The Search for UNLV's Next Football Coach

Players graduating, returning discuss coaching turnover
UNLV FOOTBALL: QB Omar Clayton says it's a waiting game for most returners as coaching search ensues
Mon, Nov 16, 2009 (8:50 p.m.)
Whenever a college football program undergoes a coaching change, naturally, fallout ensues. Usually, it's in the form of players transferring out of the program. UNLV's decision to fire fifth-year coach Mike Sanford came as the 4-7 team heads into the bye week, and then plays its season finale on Nov. 28 at home against San Diego State. For the time being, until both the season is finished and a new coach is named, the UNLV players who are set to return next season are in a holding pattern of sorts.


UNLV coach Mike Sanford, who was told on Sunday that he will not be brought back for a sixth season in 2010, addresses the media at the Lied Athletic Complex on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. Sanford is 15-43 overall in four-plus seasons at the helm, and he will coach the Rebels' finale at home against San Diego State on Nov. 28 to close out his tenure.
Sanford places blame elsewhere for UNLV's shortcomings
UNLV FOOTBALL: Fired head coach says more commitment is needed from administration, community
Monday, November 16, 2009
A day after his firing as the head football coach at UNLV, Mike Sanford sat in front of more microphones and recorders than he had seen at almost any point in his five-year tenure. He used that rare forum to proclaim that, in his mind, the program's failure to get off the ground had nothing to do with who the head coach was.


Sanford firing sets interim AD apart in UNLV search
analysis: Koloskie's bold move puts him in the lead for permanent spot
Monday, November 16, 2009
Early Friday morning, Dr. Neal Smatresk sat in a black leather chair in his seventh-floor office and knotted a scarlet tie around the collar of a light blue-striped dress shirt. UNLV’s new president spoke wistfully about a football victory the following day at Air Force, the Rebels beating San Diego State, and Ryan Wolfe and Omar Clayton playing in a well-deserved bowl game. “ … we could finish 7-6,” Smatresk said.


UNLV coach Mike Sanford yells at quarterback Omar Clayton after a delay of game penalty during the second half of the Rebels' 35-15 loss to Utah on Oct. 17. Sanford will not return for a sixth season in 2010 on the heels of Saturday's 45-17 loss at Air Force, which dropped UNLV to 4-7 on the season and eliminated the Rebels from bowl contention.
Sanford won't return as UNLV coach in 2010
Following fifth consecutive losing season, Rebels football program to head in a new direction
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The Mike Sanford era at UNLV will officially be over once the Rebels complete another disappointing season with their finale at Sam Boyd Stadium on Nov. 28 against San Diego State. Sources close to the situation confirmed the news to The Sun on Sunday night in the wake of the Rebels' 45-17 loss on Saturday evening to Air Force. The defeat dropped UNLV to 4-7.


A name for those who want to see Sanford gone
UNLV could do a lot worse than a 10-time national champion
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Should Mike Sanford be fired as UNLV’s football coach, one name already has surfaced in conjunction with the potential opening.


UNLV quarterback Omar Clayton scrambles under pressure from Colorado State defensive back Elijah-Blu Smith during the first half of their game Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels won, 35-16.
Rebels’ win raises a few what-ifs
Ron Kantowski: Imagine what would happen if UNLV were to win its last two scheduled games
Monday, November 9, 2009
As I sat in the Bono seats — the rickety bleachers at the summit of the stadium, which, with rare exception, get occupied only when U2 is in town and never, ever get occupied when the UNLV football team is in town — I had a thought that might be frightening to whatever devoted Rebel football fans remain.


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