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Bobby Hauck goes from hot seat to contract extension with UNLV

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UNLV is not known as a perennial winning football program, but Bobby Hauck is going to get some more time to try to change that. On Wednesday the school announced an agreement on a three-year contract extension for Hauck that will run through the 2016 season. The contract extension will become official after the Bard of Regents reviews and approve it.

UNLV had won two game sin each of Hauck’s first three years on the job, but UNLV is coming off their sixth win of the 2013 season, a victory at Air Force, and is bowl eligible for the first time since 2003. Hauck took over the job in 2010 and he has had his work cut out for him from the start. It took some time to come together, but for Hauck it may have been better later than never. If the Rebels had another losing season this year, Hauck may have been one of the first coaches to get the axe this weekend once the season is in the books. Instead Hauck will likely lead UNLV to their first bowl game since the 2000 Las Vegas Bowl.

“As I’ve said many times, my family and I are extremely happy at UNLV and love living in Las Vegas,” Hauck said. “I am excited to tell our team and staff that we can now focus on continuing to build this football program and pursuing the ultimate goal of bringing a Mountain West Championship to UNLV.”

Being able to sell players on the idea there is some job security in place is a huge benefit for any coach at the collegiate level. coming off a successful season, Hauck can now show potential recruits that the plan he has set in place is paying off and they are looking in to the future to keep things moving upward in a conference that could be sending a team to a BCS bowl this year.

“Bobby Hauck and his staff have been focused on building UNLV football step by step since coming to campus and this season we are seeing their hard work pay off with a trip to a bowl game on the horizon,” UNLV athletics director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said. “We are thrilled that Bobby is our coach and that he will be here for years to come to help take Rebel football to a new level.”

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6 Responses to “Bobby Hauck goes from hot seat to contract extension with UNLV”
  1. joerevs300 says: Nov 27, 2013 9:34 PM

    Will Muschamp would kill for that kind of job securit right now.

    I mean, are you kidding? The only thing most people know about UNLV is their CBB team and “The Tark” chewing on a towel.

    To coach football there? They’ll never be a power in CFB, so no kidding about a tough sell, it’s a stepping stone job, nothing more.

  2. MyTeamsAllStink says: Nov 27, 2013 9:57 PM

    Haick was handed a mountain of horse manure and asked to build the Statue of David with it.UNLV and bowl eligible aren’t used in the same sentence ever but he’s finally got this team turned around.Im not kidding myself into thinking they will be a powerhouse anytime soon but 6 wins compared to a total of 6 the last three seasons is huge here.

  3. georgewashingtonsghost says: Nov 27, 2013 10:02 PM

    It would certain help the program if their stadium was located close to campus.

  4. Brian Basher says: Nov 27, 2013 10:30 PM

    Bard of Regents? Have you guys ever heard of proof-reading or at least spellcheck?

  5. bballnut50 says: Nov 28, 2013 12:23 AM

    We (Minnesota) played the rebels twice in the last two years and I saw both games, really saw a improvement and saw they were well coached, followed them this year because of it, I believe it was a good move by UNLV, He has a track record of turning teams around. Congrats Bobby!

  6. thegamecocker says: Nov 28, 2013 9:39 AM

    Congratulations to Coach Hauck. He made lemonade out of lemons and deserves this contract extension. I watched the Air Force game and UNLV played very well defeating the Falcons in Ft Collins. This man can coach.

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