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Taylor Bern

UNLV Sports Reporter

Taylor, who covers UNLV sports, is a 2010 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He worked for newspapers in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri before moving out to the desert, working seven months on the sports desk at the Arizona Republic before joining the Sun in November 2011. His outside passions include good books, bad coffee and the search for adequate leg room.

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Miller adds basketball pedigree, experience to Rebels coaching staff
Friday, April 18, 2014
The future isn’t always crystal clear for Ryan Miller, but one thing has seemed certain from a young age: Whatever he does, basketball will ...
Pair of guards officially sign to play for Rebels basketball
Findlay Prep guard Rashad Vaughn signs his national letter of intent while San Francisco transfer Cody Doolin signs a financial aid agreement
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Rebels’ incoming recruiting class officially doubled in size today. UNLV received ...
More Rebels football games slated for national TV but no bonuses guaranteed
Four of UNLV's league games, including the Battle for the Fremont Cannon, will appear on ESPN networks
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Rebels will play in front of a national audience at least five times this football season, the Mountain West announced today.
Rebels pick former league rival to join coaching staff
UNLV replaces Heath Schroyer with Ryan Miller, an Auburn assistant who spent 5 seasons at New Mexico
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Rebels’ fourth assistant basketball coach will be former Auburn associate head coach Ryan Miller, coach Dave Rice announced today. The move has been expected for several weeks. Miller spent five seasons under Steve Alford at New Mexico, where Miller was key in opening the Lobos’ recruiting pipeline to Australia. Miller spent time there...
Vegas Play of the Day: Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Rebels pitching their way to possibly historic season for the program
UNLV is on pace to make a regional for the first time since 2005, and it has a lot to do with 4 stellar starting pitchers
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Every once in awhile, maybe if he’s all caught up on the DVR and needs some entertainment, UNLV junior catcher Erik VanMeetren will stir the pot. It’s always a friendly argument, and honestly VanMeetren doesn’t need to do much for the back-and-forth to get started. His pitchers know each other’s stats and how to use them to ...
Former Rebel Bryce Dejean-Jones commits to Iowa State
Monday, April 14, 2014
Former Rebel Bryce Dejean-Jones will play his final basketball season at Iowa State, he announced while visiting the Cyclones over the weekend. Dejean-Jones is on pace to graduate this summer and would then...
Rebels’ running backs steal the show at Spring Showcase
Saturday, April 12, 2014
QB Blake Decker’s battle with former starter Nick Sherry will be the most-watched position battle when the team resumes practices this summer, yet on Friday it was ...
UNLV football accepts blame yet still defiant in face of NCAA’s postseason ban
NCAA denies UNLV’s appeal and sanctions the program for failing to meet the Academic Progress Rate standard
Friday, April 11, 2014
With the NCAA’s decision made, UNLV football was simultaneously angry and disappointed with in the Academic Progress Rate failings that will keep the Rebels from competing in any postseason play this year. UNLV is the first FBS-level program to face ...
Bishop Gorman grad likely to transfer from Oregon to UNLV
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Bishop Gorman grad Ben Carter is likely coming back home. The Oregon sophomore forward plans to transfer to UNLV with two years of eligibility remaining. Carter helped win two state titles with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Class of 2014 guard visiting UNLV this weekend
Shooting guard Pat McCaw is all set to visit the Rebels, who currently have one open scholarship
Thursday, April 10, 2014
UNLV basketball will have a visitor this weekend as class of 2014 guard Pat McCaw is coming to campus, according to a source. McCaw’s official visit comes just a few days before the first day of the spring signing period on April 16.
Notebook: Inside Birch’s decision-making process and schedule update
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Khem Birch is awaiting the feedback from NBA general managers and scouts that will help him make a decision whether to stay at UNLV for his final season or enter the NBA Draft. Coach Dave Rice has submitted the paperwork and the NBA must respond by ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Dodgers
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Junior Roscoe Smith to leave UNLV and enter name in NBA Draft
Friday, April 4, 2014
Rebels junior forward Roscoe Smith will forgo his final year of eligibility and put his name into the NBA Draft pool, multiple sources tell the Sun. After sitting out a year because...
Vegas Play of the Day: Phoenix at Portland
Friday, April 4, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
San Jose State woes force Mountain West basketball tournament to go to 10 teams in 2014-15
Thursday, April 3, 2014
UNLV football isn’t the only Mountain West program expecting a subpar Academic Progress Rate score in June. San Jose State basketball’s struggles will impact the format of next year’s conference basketball tournament.
Vegas Play of the Day: SMU vs. Minnesota
Thursday, April 3, 2014
I’m going to avoid dipping my toe into baseball until I’m all out of college basketball, which means today I’m going with the NIT Championship.
Past motivates UNLV freshman receiver to work hard for a better future
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Devante Boyd was looking forward to seeing a familiar face. Boyd, then about to start his senior season at Basic High, had already lived away from his family in the New Orleans area for a few years. He and his uncle were doing well ...
Rebels in and around the program had a wild ride during Rice saga
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
For most people it came out of nowhere, and Dave Rice’s flirtation with South Florida had more twists and turns than most relationships can muster in the first 24 hours. Several hours in, it seemed like UNLV’s coach was going to get what he wanted — more time and more financial commitment from UNLV — to stay put. But up until then ...
UNLV’s Final Four records endure after decades
Sunday, March 30, 2014
To realize how big of an impact the Rebels had, you need only check the record books.
Rice staying put at UNLV with 2-year extension proposed by administration
The Rebels' coach won't be heading to South Florida, which had reportedly offered him a long contract
Saturday, March 29, 2014
A whirlwind 24 hours of speculation came to a close Saturday evening with UNLV coach Dave Rice in the same position he’s been for three years, except with extra security and more money than before. After considering a contract to be the head coach at South Florida, Rice negotiated ...
UNLV expects quick resolution to Rice’s career decision
Friday, March 28, 2014
UNLV expects to hear Dave Rice’s decision soon, maybe by Saturday, and sources tell the Sun the Rebels’ coach is expected to accept an extension and possible raise from UNLV discussed at ...
UNLV’s Dave Rice offered head coaching job at South Florida
Friday, March 28, 2014
The Rebels’ already-hectic offseason has been spent figuring out who will return next season. That speculation now includes coach Dave Rice. Sources today confirmed a report that...
Vegas hoops All-American excited to take national stage before joining Rebels
Friday, March 28, 2014
Rashad Vaughn had enough opportunities to see UNLV basketball up close that the program’s poor finish — no postseason for the first time in eight years — wasn’t going to sour him on the program...
Vegas Play of the Day: San Diego State vs. Arizona
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Hauck follows AD’s lead on UNLV football’s possible postseason ban
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The UNLV football program knows that a poor Academic Progress Rate score may derail its momentum. But just like the Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Rebels coach Bobby Hauck will deal with that publicly only when...
Bern’s-Eye View: First impressions from UNLV football’s practice field
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In the midst of March Madness and the impending start of Major League Baseball, it’s easy to forget that there are football developments going on across the country. First off, any revelations gleaned from a spring football practice should be taken with more than a few grains of salt ...
UNLV football could be penalized for low academic rating
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The UNLV football team is in danger of falling short of its Academic Progress Report mark set by the NCAA, which could bring a bowl-game ban or scholarship reductions. The NCAA’s report doesn’t come out until June, but the university already is looking at...
How can UNLV rebound from this season?
Sunday, March 23, 2014
UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice says he always looks in the mirror first when it comes to figuring out how to get UNLV back on the right track. There have been issues at various times with personnel, effort and execution, but that ultimately all falls on the head coach, and Rice knows that. So after the first year since 2006 without a postseason trip, change is coming, or at least that’s the plan. Some areas that need to be addressed...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oregon vs. Wisconsin
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Vegas Play of the Day: Oregon vs. BYU
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
UNLV associate head coach Schroyer leaving to take over at UT Martin
Heath Schroyer spent the past 3 seasons on coach Dave Rice's staff after previous head-coaching stints at Wyoming and Portland State
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
UNLV assistant Heath Schroyer will be the next head basketball coach at UT Martin, multiple sources confirmed to the Sun today. Schroyer will be introduced at a press conference on...
Vegas Play of the Day: NC State vs. Xavier
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones done playing for UNLV
Rebels coach Dave Rice announces the once suspended guard will leave the team but stay on scholarship to complete graduation
Sunday, March 16, 2014
On the day the season officially ended, many offseason wheels are already in motion for UNLV basketball. Junior shooting guard Bryce Dejean-Jones will not...
Runnin’ on empty: Rebels’ season ends without a postseason trip
UNLV isn’t selected for the NIT and decides to focus on the offseason rather than pursue lesser tournaments
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Much like its start, UNLV’s 2013-14 basketball season ended with a whimper. The Rebels were not selected to the NIT and announced they would not seek a bid to the lesser two postseason tournaments, officially ending the season. This is the first year without a postseason trip since 2005-06.
San Diego State, New Mexico dancing to different tunes with NCAA Tournament fates
Sunday, March 16, 2014
There wasn’t any Selection Sunday drama for Mountain West teams on the bubble because the only two teams in the field knew they would be dancing ...
Bern's-Eye View: If NIT doesn't come calling, Rebels should let season end
There are 3 postseason tournament possibilities for UNLV, but only one the program should consider
Sunday, March 16, 2014
UNLV knew for a while that only a Mountain West tournament title, its first since 2008, would be the only way to earn an NCAA bid. So now that there’s no chance of that, what’s next for the Rebels?
New coach nets same result as Lobos win 3rd straight tournament title
No. 2 seed New Mexico fended off No. 1 seed San Diego State for an exciting 64-58 victory in the Mountain West tournament championship game
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The more the Mountain West tournament changes, the more it stays the same. In the first season with an 11-team field that necessitated a full round of play-in games Wednesday, Saturday’s final at the Thomas & Mack Center ...
Blog: New Mexico holds on for 3rd straight league tournament crown
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Kendall Williams hit a long 3-pointer to sink the dagger into San Diego State's comeback bid and clinch the third straight Mountain West tournament title for New Mexico.
Rebels' last-ditch effort at NCAAs ends at Aztecs' hands in semifinals
UNLV will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 following a 59-51 loss that drops it to 20-13 on the season
Friday, March 14, 2014
The chants of “This is our house” rained down from the upper bowl in the Thomas & Mack Center tonight, and after their eighth loss here this season there was little the Rebels could say about it. Their performances here have made ownership...
Live blog: Rebels' run ends with 59-51 semifinals loss to San Diego State
Friday, March 14, 2014
Xavier Thames scored 17 points, Dwayne Polee hit late free throws to finish with 18 points and No. 1 seed San Diego State (29-3) is on to Saturday's finals with a 59-51 victory against UNLV (20-13) in today's semifinals. The Rebels will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first since 2009.
Catching up with former Rebel Mike Moser at the Pac-12 tournament
Oregon's run at the Pac-12 tournament ended Thursday but Moser was a big reason for the Ducks' recent 8-game winning streak
Friday, March 14, 2014
It’s Wednesday night and Mike Moser is sitting in the corner of Oregon’s locker room in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which happens to be at the center of his collegiate basketball life.
Birch sacrifices his body to help Rebels reach Mountain West semifinals
UNLV survives a late scare against Wyoming for a 71-67 victory that sets up a Friday night showdown against No. 1 seed San Diego State
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Despite a painful hip flexor injury, Khem Birch carried his team to victory over Wyoming and into a rematch the Rebels have been aching for. But can Birch withstand another...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oregon vs. UCLA
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Rebels begin Mountain West tournament run today against Wyoming
Thursday, March 13, 2014
In UNLV’s only meeting with Wyoming this season, a banged-up Larry Nance Jr. impacted the game with 12 points and nine rebounds. But this go-round, the first-team all-conference forward won't be around, and the Rebels get back a key player of their own.
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston at Oklahoma City
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Rebels’ key players in various states of readiness for conference tournament
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Rebels’ three leading scorers were in three different states of participation at Monday’s practice. And how each of them progresses from there will determine how far UNLV is able to advance in this week’s Mountain West tournament.
UNLV reinstates Dejean-Jones for Mountain West tournament
Monday, March 10, 2014
UNLV junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones will rejoin the team after a four-day suspension, Dave Rice said today. UNLV also gets another starter back today in...
UNLV's Birch takes home league's top defensive honor for 2nd straight season
Birch wins DPOY, all-defense and second-team honors, while two other Rebels receive distinction from the Mountain West
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Rebels’ Khem Birch won the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season but missed out on first-team all-league accolades, it was announced today. UNLV’s Bryce Dejean-Jones and Roscoe Smith were also honored.

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