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UNLV tabs BYU aide Rice to replace Kruger as coach

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Brigham Young associate head coach Dave Rice is expected to be announced as UNLV's next head coach in the next 24 hours, a source told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

Rice is a UNLV graduate who was part of Jerry Tarkanian's 1990 national championship team. The California native was an assistant at UNLV for 11 seasons under Tarkanian, Tim Grgurich, Bill Bayno and Charlie Spoonhour. He joined the staff at Utah State in 2004, then BYU in 2005.

Rice was one of four candidates to interview for the Las Vegas job. The others were former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, former Oregon coach Ernie Kent and current St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap. Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who's had success at both the collegiate and pro levels, expressed interest in the opening, according to SI.com. But a source told CBSSports.com he never was seriously considered.

"Dave is an outstanding teacher of the game and has always been part of successful programs both as a player and a coach," BYU coach Dave Rose once said of Rice. "Dave possesses a complete knowledge of the game and has done a terrific job coordinating our game plans and recruiting efforts. He is also a tireless worker and a great person."

Rice will replace Lon Kruger.

Kruger left to be Oklahoma's new coach.


Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and college basketball insider for the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts an award-winning radio show in Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two sons and two dogs.
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