UNLV head coach terminated

Dec 042009
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

Effective Dec. 5, UNLV head football coach Mike Sanford will be out of a job.

Sanford, who has spent the past five years at the helm of the Runnin’ Rebel program, has accumulated a 15-43 overall record during his tenure. UNLV’s loss to Air Force on Saturday knocked the Rebels out of bowl contention.

“Interim Athletic Director Jerry Koloskie and I announce the decision regarding Mike Sanford’s employment regretfully and with the utmost respect for the time and effort he has devoted to the football team,” said UNLV President Neal Smatresk in a statement released late Sunday night. “We agree this action is needed at this time.”

When Sanford was hired at UNLV on Dec. 6, 2004, he came to Las Vegas from the University of Utah, where he was a part of current Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s staff. As offensive coordinator, Sanford helped lead the Utes to an 11-0 record before leaving prior to their Fiesta Bowl victory over Pittsburg.

In Sanford’s four full seasons with the Rebels, his team only had one season where they won more than two games (five in 2008). He will coach UNLV’s final game of the season on Nov. 28 against San Diego State.

It has been eight seasons since UNLV has had a winning season.

Sports Editor Matt L. Stephens can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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