By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The UNLV Rebels men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies has been fired. He spent three seasons as the Rebels head coach.
The 57-year-old Los Angeles, California native went 48-48 after taking over the team. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Menzies is owed $800,000 in a buyout.
“I want to thank Coach Menzies for calming the waters and building a strong foundation for our men’s basketball program over the past three years,” Reed-Francois said. “A change of this significance impacts many good people. It was not taken lightly. Ultimately, after a thoughtful and methodical review, I felt a new direction was necessary for the long term, best interests of the program and our athletics department. We wish Coach Menzies and his family all the best as their journey continues.”
When he was hired, he was the first full-time African-American head coach in team history. He was named head coach after Chris Beard accepted the job, then changing his mind to become the Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach.
This will be Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois’ first basketball hire. She became to the school two years ago.
Fogler Consulting will assist her in the hiring of a new coach. Former basketball coach Eddie Fogler leads Fogler Consulting.
This past season, the Rebels went 17-14. They were eliminated in the Mountain West Championship Quarterfinal by the San Diego State Aztecs, 63-55, on Thursday, March 14.
The team went 10-7 at home this season. They also went 6-5 away from home and 1-2 at neutral site games.
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