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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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UNLV basketball lands another commit in 6-foot-11 Africa native
Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Rebels have another piece in place as big man Cheickna Dembele today committed to the program, multiple sources confirmed. Listed at 6-foot-11 and 220 pounds, Dembele was also getting interest from Michigan State and …
Additional UNLV football games selected for national TV
Friday, April 29, 2016
The Rebels will have two more chances to earn TV bonus money against their two main rivals, it was announced today. The Mountain West released the remainder of its ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Junior college guard is Menzies’ first commit at UNLV
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Guard Kris Clyburn will be new UNLV coach Marvin Menzies’ first incoming player, the program announced today. Clyburn, listed at 6-foot-6, comes from Ranger (Community) College in Ranger, Texas, and he will have three years of ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trailblazers
Monday, April 25, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Rebels game at Boise State will air on ESPN2
Monday, April 25, 2016
UNLV will appear on ESPN2 when it travels to Boise State, it was announced today. The Rebels will kick off at 6 or 6:30 p.m. Las Vegas time on Friday, Nov. 18, in Boise, one of 10 non-Saturday games the Mountain West Conference revealed TV information for this morning.
Switching sides: Former Rebels coach Dave Rice joins staff at UNR
Monday, April 25, 2016
Former UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice was fired from his dream job on Jan. 10. Now, he returns to coaching in the state of Nevada, and part of his new job will be making the in-state rivalry a nightmare for the Rebels. UNR will hire Rice for ...
With 5-year, $3.7 million contract approved, UNLV coach says it’s time to work
Friday, April 22, 2016
Standing in the Mendenhall Center gym, Marvin Menzies listed some of the programs that have told him thanks, but no thanks. Tulsa. Colorado State. Even Texas Tech, which provided the most bizarre ...
Board of Regents approves Menzies contract on 12-1 vote
Friday, April 22, 2016
After a little more than an hour of public comment, discussion and lamenting about the process, Marvin Menzies officially became UNLV’s new men’s basketball coach this morning.
Vegas Play of the Day: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Take 5: Quotes shed light on new UNLV coach Chris Beard’s positive mindset
Saturday, April 9, 2016
New UNLV men’s basketball coach Chris Beard is known as a good storyteller who can work a crowd, so when his contract was approved on Friday he set about proving it.
‘I won’t let any of you down’: New UNLV coach Beard intends to hit ground running
Friday, April 8, 2016
When his five-year, $5.75 million contract was approved by a 9-4 vote, Chris Beard stood up and walked around the table so that he could address the full room inside the Nevada System of Higher Education building. Beard told a crowd ...
Blog: Board of Regents approve Beard contract by 9-4 vote
Beard's five-year deal is official and he talked about winning immediately at the ensuing news conference
Friday, April 8, 2016
After sitting still for more than two hours, which came nearly two weeks after agreeing to be UNLV's next basketball coach, Chris Beard was finally approved to be the Rebels' 12th full-time coach on a 9-4 vote by the Board of Regents. Beard will appear at a news conference later this afternoon.
Take 5: Quarterback battle will get most attention at UNLV spring game
Friday, April 8, 2016
Hope springs eternal this time of year in college football, and on Saturday fans have a chance to see up close the group they hope can continue a Rebel resurgence in UNLV coach Tony Sanchez’s second season.
UNLV’s Derrick Jones declares for NBA Draft, won’t hire agent
Thursday, April 7, 2016
UNLV forward Derrick Jones Jr. will submit his name to the NBA Draft but not hire an agent, he tweeted Thursday afternoon, which means there’s a chance Jones could ...
Kreitler at center of UNLV’s push to play with killer instinct
The Rebels' Spring Showcase is at noon on Saturday, April 9 at UNLV's soccer complex on campus
Thursday, April 7, 2016
If you were asked to name a group as outsized as an offensive line after a group of animals, you could do worse than whales. UNLV senior center Will Kreitler agrees, though it has little to do with either crew’s relative rotundness.
Vegas Play of the Day: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Beard could make more than $1 million per season at UNLV
Monday, April 4, 2016
The Board of Regents will meet at noon Friday to go over the five-year contract proposal for Chris Beard, who’s set to make about $1 million annually as UNLV’s new men’s basketball coach. Beard, who most recently led ...
UNLV’s Pat McCaw decides to turn pro
Monday, April 4, 2016
Pat McCaw is taking his headband to the next level as the sophomore guard becomes the second Rebel from last year’s team to declare for the NBA Draft. McCaw announced his decision ...
UNLV’s Nwamu to compete in dunk contest
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Ike Nwamu will punctuate his college career with a slam-dunk contest, it was announced this morning. The Rebel guard is one of eight senior dunkers selected for ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Chris Beard brings journeyman work ethic to UNLV
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The future of UNLV basketball coached his first career NCAA Tournament game with a broken hand suffered during a particularly fiery halftime speech in the Sun Belt championship game. The dry erase board ...
Rising star: Vashti Cunningham is her father’s daughter
Monday, March 28, 2016
Vashti Cunningham is a senior in high school, and now she’s a professional athlete. The daughter of former NFL star Randall Cunningham, Vashti is one of the nation’s top high jumpers, with medal aspirations for the summer Olympics. Her father says she’s ready for all that comes with turning pro.
Arkansas-Little Rock’s Chris Beard accepts UNLV basketball job
Beard, 43, becomes UNLV's 12th full-time coach after one season leading the Trojans
Sunday, March 27, 2016
In one season, Arkansas-Little Rock’s Chris Beard took the Sun Belt Conference by storm. The Rebels are betting that, in time, he can do the same thing in ...
Rebels move on after Mick Cronin decides to stay at Cincinnati
Friday, March 25, 2016
Mick Cronin is staying at Cincinnati, and UNLV’s coaching search will move in other directions, with New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies flying in to Las Vegas ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Georgia Tech at San Diego State
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Morgan to leave UNLV basketball, transfer closer to home
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
In what could be the first of many player departures, sophomore forward Dwayne Morgan will ask to leave the UNLV program, per multiple sources. Morgan, a Baltimore native, plans to transfer closer to home.
Cincinnati’s Cronin in Las Vegas to check out UNLV hoops job
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, NetJets flight No. 953 landed at Atlantic Aviation on Tropicana Avenue, a quick drive from the Thomas & Mack Center. The flight's cargo included the top candidate to be UNLV’s next men’s basketball coach, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin. Two black Cadillac Escalades ...
Southern Utah hires UNLV interim coach Todd Simon
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
UNLV interim basketball coach Todd Simon will take over at Southern Utah, it was announced this afternoon. Simon was an assistant for two full seasons before ...
Las Vegas high-jumper Vashti Cunningham, 18, turning pro
Monday, March 21, 2016
A day after winning gold in the high jump at the world indoor track and field championships, Bishop Gorman High senior Vashti Cunningham announced she’s turning pro. At this point, the talented 18-year-old looks …
Four musts for UNLV’s next basketball coach
Monday, March 21, 2016
If the Runnin’ Rebels are going to build on what former coach Dave Rice tried to build, they will have to maintain his scheduling philosophy but come up with solutions for three shortcomings the program had during his tenure ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Purdue
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: Wichita State vs. Vanderbilt
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: South Carolina State at Grand Canyon
Monday, March 14, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Standing at crossroads, next few weeks are critical for UNLV basketball
Saturday, March 12, 2016
The season’s end is the start of the next era for UNLV basketball. How the program handles the next month will determine what that future looks like for the next five years and beyond. There’s a lot to figure out with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: UNR vs. San Diego State
Friday, March 11, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Rebels enter unknown after season-ending loss to Fresno State
UNLV could be in for major overhaul following second straight 18-15 record
Thursday, March 10, 2016
When it was over, 13 players and three coaches shuffled up the Thomas & Mack Center tunnel unsure if they would ever trot back down. One of the tunnel walls features a preseason ...
Blog: Rebels’ season ends with 95-82 quartefinal loss to Fresno State
Thursday, March 10, 2016
For the second straight season, UNLV ends the year with an 18-15 record and an exit in the Mountain West tournament quarterfinals. The Rebels trailed Fresno State the entire way, and despite keeping it close for awhile they ran out of gas in a ??-?? loss at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Cheaney, Rebels step up to win triple-overtime classic
UNLV advances to the Mountain West tournament quarterfinals Thursday at 6 p.m. against Fresno State with a 108-102 thriller against Air Force
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
A walk-on who wasn’t even on the team to start the season played career-high minutes to help win a triple-overtime Mountain West Conference tournament thriller, because of course Barry Cheaney did. The 2015-16 UNLV basketball season has been a lot of things but predictable isn’t one, so just when ...
Blog: UNLV holds on for exciting triple-overtime win against Air Force
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Pat McCaw and Ike Nwamu played every excruciating minute, and with two walk-ons taking on a significant role the Rebels rallied to win a thrilling triple-overtime game 108-102 against Air Force. UNLV will play Fresno State tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Rebels’ uphill trek through league tourney starts today against Air Force
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
When UNLV added former walk-on Bryan Glenn to the roster to add some depth, the Rebels faced a simple problem ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Gonzaga vs. St. Mary’s
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
UNLV’s McCaw named second team all-conference and all-defense
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
UNLV’s Pat McCaw was named to the coaches’ second team and all-defensive team, the Mountain West announced this morning.
New baseball clubhouse expected to ‘do wonders’ for Rebels
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Less than a year after gathering a few hundred feet away to announce a new clubhouse for UNLV baseball, a similar group reconvened for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday as the Rebels officially opened the Anthony and Lyndy Marnell III Baseball Clubhouse.
Rebels open spring practice a year older, hopefully wiser and definitely heavier
Monday, March 7, 2016
Tony Sanchez’s debut season as UNLV’s football coach finished with a 3-9 record that only felt like more of the same if you looked at nothing …
Worst loss in 16 years ends Rebels’ regular season
Saturday, March 5, 2016
For a UNLV team with four guys who played the entire first half, the 15-minute halftime break seemed like the only thing that could add any life to …
Blog: Rebels get blown out in loss at San Diego State
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Pat McCaw scored 21 points on 14 shots, and it wasn't anywhere close to enough tonight for the Rebels, who lost at San Diego State 92-56. UNLV had only five scholarship players available and from the …
Rebels try to keep rolling with the punches in regular-season finale
Saturday, March 5, 2016
The Rebels were 4-1 under interim coach Todd Simon the last time they played San Diego State, and UNLV’s season hasn’t been the same since.
Bern’s-Eye View: The Rebels’ season, from ‘And now ...’ to ‘What now?’
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Freshman forward Derrick Jones Jr. might have played his last game in a UNLV uniform, but after a tumultuous year like this one, there could be a lot of ...
NCAA disqualifies Rebels freshman Jones Jr. over nullified test score
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Derrick Jones Jr. has been ruled ineligible because of an issue with his ACT score, and it could mean that the freshman forward has played his last game for UNLV. On Monday, the Rebels were notified that …
Rebels’ team effort nets 79-74 win vs. Wyoming in home finale
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
One freshman returned and another one continued to play the best basketball of his season, but it wasn’t just the young guys making an impact for UNLV on Senior Night. In their regular-season home finale, seniors Jerome Seagears and Ike Nwamu each scored 18 points to help the Rebels hold …

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