Tuesday, April 5, 2011
UNLV names four head coaching finalists
By Diamond Leung
Naturally, the Wynn placed odds on who would become the next UNLV coach after Lon Kruger left for Oklahoma. Coaches from Bruce Pearl to Shaka Smart to Jerry Tarkanian were listed as possibilities, with Tark's return at 25,000 to 1.
The Wynn will now have to readjust those odds after UNLV named its four finalists, announcing that St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap, former Oregon coach Ernie Kent, BYU associate head coach Dave Rice and Timberwolves assistant Reggie Theus will continue on in the interview process.
"The list has been narrowed down to four outstanding candidates and I am looking forward to continuing the interview process," UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood said in a statement. "We were looking forward to naming our new head coach very soon."
Rice and Theus appear to be the top candidates. Rice played at UNLV, coached for 11 seasons as an assistant there, and has found success at BYU. Theus also played for the Rebels and has coached the Kings and at New Mexico State.
The Wynn had listed Theus as the favorite at 2-1 and Rice right behind him at 3-1. It also had Pearl at 10-1, Kent at 60 to 1, former Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel at 75-1, Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski at 100 to 1 and Dunlap at 125 to 1.