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UNLV adds 13th game to 2012 football schedule, will open with three straight home games


Sam Morris

UNLV football head coach Bobby Hauck watches his team during practice at Rebel Park on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.

The UNLV football team added a game to its 2012 schedule this week, booking a home contest Sept. 8 at Sam Boyd Stadium against Northern Arizona for a 13th game.

NCAA rules allowed the Rebels to schedule the extra game because they play next fall at Hawaii. It gives them seven home games, with UNLV playing its initial three games at home for the fourth time in school history.

Next season is coach Bobby Hauck’s third year at the helm of the program, with the slate of early season home games — they open Sept. 1 against Minnesota and play Sept. 15 against Washington State — surely to benefit a program still looking for its first road win under Hauck.

“After having just five home games last season, we were looking to schedule a seventh home date for 2012 and the close proximity of the two universities makes this a natural fit,” Director of Athletics Jim Livengood said in a statement. “NAU plays good football and this matchup will make a strong home schedule even better with another September game for our fans.”

The rest of the non-conference schedule includes road games Sept. 29 at Utah State and Oct. 6 at Louisiana Tech.

The Mountain West Conference will release its schedule in March, but UNLV knows which teams it will play at home and on the road. At home, they will host league newbie UNR, Air Force, Wyoming and New Mexico. On the road, they’ll play Boise State, Colorado State, Hawaii and San Diego State.

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  1. What we couldn't lose enough games as it was?

  2. NAU is a FCS school correct?

  3. Yes, it's an FCS school, and one of the better ones in the West. So if SUU stomped us....well, let's just say you should pack up your UNLV gear come next fall.

  4. Let's go rebels, because apparently I'm the only real supporter on these boards. Doesn't matter, UNLV for life!

  5. So are we not play Fresno State next season?

  6. its too bad UNLV cant play the girls in the Lingerie League. they'd probably draw more fans to the game and maybe even win!

  7. Go Lumberjacks!!! Axe the Rebels!!! Can;t wait for September!

  8. Hard to build a successful program. I have been here 11 years, and, have not been impressed with the performance of the football program. Is hard to get good recruits when you do not have a program that produces winning teams, and hard to build a winning team without recruits - quite the conundrum. And, until the economy heals here in Nevada I don't see it getting much better. But I will continue to support them, regardless of how painful it is.

  9. Yes, it is quite a "conundrum:" Good players don't want to go to a losing program, program continues to lose, etc., etc. BUT, players have to decide if they want to go to a successful program & ride the bench a couple years, or if they can go to a losing program & play immediately. So, players have a "conundrum," too.

  10. This isnt a shocker. Livengood has been hinting about dumbing down the schedule to possibly 'gulp' get wins instead of following the old model of being the sacrificial lamb for a BCS power and then running to the bank after. Its all about getting to six wins (bowl eligible) in the short term and getting enough support to build the stadium in the long term. Whether or not Hauck can produce the wins necessary to make this formula work remains to be seen....but atleast we know the Admin has a vision & is putting it in place. More power to them.

  11. Ah yes I see, since it's absolutely impossible for Hauck to actually replicate the 5-win 'success' of the previous coach who somehow managed to beat a few BCS programs along the way, we now must agree that dumbing down our level of competition is the next remedy of action to get wins under our belt. Or in other words, the easy way out for a coach with a failing plan, and no clue how to compete in D1.

    Sanford was widely viewed as a total joke and failure...and yet he won 10-games here over his last two years. Including as mentioned, actual BCS level competition like Utah, ISU, ASU.

    Then came hurricane bobby, losses to FCS opponents, 245lb OLs, and an obvious mission to schedule as many weak sisters as possible -- all in the hopes of getting the program to the same place it was when he took over. Just give him about 3 more years. I am just amazed at why Sanford was considered a total failure, contrasted to the love affair for Hauck who took a 5-win program and turned it into a middle of the road FCS program that would get blown out by the likes of Sam Houston and North Dakota State.

  12. It always sickens me when the administration refuses to see poor coaching for what it it..... poor coaching.

    If Livengood is so desperate to keep Hauck, why is he even scheduling any teams above community college standards.

    Now that the schedule has been extended and the Mtn West has been watered down; what's next, D-1 flag football??

    btw, JahReb, the reason for all the light guys was Hauck's use of incoming freshman at any cost. He threw the leaders under the bus.

  13. UNLV needs to follow the K-State model of the 90's and thats to recruit the hell out of the JUCO ranks and build your program that way. You have to take some risks on questionable character guys with loads of talent. Then once you establish a winner you can get some of the better recruits with character. Also Sanford was right that the facilities at UNLv suck and need replacing plus an on site stadium would pay serious dividends.

  14. C'mon, our schedule was horribly hard for the last few years.

    I mean, Wisconsin? We proved with the Hawaii and Colorado state games that we can hang, but also showed we need to work hard to get to a bowl. There's nothing wrong with building wins, attracting players, and EVENTUALLY going forward in terms of difficulty of schedule.

    This entire program needed a reboot like this, anyone who disagrees doesn't see the obvious benefits of this move.

  15. I completely support Hauck as our head coach. I hope he can find some success next season.

  16. These comments make me laugh...we've played Wisconsin for years and actually beat them. When we play them at home, the Wisconsin fans come out in droves and spend a ton of money in town gambling, drinking, and actually making the stadium somewhat full and raucous like a real college football game. And we don't want that?

    Hauck is terrible and we extended him for no reason. He can't recruit. He can't coach. Anyone could see that.