David Rice, head coach of menís basketball at the University of Las Vegas, will earn $100,000 a year more or a total base salary of $600,000...
...Smatresk and UNLV Athletic Director Jim Livengood warned the regents that without the pay raise, the university could lose Rice to a more competitive market
He can pay a whole other player with that money!
Obviously,I'm just kidding.
Huh??? After the flameout in the 2nd half of the season and the no-show in their NCAA game, the AD is really afraid that Rice is a hot commodity? Jeez, at least let the guy win 1 NCAA post season game before playing that card. If I'm a Regent I say "Tell me again why you want me to approve a pay raise, but this time with a straight face".
It doesn't matter how and who he recruits...I would imagine that winning is more important. Rice was severely out coached the 2nd half of last season.
Winning matters but the players do to. He's got the second part down now we will see if he can do the first.
Based on that logic (recruiting prowess), Locksley should be the highest paid fb coach in the country. I would wait for that recruiting to translate into on court results before declaring him a hot commodity. The proof in the pudding is merely 1 - 2 years away. It won't take long.
I would have waited to give Rice more money after a season or two.
1. $100,000 isn't enough money to prevent an upper tier school from snagging him out of Vegas.
2. After conference teams played UNLV once, they were able to adjust and have more success the second time.
3. Rice (in my opinion) wasn't too impressive in big games where his team really needed to step it up in the 2nd half.
4. He's gotten some multi star recruits but hasn't done anything with them yet. Seems premature to me.
No, I don't buy your argument, Roob.
Last edited by ricoLobo; 09-22-2012 at 04:32 PM.
2. Fatigue, injury's also had a factor in stuff. I believe UNLV's achille's heel last year wasn't as much the 2nd go with teams as it was able to maintain composure in hostile enviroments. The team was a home team killer and mid level team on the road. That is part attidue and coaching though but to be fair those weren't rice's players. I don't think you can judge any coach with other coaches recruit.
3. Outside of the NCAA game and the game in the Pit I would say Rice won't his fair share of big games in the league and out of conference but it's to early to tell at this point. This would be akin to Lobo fans making a judgement on Alford or whoever after their first year coaching alot can change in just one year.
4. See above.
I think everyone to be fair needs to give him a few years to see what he can do, he could be the best coach in the world or the worst coach no one can tell. But you can't judge a coach on 1 year's of work.
ē"The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy." --Jerry Tarkanian
As far as the rest I blame the mix of the system and players.
Everyone he has brought in is perfect for the running game style.
He landed the BEST class in MWC history. His first season. I guess you have to be a UNLV fan to understand why we felt like we were missing just a couple pieces of the puzzle to finish a lot better. Well, I think we've found them and so does our athletic department.
Since it's obvious that UNLV isn't putting any money into their football program, there's plenty there to give Rice a raise.
It is a nice kiss on cheek by Admin. Does't move the meter much. As the Reb faithful have said, it's a recruiting bonus. If he doesn't produce a MWC championship in the next 2 years, the feckless Reb fans will be wanting a rebate.
Your last paragraph - we're in violent agreement. He can't be judged on year 1 - and that was my point. He may turn out to be coach of the year but we won't know for another 2 years. In 2 years, with the recruiting that he is doing, he should be highly successful on the court. Then he will deserve a $500K- $1M raise. If not successful with this kind of talent, then he will probably need to pursue a career in broadcasting.
Like I said, Rice's raise means nothing more than a thank you so far. He's put the hype back in Vegas, the "Runnin" back in front of the Rebels. Getting the fans and players to buy into being a team and not one or two superstars. All of that and topped it off by getting several top high school recruits to come here and play.
You'll see the difference we already see by the end of November. There is a reason these players are so highly thought of around the nation.
Recruitment rankings mean nothing unless you are talking about the top 5-10 players.
But I get off topic even within the OT comment. I would like to see the comparisons of the football budgets within the MWC. Doesn't UNLV have the biggest overall budget in the MWC though?
(BTW: Nice win over Air Force. The MWC looks wide open this year.)
Last edited by FONZ; 09-23-2012 at 02:13 AM.
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