Report: Dave Rice out at UNLV

BY foxsports • January 10, 2016

Three consecutive losses to begin conference play was the final straw for UNLV.

According to multiple reports on Sunday night, head coach Dave Rice has been fired. Rob Dauster of NBC's College Basketball Talk reported that assistant coach Todd Simon has been named interim head coach.

The Runnin' Rebels are currently 9-7 on the season, 0-3 in Mountain West play. They had lost six of their last seven; the latest loss coming on Saturday, a 59-57 defeat at the hands of Wyoming.

Rice has been able to compile the talent over the years. In 2014, he brought in two five-star recruits in Dwayne Morgan and Rashad Vaughn, a first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The lowest-rated recruit that year, Patrick McCaw, is currently the team's leading scorer. The latest freshman class included another five-star recruit: Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-foot center from Las Vegas.

However, he wasn't able to tap into that talent, missing the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. Rice, who was in his fifth season with UNLV, held a 98-54 record.

Simon, who is in his third season at UNLV, will reportedly take over the program. He is the former head coach of Findlay Prep, a high school powerhouse located in nearby Henderson, Nevada. The school was founded by UNLV booster Cliff Findlay.

UNLV returns to action on Tuesday night against New Mexico.


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