This article and some proceeding it seem to misrepresent a bit, the prevailing feeling among most fans. There is quite a bit of false equivalence as well.
Yes, there are haters. There are people that are never are going to be happy, or they are delusional in what type of coach UNLV can actually attract. UNLV has budget constraints. Most fans are aware of this, and even with the new facility it's still probably not viewed as a premier job. People saying they are ready for a change aren't the problem. They aren't why UNLV is struggling.
Previous articles suggested fans shut up about speculation. Why can't they be happy after a win. They have no idea what is going on. While true, nobody really knows, why go that route? Why insult the few people that actually care enough about the program to be mad. At least they are mad, which means they care, vs the total apathy that most of the city has for UNLV football.
In the midst of a second straight disappointing season, there isn't much to discuss.
Bowl hopes are gone.
The team did not meet the criteria laid out by the AD.
That's what created all the speculation.
Outside of a few trolls on twitter, most fans wanted to see Coach Sanchez succeed. For one, because he coached their team. Secondly because he did some fantastic work off the field and should be commended for it. Third because he has represented the city and university in a positive light.
Coaching names he mentioned, are names being discussed on message boards or on social media. They are speculative, and rarely do I see anyone say with any authority it will or won't be any particular coach. At most the sentiment is, this guy or that guy does or doesn't make sense, and then a list of reasons why.
Some of the names being thrown out there have prior connections to the AD. Guys like Mora and Kiffen. There were heavy rumors swirling about Mora this time last year. He is interested in coaching again.
Others, are names that popped up last time prior to Sanchez being hired. That would include names like Hoke and June Jones.
Others like Mcelwain have ties to the MWC and had success there. They may or may not be happy at their current stop.
Other names are ones that make financial sense, like Jay Hill. UNLV would be a promotion. It was mentioned that Hill might hold out for Utah job. Possible, but that would be different than the reporting in Utah that suggests Whittingham wants to coach a few more years, and Morgan Scalley the DC is being groomed for the job.
Others are up and coming assistants like Arroyo at Oregon or Gonzales at ASU. Again without anybody knowing what the AD is working with for budget, promoting an up and coming assistant seems logical. Doesn't mean she'll go that route. For all any of us know, a decision has been made or is already in the works.
There was an article written about other hires Desiree was involed in. She leaned towards younger coaches. It's not gospel. It doesn't mean she would go that route for football. But it's the only blueprint fans have for the direction she might go. Speculation. Nothing more.
The suggestion Tim Skipper should be considered doesn't make much sense in my mind.
Outside of the Vanderbilt and SDSU games, the defense has not played particulary well. In fact, it may finish with worse numbers than last year. If that side of the ball was playing significantly better than last year, then sure maybe you could pitch that as a reason to consider him. Outside of retaining 2020 recruits, I don't think there is a ton of evidence that he would be the right choice.
Not a knock on him. Maybe with another year and more guys to fit his scheme things would improve. Sometimes, for whatever reason things don't work out. Can UNLV afford to take that risk at this point? No coaching hire guarantees success. But promoting Coach Skipper is a big gamble. Another bad season and you alienate more fans. It would be viewed as more of the same. It would be viewed as settling vs going out and trying. At least with a new hire you buy a little time and instill a little hope..
It seems like a contradiction to suggest Jay Hill wouldn't excite the fan base. Then turn around and suggest promoting Tim Skipper. I'm not sure that would do anything to excite the fans. Sure, those that think Coach Sanchez desrves another year might get behind it, but that probably makes up maybe half the fan base if that..
Promoting Coach Skipper, would, in a round about way, be an indictment of Coach Sanchez. It would suggest Coach Skipper was doing a great job, and it was Coach Sanchez' fault things weren't working.
If we are going by message boards, the largest contingent of fans are those that think UNLV needs somebody with prior HC experience. Skipper is widely regarded as a fantastic recruiter and position coach. But his overall resume doesn't suggest he would be a better option than any other coordinator out there.
I don't care who mans the sidelines for my favorite teams. I want every coach to succeed. If they happen to be likeable or engaging or handle themselves with class it's a bonus. It's unfortunate Coach Sanchez wasn't able to get over the hump. He checks a lot of those boxes..
None of us know for sure. It's all speculative, it's trying to connect dots. Nobody wants to be at this point, wondering who the next coach might be. Quite frankly it sucks to be here again. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.buckeyextra.com/sports/20191112/fired-rutgers-coach-chris-ash-reflects-on-struggles-at-school-after-leaving-ohio-state%3ftemplate=ampart