Review-Journal columnist Ed Graney takes a close look at the career, on and off the field, of the former Bishop Gorman, CSN and UNLV coach, who died Sunday evening at age 54.
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 junior running back suffered a serious ankle injury in 2017, but now has produced two consecutive 100-yard games to begin the season.
One step forward is yet again three steps back, the latest example being a 43-17 blowout loss to Arkansas State before an announced gathering of 18,742 on Saturday night.
Numbers rarely lie and those of the junior quarterback Armani Rogers suggest bowl eligibility for the Rebels in 2019 will be directly linked to whether or not he has grown into a more accurate passer.
The Rebels need junior college star linebacker Vic Viramontes to translate his confidence off the field to a huddle.
The Rebels will have to prove history and the Mountain West preseason media poll wrong, a forecast that has UNLV finishing fifth in the six-team West Division.
Already, the new UNLV football complex has paid off with several commitments for the 2020 recruiting class, pledges from the sorts of players who likely would have never considered the Rebels if not for such dedication to an on-campus facility.
A potential site for a College Football Playoff championship game will soon host the NFL and UNLV football, along with a new-and-much-improved Las Vegas Bowl.
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.