Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:55 pm
BYU 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 Utah State staff in 2004, then the BYU staff in 2005.
Rice was one of four candidates to interview for the UNLV 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 expressed interest in the opening, according to SI.com. But a source told CBSSports.com he was never 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.
Posted on: April 9, 2011 9:54 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2011 10:00 pm
Larry Brown is interested in becoming UNLV's next coach and has even had conversations with UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood, SI.com reported Saturday. But the school has already announced the four finalists for the job are BYU assistant Dave Rice, former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, former Oregon coach Ernie Kent and St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap, meaning there's no indication Brown is being seriously considered.
"The list has been narrowed down to four outstanding candidates and I am looking forward to continuing the interview process," Livengood said in a statement. "We are looking forward to naming our new head coach very soon."
Rice and Theus, both of whom are former UNLV players, are considered the leading candidates.
UNLV is expected to hire one of them on Sunday or Monday.
Brown, 70, was fired by the Bobcats in December.
He hasn't coached college basketball since leading Kansas to the national title in 1988.
Posted on: September 15, 2008 11:24 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2008 11:26 pm
How did Lute Olson respond to news that he is being investigated for a possible NCAA violation?
By landing a huge commitment, of course.
Though the timing is probably a coincidence, Arizona's bad day turned good quickly when Scout.com's Evan Daniels reported Monday night that Abdul Gaddy has committed to the Wildcats. Gaddy is considered to be the second best point guard in the Class of 2009, ranked only behind John Wall. He chose the Wildcats over UCLA and immediately made Arizona fans rejoice despite earlier news that the school has reported an apparent violation by Olson.
According to the report, a letter featuring the electronic signature of Olson was sent to boosters asking for a donation to Jim Storey's Arizona Cactus Classic basketball tournament, held last May at Arizona's McKale Center. NCAA rules prohibit institutional representatives or boosters from arranging financial assistance for potential recruits. And though Olson denied any knowledge of the letter, Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood told the Pac-10 office that "others inside and outside of the department stated that they thought that (Olson) had requested that the letter be sent."
In other words, Livengood isn't buying Olson's story. So the investigation will continue. But in the meantime Arizona fans can celebrate because the commitment of a big recruit followed the news of a possible recruiting violation, and the former tends to trump the latter ... or at least make fans not care quite so much.
Posted on: May 7, 2008 12:01 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2008 12:03 pm
I've got a column going up later today about the wackiness at Arizona and the difficult task facing AD Jim Livengood.
I spoke with Livengood for about 30 minutes yesterday.
He was candid and addressed everything.
But one interesting tidbit I didn't get to in the column (but thought I'd share with you here) is the seemingly imminent departure of assistant Josh Pastner. To be clear, Livengood said he still wasn't sure whether Pastner will accept an offer to join John Calipari's staff at Memphis. But it's worth noting Livengood didn't sound like a man who expects Pastner to return.
Should Pastner return?
Actually, Livengood said he isn't sure staying at Arizona is best for Pastner.
He explained why in great detail.
"I have personal experience with this," Livengood said. "When I first got to Washington State ... I had no idea that I wanted to be an AD. But after I had been there two or three years I thought, 'You know, I want to be an AD.' And I was not going to be an AD by staying at Washington State. I needed to go somewhere. And the people that counseled me and counseled me very well would've loved to have had me stay at Washington State, but they would not have been helping me. They would not have been serving me. They would've been serving themselves. So I went to Southern Illinois and was there for 22 months and came back as the AD at Washington State.
"Now I don't want you to misread that," Livengood added, "but Josh's entire career as a walk-on student-athlete from Houston, Texas has all been with Arizona. ... So I would love to have him stay. But I'm also interested in what is in the best interest of Josh. His ultimate goal is very simple: He wants to be a Division I head coach as soon as he possible can be. .. We've talked about it a ton every day. He knows how badly I want him to stay. But at the same time, I tell him every day, 'Josh, this needs to be about you. This needs to be about what's in your best interests' because one of the things I can help him with is if he's trying to become more attractive as a future Division I head coach. That part doesn't have anything to do with Arizona or Lute (Olson). It has everything to do with somebody looking at him and saying, 'OK, what kind of background does he bring to the table?' and that's hard for me to say because what a lot of people would like me to say -- and what a lot of people are critical of me for not saying -- is that he's so loyal and he is Arizona basketball and he's done an incredible job recruiting and he's extrememly popular in Tucson and we need to keep him and never let him go. Well, I don't disagree with that. But at the same time, that's probably very selfish, as well."
Translation: Expect Pastner to land at Memphis in the spirit of broadening his resume and becoming familar with C-USA.
Then expect him to become a bigtime candidate for a C-USA school in Texas in the coming years.
At Houston, perhaps