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UNLV AD: Football program to be addressed from ‘top to bottom’ after season


Christopher DeVargas

UNLV Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois visits with Las Vegas Sun editorial staff to discuss her new role on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

After the Rebels’ 50-37 loss at San Jose State on Saturday, UNLV director of athletics Desiree Reed-Francois stood outside the visiting locker room and said the entirety of the football program — including the status of head coach Tony Sanchez — would be “addressed” at the end of the season.

UNLV’s fourth consecutive loss (by a combined 86 points) dropped the team to 2-6 on the season and 0-4 in Mountain West play. Reed-Francois traveled with the Rebels to San Jose State and watched in person as the previously winless Spartans dominated UNLV.

“It’s a disappointing loss,” Reed-Francois said. “We have four games left. We’ll review everything top to bottom after those four games. Right now my job is to support this football program and that’s what we’re going to do. These young men deserve that.”

Reed-Francois took over as UNLV’s AD in June of 2017, months after Sanchez was given a contract extension that runs through the 2021 season by previous AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy.

Sanchez is in his fourth season as head coach and currently has a 14-30 record, including a 9-19 mark in the Mountain West.

Sanchez has three years remaining on his contract at $600,000 per year.

Reed-Francois said she will meet with Sanchez at the conclusion of the season to discuss the future of the program.

“Just like I do with every single head coach at the end of their season, we get together and we review holistically and we address what needs to be addressed.”

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