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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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Dunk contest will highlight UNLV basketball downtown event
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
Two weeks before its exhibition game, the Rebels are putting on a show in downtown Las Vegas. And they’re bringing their court with them. UNLV announced that the men’s basketball team will host Runnin’ Rebel Madness on Thursday, Oct. 22, at ...
UNLV’s Sanchez ready for his collegiate coaching debut
It was a great offseason for the Rebels’ first-year coach, and now the focus shifts to making the results match the hype
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
For eight months, Tony Sanchez has been a professional pitchman. The city of Las Vegas, the university, the coaching staff — Sanchez has spent ...
Plenty of freshmen appear in UNLV’s initial depth chart for 2015 season
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
When Tony Sanchez took the UNLV job last December, one of the first things he and the almost entirely new staff had to do was put together a recruiting class they felt could set a foundation. That group will not be put to the test, because the initial depth chart backs up Sanchez’s assertions that many freshmen will get a chance to play right away.
Vegas Play of the Day: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: North Dakota State at Montana
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Mountain West unveils national TV schedule for upcoming basketball season
Rebels will appear on CBS Sports Network 10 times; five games moved from Wednesday to Tuesday to accomodate coverage
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
At least 25 of UNLV’s games in the 2015-16 season will air or stream on a national service, it was announced today.
Foothill has veteran QB, RB and great home field advantage
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Besides having the better players or coaches, how does a team create a home-field advantage? Usually it’s about the atmosphere, an intangible idea that’s better felt than explained. ...
Western football eyes win column for first time since 2010
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
For the Western High football team, it has to start with one ...
Shadow Ridge faces challenging schedule in new season
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
First-year Shadow Ridge High football coach Travis Foster doesn’t have any delusions about what it’s going to take to build a program. ...
Pieces in place for Centennial football to continue winning ways
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
Not only does the Centennial High football team seemingly have the personnel in place, but after some close calls last year they don’t intend on leaving anything to chance ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Will UNLV be able to surpass two-win mark?
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
What will be the Rebels’ record in 2015? It’s a seemingly simple question and it comes with a handy guide in the form of UNLV’s over/under win total of 2.5. Two or fewer victories would ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Detroit Tigers at Chicago Cubs
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Small gains theme of Kunzer-Murphy’s state of the Rebels address
Academic success, improved budget and uptick in football ticket sales also have AD feeling positive heading into 2015-16
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
UNLV Athletics finished the most recent annual budget with a surplus for the first time in years and the ongoing plans for an on-campus football practice facility remains the department’s top priority, according to Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy.
Vegas Play of the Day: Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
UNLV football gets lesson on discipline during scrimmage at Nellis Air Force Base
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015
The Rebels took over an all-purpose field at Nellis Air Force Base and ran through about 60 plays in front of a handful of fans. In recent years at this time the Rebels would have been up in Ely, where temperatures would have felt 20-30 degrees lower ...
Few stars, plenty of dunks at USA Basketball Showcase in the Mack
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
It started with a botched jump ball and ended with the USA Men’s National Team essentially getting chased off the court by a rush of fans that clearly wasn’t supposed to get a free pass from Thomas & Mack Center security. In between at Thursday night’s USA Basketball Showcase, the players remaining from ...
Sam Boyd Stadium turf will match UNLV’s Vegas-centric uniforms
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
Tony Sanchez’s rebranding campaign at UNLV will ultimately be judged on real wins and losses. Until his first season actually starts, though, Sanchez has been busy ...
New UNLV signage inside Mendenhall Center greets USA Basketball camp
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
A lot of what happens in the Mendenhall Center, including this week’s USA Basketball minicamp, travels far beyond the building’s walls. Now the Rebels have made sure a piece of UNLV travels with it ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Chicago Sky at New York Liberty
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Offensive line’s development will play large role in UNLV’s process
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
When UNLV coach Tony Sanchez gets home from a day at the office, his wife, Tessie, will often ask how practice went. The answer has less to do with Sanchez’s words than the hoarseness of his voice.
UNLV’s seniors optimistic new energy can lead to quick turnaround
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015
Expectations for Tony Sanchez’s first season as a Division I head coach are understandably low. But despite the obvious rebuilding project ahead of him, most people say ...
Rebels’ first camp under new regime set to open
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
For the first time in a decade, the UNLV football team will be staying in Las Vegas for its preseason camp.
Gorman grad, top NFL prospect appears on Sports Illustrated cover
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
Ronnie Stanley could have been one of the top offensive linemen drafted by the NFL last year, but he elected to stay at Notre Dame. Now entering his senior season, the Bishop Gorman High grad is pegged as a top-3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. And with the Fighting Irish projected as a playoff team, Stanley is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.
Obekpa, one of nation’s top shot blockers, transfers to UNLV
The 6-foot-10 forward from St. John’s will sit out one season and then have one year of eligibility remaining
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
It’s perhaps not coincidental that St. John’s shot blocker Chris Obekpa, who’s famous in certain corners for his short shorts worn last season, announced his transfer ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland Indians at Los Angeles Angels
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Tristan Clark, 2017 recruiting target for UNLV, transfers to Findlay Prep
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015
A week ago, class of 2017 forward Tristan Clark knew very little about the newest school to offer him a scholarship. Now he’s going to get an up-close view of life in Southern Nevada as ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Sanchez holds court as everyone wonders if UNLV coach will buck recent trends
The Rebels' first-year coach had a lot of interest at the Mountain West's media days as he makes transition from high school to Division I
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
When you’re only the fifth person ever to do something, as UNLV coach Tony Sanchez is, it piques outside interest. When all four of the previous people in the modern era to go straight from high school to Division I coach essentially failed, it invites skepticism that the fifth will be any different. Especially at a place like UNLV, which ...
Boyd receives preseason honor; Rebels picked last in West Division
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
UNLV was picked to finish last in its division while sophomore receiver Devonte Boyd was the lone Rebel on the preseason All-Mountain West team, it was announced this morning at ...
Foothill High graduate will join UNLV as preferred walk-on
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Foothill High graduate Austin Starr will suit up at UNLV this season as a preferred walk-on, it was announced Monday.
UNLV to face UCLA in opening game at November’s Maui Invitational
Monday, July 27, 2015
UNLV’s first game at the Maui Invitational will come against a recent Mountain West coaching foe, ESPN reported today. The official bracket for the Thanksgiving week tournament comes out ...
Bern's-Eye View: Even in weak division, UNLV will have an uphill battle
Boise State and San Diego State are the clear favorites to meet in this year's Mountain West championship game
Monday, July 27, 2015
The 2015 Mountain West Football Media Days start Monday at the Cosmopolitan. Media were asked to predict how the league would play out. Here’s how our Taylor Bern sees it ...
Class of ’17 forward could follow fellow Baltimore natives to UNLV
Andre Rafus’ profile is growing, but he remembers it was the Rebels who first reached out to him
Monday, July 27, 2015
Being the first school to show interest and offer a prospect a scholarship doesn’t guarantee a program will sign that recruit. But it doesn’t hurt.
UNLV targets are teammates in the summer, rivals come fall
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Secondary market tickets to the 2012 Bishop Gorman vs. Findlay Prep game were going for more than $200. Every seat at the Cox Pavilion was filled, and occupying one of them was a young player from Arizona who fell in love with the Pilots and ...
UNLV football schedules series with Arizona State starting in 2020
Friday, July 24, 2015
UNLV football continues to add Big 5 opponents to its future nonconference schedules as the program today announced a home-and-home series with Arizona State starting in 2020.
UNLV commit Justin Jackson still mulling options on 2015 vs. 2016
Friday, July 24, 2015
UNLV freshman Jalen Poyser sent the tweet at 2:04 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 and deleted it by 2:05. The message could still come true but according to its subject, fellow Canadian Justin Jackson, it was and remains premature.
Four remaining UNLV football games will be streamed online
Fire up the laptop or desktop for the Battle for the Fremont Cannon and three additional home games
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
All four of the UNLV games that didn’t already have TV information will be streamed online, the Rebels announced today.
Vegas Play of the Day: Miami Marlins at Arizona Diamondbacks
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Local events will have UNLV’s coaching staff trailing targets all over town
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Two years ago, UNLV coach Dave Rice entered the summer’s final recruiting period with one open scholarship and no plans to use it on an incoming player. Then Jamal Aytes ...
Pair of UNLV football road games to air on Root Sports
Monday, July 20, 2015
UNLV’s regular season finale at Wyoming was one of two Rebel games picked up by Root Sports, the Mountain West announced today.
Vegas Play of the Day: San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns
Monday, July 20, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Birch feels at home in Las Vegas as he continues journey toward NBA dream
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Khem Birch has spent the first two summers of his professional life in a familiar place trying to prove that he belongs in the NBA. Whenever his career ends, he’s ...
UNLV’s Vaughn alone in dark room when Milwaukee drafted him
The Rebels' leading scorer last season was getting nervous before he went No. 17 and made his pro debut this week in the NBA Summer League
Friday, July 17, 2015
As far-fetched as it was, there was speculation that the Milwaukee Bucks could move to Las Vegas. One might think that Milwaukee first-round pick Rashad Vaughn would love ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
UNLV announces nonconference slate with MGM Grand game in ticket package
Release delayed due to getting game vs. Oregon included in season-ticket package. Maui Invitational, Arizona highlight schedule
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Dave Rice heard the feedback last year. As nice as some fans thought it was to see UNLV’s first-ever game on the Las Vegas Strip, it annoyed ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Oubre finding his way at the next level with Washington Wizards
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Kelly Oubre Jr. always had the look and the build, but eight months ago that NBA-ready body spent more time on Kansas’ bench than off it.
Vegas Play of the Day: Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.

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