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 8, 2008 3:50 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2008 1:42 am
You would think John Calipari might be hesitant to share his offensive philosophy.
But he's not.
Because it's helping in recruiting.
"We're involved with a kid in the West because his high school coach runs this offense," Calipari said. "The kid can absolutely play and everybody thinks he's going to (a Pac-10 school), but all of a sudden the kid is saying he wants to come here and it's all based on the offense. And there's a kid in the East who is the same way. His high school coach has adopted it and we're involved because the kid wants to run it in college. So I have no problem sharing because at the end of the day it'll come back to help us because kids want to play this way."
Though it has its critics, there is no denying Calipari's version of Vance Walberg's AASAA offense has helped turn Memphis into one of the elite programs in America. The Tigers have compiled a 104-10 record since adopting the high-octane attack. They made the Elite Eight in 2006 and 2007 before playing for the national title last season, and along the way they've developed a massive following among high school coaches interested in running what Calipari dubbed the dribble-drive motion.
That's why Calipari has scheduled the Second Annual Mid-South Coaches Clinic for Sept. 19-20 at the Grand Casino Tunica, a resort just south of Memphis that was recently renamed Harrah's Tunica. Prices for the two-day event range from $150 to $325, and other coaches expected to instruct besides Calipari and Walberg (now an assistant at UMass) are Tom Crean (Indiana), Larry Brown (Charlotte Bobcats), Trent Johnson (LSU), Dave Odom (retired from South Carolina) and former NBA coaches John Lucas and Mike Fratello.
More than 400 people attended last year's event.
"There will probably be five to six hours with the other coaches and then at least eight hours will be on the dribble-drive motion," Calipari said. "It's going to be really good."
For more information visit CoachCalipari.com.
To register visit CalipariDribbleDrive.com.
Posted on: April 24, 2008 7:23 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2008 3:20 pm