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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’s offseason kicks into gear after Vaughn’s departure
The first part of the offseason for programs with future pros is the current stretch as underclassmen decide their futures
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Three years ago Mike Moser decided to stay. Two years ago Anthony Bennett decided to leave. Last year it was Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith declaring themselves eligible for the NBA Draft while leaving some college eligibility, in their case one season each, on the table ...
Freshman Vaughn announces he’s leaving UNLV to enter NBA Draft
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Saying he’s “following his heart,” UNLV freshman Rashad Vaughn announced this morning in a Youtube video that he’s leaving early to declare for the NBA Draft.
UNLV heading to Wichita State in renewed Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Rebels are heading back to the site of Dave Rice’s first career loss, and they have the Mountain West to thank for it.
Rice says he’s more excited than ever about future despite difficult season
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The end of the college basketball season is all about meetings. Meetings with players both staying and leaving, meetings with the coaching staff and meetings with the administration. Usually the latter is a formality, either congratulatory from the athletic director or explanation for how it will get better ...
Findlay Prep off to New York in search of first national title since 2012
The Pilots (28-2) are the No. 6 seed in the Dick's High School Nationals. Their first game airs Thursday at 9 a.m. Las Vegas time on ESPNU
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Amid all the changes at the top, Findlay Prep has kept on winning. Just how successful the Pilots have been with their fourth different coach in four seasons, though, depends on your perspective.
Walker will transfer while UNLV awaits official decisions from Vaughn, Wood
Monday, March 30, 2015
While awaiting official decisions from freshman Rashad Vaughn and sophomore Christian Wood, who are both considering leaving for the NBA Draft ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Louisiana Monroe at Loyola-Chicago
Monday, March 30, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Vaughn, father deny UNLV freshman has decided to enter NBA Draft
Friday, March 27, 2015
UNLV freshman Rashad Vaughn and his father are refuting a report this morning that Vaughn has decided to enter the NBA Draft ...
New faces competing for needed improvement on UNLV’s offensive line
Friday, March 27, 2015
Last season the Rebels returned the vast majority of their starts from the previous year on the offensive line. Keeping that group together seemed like it would make the line a strength, though obviously things didn’t play out that way.
Vegas Play of the Day: Arizona vs. Xavier
Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 target Zimmerman still weighing options on college decision
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The answer really wasn’t an answer, at least in the definitive form most would prefer, but that’s been a consistent part of Bishop Gorman High’s Stephen Zimmerman’s recruitment. Zimmerman is taking his time deciding where to commit, and a week ahead of the McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago he said there’s no real update on the timetable.
Vegas Play of the Day: Vanderbilt at Stanford
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Answers for 20 questions about UNLV basketball
Sunday, March 22, 2015
With the UNLV basketball team done for the season, questions still remain about the future of coach Dave Rice's career and what it would take for a successful fifth season ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Wofford vs. Arkansas
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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: Dayton vs. Boise State
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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’s Decker seeking to prove himself with fresh start under Sanchez
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Senior quarterback Blake Decker said there were a lot of positives that came out of the 2014 season, though he knows the Rebels’ record wasn’t one of them.
Dave Rice to stay on as UNLV basketball coach
A year after signing an extension, Rice is getting at least another year to develop his players and get back to the postseason
Monday, March 16, 2015
After a few days of swirling rumors and speculation regarding his job status, Dave Rice will have at least one more season to get UNLV basketball back on track. Rice met with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: New Hampshire at NJIT
Monday, March 16, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Sanchez eager to get into actual coaching part of being UNLV’s new coach
Bishop Gorman grad Marc Philippi sees a lot of similarities in his coach over the transition, including Philippi’s recent position change
Monday, March 16, 2015
The identity of UNLV’s next football coach wasn’t exactly a well-kept secret, so long before Tony Sanchez was introduced and the excitement started to build, players interested in learning about the new guy didn’t have to go outside their locker room to find someone with a little knowledge.
Mountain West gets 3 teams in, CSU makes history as NCAA Tournament outcast
Sunday, March 15, 2015
The hosts of CBS’ NCAA Tournament Selection Show get versions of the 68-team bracket in the hour leading up to the broadcast, so they have a look at the entire bracket before revealing it region by region. That knowledge might have led to a slip-up that took some of the air out of the Mountain West’s hopes to get four teams into the tournament early in the show ...
Former UNLV coach Grgurich calls on city and university to support Rice
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Four years ago, former Rebels assistant and head coach Tim Grgurich threw his support behind Dave Rice to become UNLV’s 11th full-time coach. Now with rumors swirling about Rice’s job security following a seventh-place finish in the Mountain West, Grgurich is ...
Wyoming wins trip to NCAA Tournament in thrilling fashion vs. San Diego State
The Cowboys hold on 45-43, the lowest-scoring title game in Mountain West history, and give league shot at four NCAA tourney bids
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Wyoming senior Charles Hankerson Jr. fought back tears during a postgame radio interview. His best friend, 53 percent free-throw shooter Derek Cooke Jr., just sank two shots at the line for the deciding points in a perfectly ugly 45-43 Mountain West championship victory against San Diego State, and all around him Cowboys fans were jumping and dancing on the court ...
Season over for Rebels as UNLV passes on CBI tourney
Tina Kunzer-Murphy cites arena availability, Rebels' injury status as reasons to pass on postseason while addressing coach Dave Rice's job status
Friday, March 13, 2015
UNLV’s 2014-15 men’s basketball season is over, Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said this afternoon. The program will not participate in the College Basketball Invitational. The Rebels ...
The end again unkind to Rebels, who fall to SDSU in Mountain West tourney
UNLV (18-15) is knocked out after a 67-64 loss to the Aztecs but the Rebels are considering continuing their season in the CBI tournament
Thursday, March 12, 2015
This ending was painfully familiar, the reasons for UNLV losing its 15th game of the season ticking off so many of the same mistakes that led to the 14 previous. The key difference was this one was ...
Blog: UNLV’s tournament ends in quarterfinal loss to San Diego State
Boise State and Wyoming will meet in the first game of Friday’s semifinals. Tonight’s final game is Colorado State vs. Fresno State
Thursday, March 12, 2015
With UNLV needing a rebound to potentially save its season the Rebels came up empty not once but twice. San Diego State's offensive rebounds and putback in the final 30 seconds put the margin at five and the Aztecs iced the game away at the free-throw line. The Rebels' season is done at 18-15 pending a decision to play in the CIT or CBI tournaments.
Rebels turn attention from UNR win to quarterfinals against San Diego State
UNLV wins 67-46, advances to play No. 2 seed San Diego State on Thursday at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Dave Rice’s eyes widened as he heard the potential bulletin board — or message board, as it were — material coming from his players. After knocking UNR out of the Mountain West tournament 67-46, Christian Wood and Jordan Cornish were asked if ...
Blog: Rebels advance to Mountain West quarterfinals with 67-46 win against UNR
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Christian Wood scored 28 points with seven rebounds to lead UNLV into Thursday's quarterfinals with a 67-46 victory this afternoon against UNR at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV, the No. 7 seed, will meet No. 2 seed San Diego State at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Rebels trying to focus on one game at a time entering MW tourney as 7 seed
UNLV (17-14, 8-10) expects to get freshman Pat McCaw back for Wednesday's game against UNR at 2:30 in the Thomas & Mack Center
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
No team in the Mountain West has ever won four games in four days at the league tournament, and in its quest to become the first, UNLV has to start with one win against a team that already has a win in ...
Mountain West puts Wood on second team while injured Vaughn captures award
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
UNLV has the Mountain West's Freshman of the Year for the second time in three years, sophomore Christian Wood, the only player to average a double-double in league play, was named to the second team and freshman Goodluck Okonoboh was put on the All-Defensive team, the Mountain West announced today.
Vegas Play of the Day: BYU vs. Portland
Monday, March 9, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Boise State should sweep the major Mountain West awards
Sunday, March 8, 2015
This was probably the easiest postseason ballot to put together in my four years covering UNLV and the Mountain West ...
Kendrick has career night in Rebels’ 13-point victory at San Jose State
UNLV (17-14, 8-10) finishes regular season seventh in the Mountain West, opens tournament Wednesday afternoon vs. UNR
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Jelan Kendrick’s last shot meant more to people wagering on the game than it did to teammates, but everything before that was exactly what UNLV needed. In the final regular season game of his career, Kendrick scored a career-high 21 points on ...
Blog: Four Rebels score in double figures in 71-58 victory at San Jose State
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Jelan Kendrick scored a career-high 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists and no turnovers to lead UNLV to a 71-58 victory against San Jose State tonight at The Events Center. UNLV wraps up the regular season in seventh place in the Mountain West at 17-14 overall and 8-10 in league play.
Take 5: UNLV is San Jose State’s last chance for league win this season
Friday, March 6, 2015
UNLV has enough of its own problems that it shouldn’t be at risk of looking past Saturday’s regular-season finale, but if there’s a team to overlook it’s obviously this weekend’s opponent, San Jose State.
Pair of local players named to Jordan Brand Classic game in Chicago
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Bishop Gorman High’s Stephen Zimmerman and Findlay Prep’s Allonzo Trier will have another all-star game on their resumes.
Vegas Play of the Day: Bradley vs. Drake
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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 down to six scholarship players as McCaw sidelined with concussion
Freshman will be evaluated daily but ruled out of at least Saturday's regular-season finale at San Jose State
Thursday, March 5, 2015
When freshman Rashad Vaughn went down with a knee injury, one of the main guys to fill in his scoring role was fellow freshman Pat McCaw. Now UNLV will be without both of them heading into Saturday’s regular season finale at San Jose State.
Familiar pain as Rebels down another man in yet another close loss vs. SDSU
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Rebels gave themselves a chance, and after emerging star Pat McCaw went down early in the second half that’s more than some would have given them. But San Diego State isn’t going to apologize for beating the Rebels short-handed. The Aztecs won’t feel bad about escaping the Thomas & Mack Center with ...
Blog: O’Brien leads SDSU as UNLV falls 60-58 in regular season home finale
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
San Diego State's JJ O'Brien drove past UNLV's bigs for his final basket and his career-high 22nd points that turned out to be the biggest shot in San Diego State holding on for a 60-58 victory against UNLV tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels drop to 16-14 overall and 7-10 in Mountain West play.
Bern’s-Eye View: Forecasting Mountain West Basketball Week 17
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Here we are, the final week of regular season games in the 2014-15 college basketball season. As usual it feels like it flew by and yet I would never want to go back because the end of the regular season means the start of the best time of year for this sport.
Rebels’ seniors trying to get on roll and keep careers going as long as possible
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
A few months before playing his first game at UNLV, Jelan Kendrick said anything less than a national championship was unacceptable. While that’s still technically possible the better odds suggest Kendrick will finish his career without ever playing in the NCAA Tournament.
Vegas Play of the Day: Auburn at Missouri
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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 will open 2015 Mountain West slate with Battle for the Fremont Cannon
Monday, March 2, 2015
Tony Sanchez’s first Mountain West game as UNLV’s football coach will also be his first Battle for the Fremont Cannon.
McCaw finds his happy place while leading UNLV to win against Wyoming
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Some guys play better when they’re angry. Take trash-talking freshmen Goodluck Okonoboh and Dwayne Morgan, for instance ...
Blog: McCaw leads Rebels, who close well in 69-57 win against Wyoming
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Pat McCaw's banked-in 3-pointer capped a 10-0 run that helped UNLV run away for good with a 69-57 victory tonight against Wyoming at the Thomas & Mack Center ...
Rice not ruling out lesser postseason tournaments for UNLV this season
The Rebels play their second-to-last home game Saturday at 5 p.m. against Wyoming, which has Larry Nance back
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Dave Rice is in a new position this year, because at the end of February all three of his previous teams had something more to play for. The first two earned at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament, and ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Forecasting Mountain West Basketball Week 16
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
We’ve got a week and a half left in the regular season and there are two races worth watching. The first, of course, is at the top, where San Diego State and Boise State will battle Saturday evening in what could be the de facto conference championship game.
Rebels will travel to USC in 2019 football season
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
The Rebels’ 2019 football season is going to start with an historic trip, the program announced today. UNLV will play USC at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 31, 2019, just the second time the teams have met on the gridiron.
Rebels are dominated after halftime in 18-point loss at Utah State
UNLV's transition defense and hurried offense not enough as Aggies pull away for 83-65 victory at the Spectrum
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
The ending was different because for the first time this season a Mountain West game really got away from UNLV, but the event that triggered it was so familiar you could practically recite it ...
Blog: Rebels fall apart after halftime as Utah State runs away for 83-65 win
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
The Aggies were the better team to start the second half and it never really changed as Utah State turned a three-point halftime deficit into a 83-65 victory against UNLV tonight at the Spectrum.

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