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Former Nevada assistant says he’s not interested in Wolf Pack coaching gig

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Nevada is the only major college football job open at the moment — Oregon could be added to that list soon, but a plan involving offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich is reportedly in place in the event that Chip Kelly leaves for the NFL — and while the Wolf Pack have already interviewed a handful of candidates to replace longtime coach Chris Ault, another supposed candidate has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Washington State running backs coach Jim Mastro told on Saturday that he was not interested in becoming Ault’s successor. CBSSportsBruce Feldman also tweeted the news, adding later that Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian is expected to take over the Wofl Pack. 

Here’s what Mastro told

“I’m very grateful to the University of Nevada for their interest in me becoming their next head coach. However, I made a commitment to my good friend Mike Leach and I intend to honor that commitment. I love working for Washington State University. I have provided my input to members of the committee and trust they will make a wise selection.” 

Mastro spent 11 seasons at Nevada (2000-10) as an assistant and was instrumental in helping Ault develop the Pistol offense. When Ault retired late last month, Mastro’s name was one of the first to pop up as a potential replacement.

Nevada announced that they would like to identify a finalist for the job and present him to the Board of Regents for approval at a Jan. 11 meeting.

(Photo credit: WSU athletics) 

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3 Responses to “Former Nevada assistant says he’s not interested in Wolf Pack coaching gig”
  1. mdac1012 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:59 PM

    So the guy would rather be the running backs coach at Washington State than the head coach at Nevada, which is a decent mid major program? It sounds like he got the word or the feeling that the job wouldn’t be his and he is trying to save face a little.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:31 PM

    He just wants to be a pirate.

  3. theotherpatrick says: Jan 6, 2013 4:21 PM


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