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UNLV coach Bobby Hauck to receive 2-year contract extension

Hauck will be under contract through 2014 season, annual salary remains at $350,000

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UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck during the Mountain West Conference media day at Red Rock Resort on July 25, 2011.

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ELY — As Bobby Hauck begins his second season at the helm of the UNLV football program, he'll have a new selling point to use when pitching recruits.

His job security.

UNLV will be awarding Hauck a two-year extension on his original three-year deal, which runs through the 2012 season. Now, he'll be under contract through 2014 and will maintain the same $350,000 annual salary throughout the life of the contract. He'll also still be awarded his $450,000 completion bonus at the end of next season.

The contract will be up for approval by the Board of Regents when it meets Sept. 8 and 9.

"If the regents in fact approve it, I'll be excited about that, because I'm fired up about what's going on with UNLV athletics," Hauck said following Thursday's afternoon practice in Ely.

Hauck was hired in December 2009 following a successful seven-year run as the head coach at Montana. He inherited a roster with plenty of holes and faced one of the nation's toughest schedules in his first season.

The Rebels went 2-11 in 2010, but signs of improvement abound at this year's fall camp, ranging from his players being in better shape, an improved overall talent level, better depth and, quite frankly, better attitudes across the board.

"We are spending more time coaching technique and scheme rather than just attitude and effort," he said. "A lot of that is more of a mainstay now, day in and day out, which is good.

"Also, we knew going into last season that that schedule would be a Top 20-plus schedule, and we had a pretty good idea that we probably weren't going to be a Top 20 team. So we knew it was going to be uphill last season. Fact of the matter is we were up against it a lot of weeks, and by finishing fifth in the conference and getting two big wins in the conference season, we laid a little bit of a foundation there. That shows we're growing into being competitive in the Mountain West Conference."

The Rebels' schedule is not nearly as fierce this season as it was last fall, but it's still tough, with seven of their 12 games away from Sam Boyd Stadium. It all begins against No. 10 Wisconsin on Sept. 1 in Madison.

The schedule begins to lighten up next year, though, with home non-conference games against Minnesota and Washington State combined with trips to Utah State and Louisiana Tech. On top of that, TCU will be leaving the Mountain West for the Big East, and the conference will add rival Nevada-Reno, Fresno State and Hawaii.

Facing that 2012 schedule will be an experienced team. Though expectations are relatively low for the Rebels in 2011, they'll have underclassmen at nearly every key position.

This extension will help Hauck and his staff in their efforts to continue to add quality talent and depth on the recruiting trail, as piecing together a strong 2012 class would have been much tougher with Hauck only under contract for another year. The fact that he's receiving it now shows that the administration truly believes he has the program headed toward better days. UNLV hasn't had a winning season since 2000.

For more as UNLV continues to prepare for the 2011 season, stay tuned to lasvegassun.com/rebels.

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  1. This is front page news? OMG.

  2. Good move. Kudos to Jim Livengood & Jerry Koloski.

  3. Who the hell gives someone a 2 yr extension after 1 yr?! Especially after going 2-10?!!! Who wants to give a losing coach job security?! You want to keep him on his toes so that he'll perform. We just rewarded someone for a losing season....classic UNLV athletics....we think like losers, reward losers, and continue to lose.

    It's decisions like this one that shows that our program at UNLV will never be a contender. We need to change our mentality and reward winners & hire big-time coaches who can win. This article pisses me off.

  4. Ok lets not overthink just yet. I dont think out football program will be any good this year, in fact I wish it was basketball season already, but this year is going to be another poor season and 2 yrs at 2-10 doesnt look good, but I see that next year a lighter schedule plus experienced players under his system could mean good things. I guess thats a silver lining to 2 years of sucking and means another unexciting Rebel football season. If after next year though they dont improve it might be time to get rid of him before another Sanford emerges, sucking money from the programs for years of terrible, uninspired play.

  5. With the mess he inherited and the schedule he had to play through I think Hauck is doing a good job. The totally over-matched team of last year showed some fighting spirit and that is attributable to the coach.
    I think we'll see an improved team this year.

    Hopefully Hauck will still be around should that proposed stadium out by the M Resort get built. What a recruiting tool that would be...

  6. I see this as a pre-mature decision, Hauck hasn't proved anything yet. His third year is the proving ground, his recruits will be juniors & should be well able to compete at a high level by then, if there isn't major improvement by then no extension should be given. Thats my opinion. I do like Bobby but the 3rd year we will know what the real deal is by how well UNLV consistantly plays or stays the same old UNLV. Pressure needs to be put on coaches to perform just like theres pressure on players, thats when you reward them after they step their game up.
    What a dream job, financial security for losing, its gotta be nice...

  7. This is premature. I would like to see some accomplishment before an extension.

  8. I have to agree that when I first read the headline, I was outraged! A coach that won two games is getting an extension?! You have got to be kidding me! BUT, this is a brillant move. The truth is that other coaches could have used the '1 year remaining on his contract' as a tool against UNLV to recruits. I expect Hauck to have the boys ready to compete. I'm not sure if it will result in more wins this year but at least, I believe, the team will represent UNLV well in every game and will not quit like they seemed to do during the sanford years. Hauck is locked up for 3 more years at the same salary and the expectations, or at least mine, have risen. U-N-L-V UNLV GO FIGHT WIN

  9. its funny how people are calling this extension premature but are also saying he was a failure after 1 season. that is premature.

  10. Bobby Hauck is a pretty tough nut. Last year, he took what he had available and molded a team. The Rebels will continue to imporve this year and the following three. Hauck is a little tougher than some of the commenters here.

  11. He took a team that was 5-7 two years in a row & went 10 steps backwards. Do I like Bobby more than Sanford - yes, is he a failure after 1 season - no, the season was a failure, if his recruits cannot hang with and even beat the best in the MWC by year 3-4 then yes it was a failed hire all over again for this program.

    I wish I could perform with these standards at my occupation and still get financial stability....