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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sources: Hauck to replace Sanford

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Montana coach Bobby Hauck will be named UNLV's new head coach at a news conference Wednesday, two people briefed on the decision told ESPN's Joe Schad on Tuesday.

Hauck replaces Mike Sanford, who was fired in November after going 16-43 and failing to make a bowl game in five seasons with the Rebels. The Rebels were 5-7 in 2009 and lost by 20 points or more five times, including a 41-0 loss at TCU and an embarrassing 63-28 loss at Nevada.

Sanford was introduced Tuesday as the offensive coordinator at Louisville.

Hauck went 80-17 in seven seasons with the Grizzles and led the team to three Football Championship Subdivision national title games, including last week's 23-21 loss to Villanova.

The 45-year-old Montana native began his college career as a volunteer assistant for the Grizzlies in 1988, after assisting a high school team in 1987.

He became Montana's youngest coach in December 2002 at age 38.

Montana officials declined to comment.

Former TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione was the other finalist for the position.

UNLV took a while to fill its coaching vacancy because it was in the process of hiring a new athletic director.

Jim Livengood, formerly the AD at Arizona, was hired as UNLV's athletic director last week and said his top priority was finding a new football coach.

UNLV had been without a permanent athletic director since July, when Mike Hamrick left for Marshall University.

UNLV has not had a winning season since 2000, when it went 8-5 and beat Arkansas 31-14 in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Rebels have made three bowl games since the program began in 1968 and have never won a Mountain West Conference title.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.