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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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Arizona knocks Rebels around the field for second straight season
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Once you start it’s easy to get lost in the numbers — 2, 4, 787 — because they’re all staggering in their own way. They also tell the story of Arizona’s shellacking against UNLV ...
Blog: Arizona sets school records in 58-13 beatdown against UNLV
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Once the Wildcats got rolling it looked like there was nothing UNLV could do to stop them. Bishop Gorman grad Anu Solomon set a freshman record with 425 passing yards for the Wildcats and the team finished with a school record 787 yards in a 58-13 beatdown against UNLV that matched last year's score.
Bonanza High confident its cohesion will make up for key departures
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Bonanza High coach Kevin Volcic readily admits that on paper his 2014 roster doesn’t look as good as last year’s version. Yet at no point does he think that’s going to mean a step backward this season.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Best Bets Week 1
As the 2014 season begins, we start a new feature picking every league game against the spread
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
The 2014 Mountain West slate kicks off with a bang tonight on ESPN as Boise State begins the post-Chris Petersen era with a neutral-site game against No. 18 Ole Miss. In what will hopefully be a very profitable new venture I’m going to pick every Mountain West game this season, keeping track of ...
Win or lose, opener at Arizona is one of UNLV’s key games this season
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
If the first step to raising expectations is winning, then the next step is to press repeat. The Rebels go into the 2014 season with a drastically different ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
Wednesday, Aug. 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 ...
These top upsets in UNLV football history prove anything possible in opener at Arizona
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
The Rebels have an uphill climb in Friday’s season opener at Arizona. UNLV is a 24-point underdog at most sports books in town. It’s a big number, one that would make an outright victory a legitimate shock to most outsiders. But it’s not like the Rebels haven’t ...
New quarterback takes the reins as Rebels prepare for 2014 season opener
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Blake Decker might not have known he would be UNLV’s starting quarterback when he transferred into the program this offseason, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say he expected himself to be in this position entering Friday’s season opener at Arizona. “That was the hope ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs
Saturday, Aug. 23, 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 ...
Former UNLV guard to follow former UNLV assistant to UT Martin
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Former UNLV guard Deville Smith will be reunited with former UNLV assistant coach Heath Schroyer, a source confirmed Wednesday night. Smith is transferring to Tennessee Martin, where Schroyer is now the head coach.
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Colorado Rockies
Wednesday, Aug. 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 ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins
Monday, Aug. 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 ...
To stay hot on the field, Rebels keep cool for training camp
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
The UNLV football team is taking its yearly trip north to Ely for summer training camp. It costs a little more, but the benefits of being away from Las Vegas for 12 days are worth it ...
Longtime teammates lead defensive charge in UNLV scrimmage
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
They’ve played together, and played well together, for so long that it only made sense for Blake Richmond and Najee Johnson to continue playing alongside each other. “We both felt that it would be good for us to continue the high school and junior college chemistry we have together,” Johnson said at Saturday’s scrimmage at Broadbent Park. From Rodriguez High in Fairfield, Calif., to...
Decker plays his way into starting quarterback role for Rebels
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Anyone who watched the Rebels’ practices in Ely wouldn’t know there was a quarterback battle going on at all. One player was taking the bulk of the first-team reps, and earlier today coach Bobby Hauck named that guy ...
‘We all love it’: Rebels embrace a remote fall camp away from distractions
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
If the team were still on campus this is the type of environment they would try to create: insulated from the outside, nonfootball world. Traveling 250 miles north does that for them.
Rebels point guard one step closer to being eligible this season
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
UNLV guard Cody Doolin is one step closer to the basketball court this season. The NCAA granted UNLV’s season of competition waiver, the program announced today, which means...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals
Monday, Aug. 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 ...
Rebels add Washington transfer to defensive line
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
The Rebels’ defensive line got a big boost today with the addition of Washington transfer Josh Shirley.
Vegas Play of the Day: Chicago Bears against Philadelphia Eagles
Friday, Aug. 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 ...
As UNLV training camp commences, Robert Waterman still at center of it all
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
Robert Waterman has been at the center of UNLV’s offense for the past three seasons because, well, he’s the center. Since Sept. 1, 2011, Waterman has started 38 consecutive games, and in that time on the front lines he’s seen ...
Warm reception: Rebels open camp with great confidence in deep receiving corps
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Maika Mataele is bouncing around and nearly jumping out of his shoes on one practice field at Rebel Park. It’s a Tuesday morning, one day before UNLV holds its first official day of practice, and it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what has the senior receiver so excited ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 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 ...
Former coach Max Good returns to UNLV as special assistant
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
The move that’s been expected since the end of last season became official today, as Dave Rice announced Max Good is joining the staff as special assistant to the head coach. ...
Bishop Gorman senior Jeter selects Duke over UNLV, others
Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Chase Jeter won’t be following in his father’s footsteps, and that’s just fine with both parties. Today in Los Angeles, Chase Jeter appeared on ESPNU and announced that ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers
Monday, Aug. 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 ...
By any name, cornhole is expanding beyond the tailgate
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
Call it tailgate toss, or bags, or whatever you want, but if you’re throwing a bean bag about nine yards toward a raised plank of wood with a hole cut into it, the game you’re playing is cornhole. Don’t be embarrassed to say it, though: You are far from alone in Las Vegas. There are even tournaments in town.
Paul George’s brutal leg injury leaves USA Basketball shaken
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
One moment, everyone inside the Thomas & Mack Center for the USA Basketball Showcase was enjoying themselves and preparing for the final quarter of action. Then in a flash ...
Bishop Gorman senior Jeter set to announce college decision on ESPNU
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Bishop Gorman’s Chase Jeter is set to reveal his college decision to the country. Jeter, a top-10 player in the class of 2015, will announce his decision...
Vegas Play of the Day: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks
Friday, Aug. 1, 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 ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles
Thursday, July 31, 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 ...
Rebels’ leading rusher signs free-agent deal with Houston Texans
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Former UNLV running back Tim Cornett will get a shot to make an NFL roster, and it’s coming in his backyard.
Rebels begin Mountain West play on the road for 2nd straight season
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Rebels will open their Mountain West schedule at Wyoming on New Year’s Eve, it was announced today.
Former Rebel guard joins coaching staff at Northern Arizona
Monday, July 28, 2014
Former Rebel Kevin Kruger is leaving his father’s staff at Oklahoma to become an assistant at Northern Arizona, Kruger announced via Twitter earlier today.
Vegas Play of the Day: Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants
Monday, July 28, 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 ...
Rice happy to lend Mendenhall Center to Team USA Basketball
Monday, July 28, 2014
This week, and only this week, a college coach other than UNLV’s Dave Rice will have free reign of the Mendenhall Center, UNLV’s two-and-a-half year old basketball training facility. Starting today ...
Is momentum on UNLV’s sideline?
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Mountain West Conference Media Day was last week, and UNLV wasn't picked to win its division — but it wasn't picked to finish last, either. Here's how our reporters view the upcoming season for the Rebels, who are looking to play in consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Saturday, July 26, 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 ...
Rebels expected to stay in the running for pair of Florida players
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The long-term benefits of adding Ryan Miller to the coaching staff this offseason will bear themselves out over time. The immediate impact is easier to quantify, though ...
Findlay Prep forward likes what he hears from UNLV’s staff
Friday, July 25, 2014
Keep coming with all those calls and texts, college coaches. Horace Spencer isn’t getting tired of them and he’s not turning off his phone anytime soon.
UNLV prospect’s goal is to be the best in class of 2015
Thursday, July 24, 2014
To Elijah Thomas, it doesn’t matter that he was sidelined from the summer circuit because of injury until June this season, or that guys like Oakland’s Ivan Rabb and Bishop Gorman High’s Chase Jeter and Stephen Zimmerman are all top-10 bigs in the class of 2015. To Thomas, a UNLV target out of Lancaster, Texas, he’s the top player and soon enough everyone else will agree.
Vegas Play of the Day: Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels
Thursday, July 24, 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 ...
Rebels optimistic as hectic offseason coming to a close
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The scrum surrounding UNLV coach Bobby Hauck on Wednesday in the Cosmopolitan at the Mountain West’s media days was noticeably larger and lasted longer than in the past couple of years. Relevance gives more import to Hauck’s words, not to mention ...
Mountain West commissioner has more questions than answers about future
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Craig Thompson is entering his 16th season leading the Mountain West. He’s the only commissioner the league has ever had, and on Tuesday at the Cosmopolitan he briefly discussed that past before moving to the topic the assembled media was more interested in: the future.
The Rebels will be busy on local recruiting trail this week
Find out where and when to catch UNLV's main targets who are playing at one of the three big tournaments in town this week
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This time of year, scheduling is key. The only way for college coaches — or fans of those teams — to see all of the games and players they’re trying to catch is to plan their days out, because it’s easy to get stuck between places like Bishop Gorman High and the Cashman Center if you’re not careful.
Vegas Play of the Day: San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs
Tuesday, July 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 ...
UNLV football picked 4th in division; 3 Rebels make preseason team
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
UNLV was picked to finish fourth in its division while three Rebels were named to the preseason All-Mountain West team, it was announced today at the league’s annual media days at the Cosmopolitan. The teams and standings are selected by members of the media.
Bern’s-Eye View: Predicting the Mountain West’s best this football season
Monday, July 21, 2014
The biggest question facing UNLV football at this point last year was whether or not the Rebels would finally win more than two games. Compared to that, this year’s quandaries already feel like success ...
Bishop Gorman basketball star Jeter rising to new heights
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Chase Jeter's time is in demand these days. The 6-foot-11 16-year-old has rapidly risen in the recruiting rankings the past year, and has a big decision to make regarding his future ...
Former Rebel pitcher comes to terms with Washington Nationals near deadline
Friday, July 18, 2014
It went down to the wire but former UNLV pitcher Erick Fedde is officially a member of the Washington Nationals after agreeing to terms on deal just hours before today’s signing deadline.

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