’s why: The hit stopped Carter’s 0-for-33 streak to begin his major league career. According to a Yahoo! Sports blog, Carter was three hitless at-bats from setting the major league record for the longest 0-for streak by a nonpitcher to start a career.
Carter called the hit “the best feeling ever.”
It got better for him Tuesday, when he went 2-for-3, and Wednesday, when he hit his first homer in the majors, putting Carter’s batting average at .100.
■ BODY HEAT — Anna Kournikova was a decent tennis player, but who cares about that? She’s on the October cover of Maxim magazine and labeled “The Sexiest Sports Star In History.”
Kournikova poses in bikinis (it’s not Playboy) and does a Q-and-A for those interested in what she thinks as much as how hot she looks.
She lives in Miami and follows the NBA: “I love the Heat. When LeBron (James) made his decision, there was definitely a lot of celebrating,” she said. “Now we just have to see the results.”
Come to think of it, James is sort of the Kournikova of pro basketball. Neither could win a championship on their own.
■ SPEAKING THE TRUTH — Watching Al Davis run the Oakland Raiders and Tom Cable coach them is a reminder of what former offensive lineman Randy Cross once said:
“The NFL, like life, is full of idiots.”
COMPILED BY MATT YOUMANS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL