Published Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 | 10 a.m.
Updated Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 | 11:23 a.m.
A source has confirmed to the Sun that 45-year-old Bobby Hauck, who coached seven seasons at Montana, will soon be introduced as UNLV's new head football coach.
Hauck, who left Las Vegas following his Sunday interview, came back to town today for a second interview on Tuesday, which also allowed time to iron out some final details. The other finalist for the job was former Texas A&M/Alabama/TCU/New Mexico head coach Dennis Franchione, who after interviewing with new UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood, flew back to his Texas home early Tuesday morning.
A press conference will be held at noon Wednesday to introduce Hauck, who has agreed to a 3-year contract which will pay him $350,000 annually. The deal is also laced with incentives, including a $25,000 bonus for earning a berth in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, $5,000 for a seven-win season, $7,500 for eight wins and $10,000 for nine wins.
Livengood said upon his arrival on campus last week that he'd like to have a new coach in place by Christmas
“I was very happy with the process and how long it took,” Livengood said, adding he'd go more into detail on the hire at Wednesday's press conference.. “I was happy with the interest from all the candidates.”
Hauck is 80-17 in seven seasons in Missoula, Mont. Most recently, his team fell to Villanova, 23-21, in the Football Championship Series title game Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn. It was the Grizzlies' third championship appearance under Hauck. He previously worked as an assistant and recruiting coordinator under Rick Neuheisel — now the head coach at UCLA — at both Colorado and Washington.