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Steve Stallworth one of first nominees for UNLV athletic director

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Steve Stallworth

The UNLV athletic director search committee began getting down to business less than 24 hours after its first meeting.

On Wednesday, one of its first overtures was made to South Point Arena director Steve Stallworth, a former UNLV quarterback who backed up Randall Cunningham and has worked in the Rebels’ athletic department.

The committee of about a dozen – chaired by Gerry Bomotti, a UNLV vice president of finance and business – met for the first time late Tuesday afternoon in a room in the Student Union for about 90 minutes.

At least one person from the group nominated Stallworth, and Bomotti, sources said, rang him with the news Wednesday in a brief telephone conversation to begin his formal application process.

The group plans to form a pool of candidates to replace Mike Hamrick as the permanent AD by Nov. 30.

UNLV President Neal Smatresk wants to see that priority list Dec. 1, but Bomotti said Smatresk will be flexible and consider applicants for a few days after that date.

Longtime UNLV administrator Jerry Koloskie has been the interim AD since Hamrick left in July, and he and MAACO Las Vegas Bowl director Tina Kunzer-Murphy figure to be in the pool.

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  1. I could live with Stallworth. Maybe he would be willing to put in the work needed to build UNLV a new On-Campus Football Stadium. He is the only local candidate that I have a good feeling about. The other two candidates are horrible.

    Tina Kunzer-Murphy and Jerry Koloskie are definite "NO's" and they should not even be considered!

    We need an Athletic Director in place at UNLV as soon as possible. Mike Sanford has to be fired at the start of December and a major coaching search must begin IMMEDIATELY that 1st week in December. UNLV can't screw around right now. Two major hires have to be made in the next 30-45 days!

    Stallworth would be fine. Lets just get something done so we can focus on a new Football coach and winning some games!

  2. Steve Stallworth is perfect for The A.D. job and he can get The Community united and he can raise money for any project needed on Maryland Park Way

  3. I like the fact that Stallworth is a "football guy," and actually played for a once great UNLV team. A former QB with successful business experience, as well as his local and regional connections could work nicely.

  4. I am not totally against Stallworth but I would make him the last option if everything else falls through. This will not be an easy job for an AD becuase of football program and an experienced AD who understands what it takes to build a solid football program will still be challenged with UNLV. I think realistically UNLV should look first within the ranks of these conferences ACC, SEC, Big East, Big 12, Big 10, & Pac 10 for a current AD or an Asst. AD. I hope this is what they are doing right now. Perhaps a current Asst. AD from a good football university would be a very smart hire because they are probably already interested in a head job and would love this challenge of building UNLV into a legit program. I think Stallworth's lack of experience in this field might be another hurdle to high to get over for this program. Put him on your list but make him your final choice IMO.

  5. Nothing good will come from hiring homers. The new AD must have solid experience and a proven track record building a successful athletic program. Just because someone has ties to the university doesn't make them a good candidate. Think outside the box and look outside Las Vegas.

  6. i honestly think they should look into Larry Johnson..he seems like the guy who will make the gutsy moves the other guys wont (fire Sanford) and help to bring in top recruits for basketball and football. i may be wrong, but to me..he seems like a good choice. maybe he's not interested, i dont know?

  7. Stallworth seems to be the best candidate from the local talent pool. I agree with Bet that they should conduct a thorough search of the BCS ranks, looking at current AD's and Assistant AD's there first. Stallworth's a proven commodity in the private sector, but how that might translate at the collegiate level is anybody's guess. You certainly can't question Stallworth's devotion to UNLV, though. The man truly bleeds Scarlett and Gray like the rest of us.

  8. I agree, it's important to keep the national search open, obviously.

    To the search committee's credit, they seem to be moving as quick as possible on this thing. It's telling me the admin at UNLV fully understand the situation of the football program and is clearly taking action now. President Smatresk is organized and the ball is rolling.

  9. Hire Larry Kehres to coach the football team and fire the President - the university needs to be shaken up!

  10. read the article in today's RJ..former Oregon AD Bill Moos is interested in the unlv spot. he doubled oregon's budget in the 12 years he was there....so they should look into that..

  11. Former Oregon AD Bill Moos got forced out at Oregon

    He did raise money but Mr.Nike said go away

  12. Rev, didn't we just go over this? Come on dude, don't start repeating the same outlandish things like Sufferin' does.

  13. Uh, anyone and his dog can say they're interested in the gig ... this works the other way around.

  14. This guy's brother is Lynn Stallworth.

  15. Hire Larry Kehres

  16. Hire Marry Poppins

  17. To hear that Bill Moos would be interested in coming to UNLV is amazing. I remember when we gave John Robinson the keys to everything at UNLV. Moos would be the first big time AD UNLV has had since Rothermell.

    Dont blow this UNLV, go get someone who understands how to build a program, raise money and can make the decisions that are so necessary to move UNLV closer to the Utah's and BYU's in their own conference.