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Brian Polian expected to be next Nevada head coach

Texas A&M special teams coordinator Brian Polian is expected to be next Nevada head coach but a source told Saturday night that the deal is not done yet.

The 38-year-old Polian was a key part of the Aggies' big season this fall. Polian also played a huge role in the rise of the Stanford and Notre Dame programs. He is widely considered one of the nation's top recruiters and he landed Fighting Irish star Manti Te'o, among others.

Polian's father, Bill, was a longtime NFL executive with the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills, and his older brother Chris, served as the Colts GM from 2009-11. His younger brother Dennis also works in player personnel with the NFL.

Brian Polian would replace Hall of Famer Chris Ault, who stepped down as the Nevada head coach in late December. The 66-year-old coach, best known for developing the Pistol Offense, had a career record of 233-109-1 and has led the Pack to five consecutive winning seasons, including a 7-6 mark this year. Nevada lost four games by six points or fewer in 2012, including a 49-48 game against Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 15.

In 2010, Nevada went 13-1 and finished No. 11 in the nation. That was his sixth season with at least 10 wins. Under Ault, the Pack had one losing season in conference play since 1982.

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