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RebelFanJake91
Yeah true but recruiting secondary should be a focus for Sanchez and his staff if that's the case i know he doesn't have a crystal ball but you do have to as a coach focus on week spots and it seems like under Sanchez we have been virtually very week at the oline and secondary 
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COLORADO REBEL FAN


I suspect that opponents are purposely running extra on routes and substituting WRs to wear down our defensive secondary due to lack of depth.  Before CSU Sanchez mentioned that we were only suiting up 3 scholarship CBs and 3 scholarship safeties.  Between those positions we have about 8 guys out for the season due to injury or academics.

How common is it for a coach on an unsuccessful staff selected to replace the unsuccessful head coach?  After Dave Rice was fired, there was a lot of chatter about hiring Simon, Augmon, or Miller to be the next head coach.  When an AD is under pressure to make significant changes, is promoting from within a real option?  Sure there are exceptions, like Ed Orgeron at LSU, but he was interim coach from September to the end of the season to audition, and he was replacing a coach that went to bowl games all 11 years he coached there. 



Who are the eight players missing due to academics and injuries??????????????
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BleedRebelRed
RebelMW wrote:


Had there been an in season dismissal and the team rallied with Skipper at the helm, sure, I get it..

But I can't see it as a viable alternative..

It would be a very unpopular decision with most fans. 

Honestly, how do you sell it to the exsisting fan base? 

Maybe if their had been big strides on that side of the ball, you could point to that. 

It would do absolutely nothing to lure news fans, which UNLV desperately needs.


Exactly.  UNLV is at a crossroads where they need to start selling at least double the amount of game tickets.

Year 1 in the new stadium with the one year of "same" prices.... that's the big opportunity to start growing the fan base.  Most of the sports fans I know in Las Vegas, including former UNLV game regulars, can't even name a single current player for the Rebels, so how much is promoting a coordinator that they've never heard of going to draw them in?
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RebelMW


Exactly.  UNLV is at a crossroads where they need to start selling at least double the amount of game tickets.

Year 1 in the new stadium with the one year of "same" prices.... that's the big opportunity to start growing the fan base.  Most of the sports fans I know in Las Vegas, including former UNLV game regulars, can't even name a single current player for the Rebels, so how much is promoting a coordinator that they've never heard of going to draw them in?


It wouldn't...
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RebelFanJake91
I wonder if we loose to Hawaii if Sanchez is let go or if our Ad waits till the end of the year 
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VegasNupe1911
It looks like Arrigo did a periscope last night talking about the article. I found it kind of interesting. I wish I would have been on there live to ask a few questions. 

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That was a good video. Can’t go thru life worrying about what people say or think.
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RebelFanJake91
The video wouldn't load for me
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Who are the eight players missing due to academics and injuries??????????????


I can't name all of them, but the six I was expecting to be contributors this season were:
  • DB Alex Perry - ASU transfer and one of the highest ranked recruits currently on UNLV's roster - hurt his shoulder in camp and is missing the entire season.
  • DB Drew Tejchman - former WR - knee injury in September and missing the rest of the season.
  • S Phillip Hill - not sure if he is back on the field yet
  • S Luca Vartic - left the team before summer training camp
  • S Gamon Howard (JUCO transfer) - academics
  • CB Jeremiah Houston (JUCO transfer) - academics. In August it was reported that he had the credits and grades but still needed one required class.
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RebelFanJake91
Techman should be back next year same with hill idk about perry
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RebelMW
It looks like Arrigo did a periscope last night talking about the article. I found it kind of interesting. I wish I would have been on there live to ask a few questions. 

https://t.co/gTgefXepHx


I'm not sure UNLV can consider Tim Skipper.

I don't want this twisted as me saying the man cannot coach. 

There are however, more reasons this would be a very risky gamble, and a PR nightmare for the AD, than there are reason this makes any sense.

1) PR Nightmare...
There is absolutely no way the AD could sell this hire to the current fan base. Promoting a coach from a staff that is overseering a team that may only win two games this year, would be extremely unpopular. 

2) PR Nightmare Part 2...
UNLV desperately needs to attract new fans. They cannot rely only on the stadium. The new car smell wears off quick if the product on the field doesn't improve. The only two ways to increase interest in the program, would be for better results or sadly making a coaching change. Promoting Tim Skipper to the head coaching position would not in any way shape or form excite or even create any curiosity from the general public. An outside hire, who ever it might be, could at least create some curiosity ticket sales. (Let's see what the new guy can do). Promoting Skipper would be viewed as a continuation of what we are seeing now. 

3) PR Nightmare 3. Skipper would have to have immediate results. A new coach would be afforded a season maybe 2, to show improvement before the vultures started to circle. Another sub .500 season with Skipper at the helm would be viewed as just more of the same. And there would be immediate backlash from fans. UNLV has just over 5k season ticket holders. It cannot afford to alienate any of the few fans it has now. We saw it with coach Menzies in basketball. Season ticket sales and attendance dropped. 

4) Production. Again, so this isn't twisted. I am not saying Tim Skipper cannot coach. However he was brought in to fix the defense. Last year was statistically one of the worst for UNLV in over a decade. This season the defense has made very few strides. There have been flashes. But across the board the production in sacks, forced turnovers and points allowed is stagnant. Sacks and forced turnovers are actually trailing last years pace. Points allowed is still over 30 per game. You won't win a lot of games giving up over 30. So that would beg the question what has he done to deserve the job? There really isn't anything you can point to on defense and say look how much better we are..

There have been injuries. But the struggles on defense started week 2 against Arkansas State, before the real attrition started to kick in. 

I'm not laying all the blame at his feet, but there is obviously a disconnect somewhere. 

If Coach Sanchez is indeed out at the end of the year there will be people disgruntled regardless of who is hired to replace him. They will be upset that its an FCS guy, or upset it's a coordinator and not somebody with HC experience. If it is a guy with HC experience, some will be upset because it's not a big enough name or the guy they wanted. 

That said, promoting Tim Skipper would probaby be the least popular hire you could make. I don't think UNLV could or even should consider it. If it goes bad, the fans will turn even faster than they would a fresh hire. Instead of 5 years you would be feeling heat after year 1. 

The only argument I think you could make is retaining current commitments and trying to reduce the number of guys entering the transfer portal. I'm not sure that is enough though. 

Again, this is not an indictment of Coach Skipper or his ability. If the situation were different, it might actually be a good hire.  It might be a hire that fans could get behind and might generate some outside interest. But not under the current circumstances and coming off the results of the last two years. 


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RebelFanJake91
No I agree I'm sure Tim Skipper is a great coach and everything he just isn't the right Choice I will say this I'm like the Morgan Scalley idea the more I think about it. Hey is a player of Urban Myer and got Utah's defense playing at a high level I live with a Utah fan and I have watched alot of utah games.The guy would be an excellent choice 
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RebelMW
No I agree I'm sure Tim Skipper is a great coach and everything he just isn't the right Choice I will say this I'm like the Morgan Scalley idea the more I think about it. Hey is a player of Urban Myer and got Utah's defense playing at a high level I live with a Utah fan and I have watched alot of utah games.The guy would be an excellent choice 


Morgan Scalley has done a fantastic job as DC at Utah. He's familiar with recruiting the region. 

Two things that would likely prevent him being the hire:

1) He already makes 800k at Utah. UNLV would probably have to get to 1.5 million, maybe more to lure him away. I don't know.

2) An even bigger obstacle might be that it's been reported he may be in line to take the Utah job when Whittingham retires in a few years. 




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RebelFanJake91
Oh well I would say my top 3 choices are Mora Scalley and Jay Hill with long shot being Larry Fadra just my choices tho
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RebelMW
Oh well I would say my top 3 choices are Mora Scalley and Jay Hill with long shot being Larry Fadra just my choices tho


Of the three, Jay Hill makes the most sense, based on his familiarity with the region and UNLV could probably afford him.

Larry is an interesting name..Hadn't thought about him. Did pretty well at Southern Miss. Had a decent run early with UNC but they struggled his last couple years. 
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