BleedRebelRed
Note: this includes some cut-and-paste of some of my notes I posted on the Rivals site last week, but it's only my own material I'm  re-posting.

Last season Central Michigan finished 1-11.  Former CSU and Florida coach Jim McElwain took over the team last winter and CMU is now 3-3 after yesterday's commanding 42-16 win over Eastern Michigan (EMU entered the game 3-1 including a win over Big-10 team Illinois).  CMU's other wins were a 21-point victory over Akron and by 17 over Albany.  Their three losses were all road games, 12-17 at Miami(Fla), 15-31 at Western Michigan, and a blowout loss at Wisconsin.

Next weekend CMU hosts New Mexico State in a game that could put them in good position to reach bowl eligibility.

Last November CMU lost to Eastern M, and in that game CMU played two big QBs (6'7 235lb  and 6'3" 233lb) and those two QBs combined to go 12-32 for 77 total yards and 2 INTs.   Both of those QBs now play TE for CMU.

Jim McElwain did well in the MWC, with 4 wins his first year, then 8, then 10 wins.  He was hired away by Florida and won the SEC-East division each of his first two seasons, but never got along with the AD.  He only lasted 7 games his 3rd season after starting 3-4 and a bunch of weirdness over "alleged" threats against him, his family,  and his players.

So who were the other G5 hires last winter? . . . these were the six main G5 hires, and notice that they ALL had local/regional connections to where they were hired:

Replacing successful coaches:

Appalachian State (lost coach to Louisville)
- Eli Drinkwitz OC at N.C. State (App St is also in NC)

Troy (lost coach to West Virginia)
- Chip Lindsey OC at Auburn (which is also in Alabama). Lindsey is an Alabama native who played football at North Alabama

Utah State (lost coach to Texas Tech)
- Gary Andersen, Utah assistant, former Wisconsin and Oregon St HC, Utah State HC 2009-2012, a Utah native from Salt Lake City

Replacing fired coaches:

East Carolina (fired coach after three 3-win seasons)
- Mike Houston: North Carolina native, HC at James Madison

Houston (fired coach following 8-win season)
- Dana Holgorsen HC at West Virginia, but on thin ice. Holgerson became highest paid AAC coach, was previously OC at Houston and lots of Texas connections.

Central Michigan (fired coach after going 1-11 in 4th season after making bowls each of his first 3 seasons)
- Jim McElwain, former CSU and Florida HC, Michigan roots (played at Mich St, was assistant at Michigan last season)

Looking at these 6 hires:
  • Anderson and Holgorson would have been the "splash" hires, but both were returning home and Houston was paying top dollar.
  • Jim McElwain would have been the best fit for UNLV, with MWC success (and most likely he would have kept UNLV DC Tim Skipper, his former assistant at CSU and Florida).
  • As I mentioned before, all the hires had local/regional history with where they were hired.
Keep an eye on McElwain, who has already tripled CMU's win total from last season. As one of the lowest paid FBS coaches his contract could be bought out even though he would still have four more years on it.
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RebelMW
His familiarity with the conference helps. I'd be fine with it.
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RebelFanJake91
I'm good with it too i think he is extremely what we need
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COLORADO REBEL FAN
All the newspapers up in Boise were saying the Broncos played “woeful” and that the Broncos “showed no improvement”... I don’t think that’s the case at all I think that the Rebels are improving and playing with energy and a sense of urgency. I personally think when Rodgers returns they need to run the Quarterback by on committee approach... Use all three QB’S, the coaches all know what these three guys do well.
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COLORADO REBEL FAN
The only time you replace a coach is when the players and the fans quit on you. I don’t feel the players have quit on their coaches yet.. Still time to get this thing going in the right direction with ATTITUDE and EFFORT.
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rebelraid
The UNLV job can become an attractive destination if the school is willing to shell out real money to make a strong hire.

The infrastructure will finally be in place to win with a quality coach, whoever it is. 
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rebelraid
I hadn’t thought about Jim McElwain but you make some interesting points. 

The current players are still working hard for Sanchez and there’s time to turn things around. But it’ll require a small miracle at this point. The margin for error has shrunk drastically. 
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COLORADO REBEL FAN
I’ve seen something change defensively for UNLV since the 3rd Quarter of the Wyoming game. They don’t seem to be grabbing as much and last night, for the most part, they were getting their arms around and ball carriers were going to the ground. They just need to find a way offensively to move the chains and put points on the board. Find a way to win all THREE phases of a football game.
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COLORADO REBEL FAN
Even the Radio guy said they played “ night and day” better then they played at Wyoming.  
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BleedRebelRed
Even the Radio guy said they played “ night and day” better then they played at Wyoming.  


During the Wyo game Caleb Herring (radio commentator) kept mentioning how gassed several players were, even in the first half.  That doesn't give me a lot of confidence for their return trip to the Front Range to face CSU.  At least Fort Collins is only 5000 feet elevation.
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During the Wyo game Caleb Herring (radio commentator) kept mentioning how gassed several players were, even in the first half.  That doesn't give me a lot of confidence for their return trip to the Front Range to face CSU.  At least Fort Collins is only 5000 feet elevation.
I was lucky enough to listen to the game on the internet and watch the game on CBS.. Caleb calls a pretty good game and has a lot of inside information on UNLV.

CSU has already missed their fork in the road. 
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RebelMW
The only time you replace a coach is when the players and the fans quit on you. I don’t feel the players have quit on their coaches yet.. Still time to get this thing going in the right direction with ATTITUDE and EFFORT.


There is still time. But the clock is ticking. I'm against any in season firing.

That said at some point improvement has to translate to wins. If Coach Sanchez is going to keep his job things have to turn around this week. 

I just have a hard time finding 5 wins to close out the year. It will be very difficult to go 5-2 down the stretch.

Even with an upset at Vandy you get Fresno on a short week at Fresno and come back home against a very good SDSU defense.

Its a pretty deep hole to dig out of..
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COLORADO REBEL FAN
The Rebels defense forced 8 punts, created a turnover on 3-1and blew up a 4-1. All that on the #16 team in America..If they carry that big stick going into Vandy its going be an interesting matchup. 
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RebelMW
The Rebels defense forced 8 punts, created a turnover on 3-1and blew up a 4-1. All that on the #16 team in America..If they carry that big stick going into Vandy its going be an interesting matchup. 


They did. It was arguably their best game of the year considering the opponent.

The downside is that even with the turnover they are behind last years totals. They still only recorded one sack. They are at 7 on the year. Four were week one vs SUU. They.have got to start getting to the QB more consistently..

Last year UNLV suffered 5 double digit losses.

Rebs already have four this year and we are only 5 games in. 
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COLORADO REBEL FAN
RebelMW wrote:


They did. It was arguably their best game of the year considering the opponent.

The downside is that even with the turnover they are behind last years totals. They still only recorded one sack. They are at 7 on the year. Four were week one vs SUU. They.have got to start getting to the QB more consistently..

Last year UNLV suffered 5 double digit losses.

Rebs already have four this year and we are only 5 games in. 
 On one play in particular they didn’t get the sack, but they hit the QB and when he got up he was wobbling.. I believe they forced a punt after that play.
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