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I don't disagree with that sentiment a wish more kids would stay in college so they can be impact players once they get to the NBA instead of just being on a roster.
I do take offense to your RAF dig. I recently moved out of town half way through the season but I will renew my RAF and give most of my tickets to family just because I support the program. Most of the RAF donors in my section are frustrated but understand the growth in this group of players.
1 week, 3 days ago on Dave Rice to stay on as UNLV basketball coach
Why would you think Wood is a late second rounder? Everything that has been out there on pre draft boards have him as a late first rounder. Mid 20's is what I've seen.
You are correct. Any person reading the original article can see that it is SDSU that is so lowly rated.
2 weeks ago on Instant Analysis: UNLV-UNR
Wow, 292 offensively in the nation. Those have to be some painful wins to watch.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Instant Analysis: UNLV-UNR
I agree with a lot of what you said but there are two things that are undisputed:
1) UNLV was very quick to hire Rice even when there were others interested in the job at the offered price. This was done even though earlier it was quoted that the next coach would have HC experience.
2) Fans hold Rice accountable for style of play because he was the one that said he was bring that style back. You can't sell it and then not deliver on it and expect not to be questioned about it.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Kendrick has career night in Rebels' 13-point victory at San Jose State
Unfortunately not the same as the numbskulls indicating he will be a first round draft pick. It's funny that in some athletes you see that they want to be the best, not on their team, but on the field of play every day. In others you can see that they just want to be paid. Wood falls into the later group. He is good enough for some GM, who won't have a job in 5 years, to draft his potential but I fear it will never match his production.
Certainly not the only reason but having a short bench could be a contributing factor.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on McCaw finds his happy place while leading UNLV to win against Wyoming
If you look at his history he still had the ability to move to national prominence. The fact that it took several years for him to get OU nationally ranked should tell you how bad the stature of the UNLV program was when he took over.
1 month ago on Rice hits milestone in one of UNLV's most complete games of the season
There was no ability for the school to counter the OU offer. Lon would have had taken the Rebs to a couple final fours to have enough general public support and donations to keep him here. He was happy here but when you get that kind of offer you can't turn it down.
As long as the RAF members and scholarship donors are satisfied then the rest is just noise.
No doubt, but each of those schools have coaches that are more experienced than Rice. Part of the problem is Rice is still feeling his way as a HC and at times is not confident in the direction he wants to go. Patience is the key with the coach and the players.
It is a glimpse of the future if the future holds these players. The biggest concern has been the trend of losing players that still have eligibility.
Not going to dispute your account, but they allowed 53 points. The problem was their inability to put the basketball through the hoop.
1 month ago on On night dedicated to Tarkanian, Rebels come up short once again
You mean the power house of 25 years ago?
This is exactly why as a high school or college athlete you continue to work hard and bide your time. Had Kendall Smith shown any character he would have been cutting into Cody's minutes because he was a better defender and now he would be moving into a starting lineup at the offhand spot. Good luck at CSUN.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rebels heading to Air Force while trying to overcome Vaughn's injury
What the Rebels lack is another front court defender. Anytime GO is in foul trouble or off the floor the post defense is nonexistent. CW likes blocking shots from the weak side but is not a good post defender. The W/L record is disappointing even for a rebuilding Rebel team but this group is fun/frustrating to watch. I'm not even in the State anymore but my RAF we be renewed for next year.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Live blog: Rebels in Fort Collins hunting for fourth straight victory
How can you call an open 3, shot by a player with a 48+% a desperation shot? For those that criticize at least be accurate in your arguments.
@Rebel Jedi Why do I have a feeling that if Walker played for another MW team he would be the type of player that would scorch the Rebs for 28pts. Now Vaughn might score 40 on him, but given enough opportunity the kid can score.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Injured Okonoboh leads Rebels to payback 67-62 victory at UNR
@drrose1414 @Rebel Jedi With all the others they are hiding on the defensive end they would have to hire David Copperfield to coach the team.
@ph90702 I don't even know what that means. It featured two under .500 conference teams, both on losing skids and a game so enticing that the conference's television partner wants to stream your game so they might get 2,000 eyeballs watching the game. Doesn't that sound like the definition of Tier 3?
I hope the boys turn two wins into three and three into four. I'm way past the thought that the team will put 40 minutes together but the upside is these close games are exciting.
Does anyone know why UNLV can't get one of our local television stations to broadcast the game so we don't have to stream the game? I can understand if the conference has a contract with espn but if they won't put the game on television then have a clause that allows the game to be picked up locally.
@ELJeffe Don't take my comments wrong, I love what Morgan brings I just don't think he has found his groove yet. My only concern is that he might feel that he hasn't been given enough opportunity to learn from his mistakes. To gumby's point, I sure wish they could have figured a way to keep Savon as he would have helped this team tremendously.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Rebels preparing for fight to snap skid against in-state rival
@rebeltom @RichardoTubbs Agree, but I'm I the only one that hates the home "grey" uniform?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Rebels finally on the right side of game-ending plays in win vs. Utah State
I think it is safe to say that Rebel fans would be more accepting of what is happening this year if there was some sense that all the underclassmen would be back next year, but with what has happened in the past I think everyone is just waiting to see who leaves. Not saying that those that want to try for the NBA are beholden to UNLV but it would be nice to see some of these kids grow into really special players. The biggest talk is of Vaughn taking a shot at being a lottery pick but his defense is not ready for the NBA and Chris Wood still needs to get stronger even if he views himself as a wing player. The player that I have concern about leaving to another school is Morgan because he isn't getting more opportunity to develop. He appears to be the only one that is pulled from the game as a result of a playing mistake.
@ELJeffe @Rebel Jedi If Chris was stroking the shot from the outside I don't think anyone would mind him hanging around the arc, but he is not a pure shooter like Durant (even when he was a freshman at Texas). At this stage he need to work harder to get open, continue to take the ball to the basket and let his outside game develop with more experience. What was evident was the rest of the team was keeping the ball away from him in the second half when he just stood at the three point line.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rebels' effort for naught as San Diego State pulls away for 7-point victory
@mj2001 I'm sure that Anthony will be more than happy to compare paychecks with you.
2 months, 1 week ago on UNLV collapses in OT at Boise State, falls to 1-3 in the Mountain West
@Rebel Jedi Totally agree, and this is where I think the Rice detractors have a valid point. The decision of not calling a time out was inexcusable. At that point Rice's main objective should have been to get Doolin back in the game so he had someone that could execute a final play. It is one thing if the team had a run out on the possession but as soon as BSU was back and into a set defense the TO should have been called. You don't leave it in the hand of a kid.
@Rebel Jedi The problem with both player's game is that they can't play defense. Everyone thinks that because Wood blocks some shots he is playing good defense but he would get thrown around like a rag doll in the NBA. He provides very little resistance when players post him up and he is certainly not quick enough to guard a stretch 4 in the NBA. Vaughn is probably good enough offensively to go to the draft but he shows very little effort on the defensive side and that would get him a quick ticket to any NBA bench (or even a D-League assignment).
@wyatt1952 You obviously were not around for the Rollie years. That was embarrassing. It is one thing to be disappointed that games are not being won when we think we should win, but I'll go back to the Rebels have beaten 8 top 20 schools in the last 3+ years. How can that be the lowest period ever? Some prospective please.
@Rebel Joe @ohnoitsmickey Let's wait and see exactly how much money the hiring of Sanchez actually brings in. My guess it will be significantly less than the reported $30M.
@Yellow_Evan13 Does Rice make $1M per year? If not then where is a cash strapped school going to make up that difference. Not only that, but $1M head coaches have expectation of hiring higher priced assistants. I'm not saying I love Rice or even that given time he will turn into a good HC but I'm not sure the school can get the kind of coach you desire.
@Catfishin Man, I wish we worked for the same company.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: SP Roberto Fausto Carmona Hernandez
@MikeCarter1 If I could like this comment a 1,000 times I would. The biggest joke about this conference is the TV package. It would be better for UNLV to just have local TV rights to all away games.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Don't expect UNLV's New Year's Eve plans at Wyoming to be pretty
What this really shows is how volatile college basketball is today. Everyone judges the coaches, players and the program based on the past success as well as prior rules. No longer can you just outwork the opponent with countless hours on the practice floor. Plus too many kids come to school thinking that they are already developed players so when they don't get the star treatment they are too eager to transfer. The change in the NBA rules over the years have made it easier for players to leave early for professional ball. All these things have hurt college basketball in general and not necessarily UNLV more than any other, but one thing that Tark always relied on was to be better conditioned than the opponent and that would help lead to victory. With a 20hr. limit on practice time it makes it hard to develop individual skills for players, put in team concepts for both offense and defense, and work at the highest level of conditioning. It is too bad, as college basketball used to be the best blend of the team game and individual athletic ability.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rebels grab votes in AP top-25; Wood named national player of the week
The ONLY criticism on the night is that UNLV begs people to come to the stadiums to support the teams and on the first night that the crowd was over 12,500 it was a total cluster f getting out of the parking lot. I know that this is not UNLV's issue and should be laid at the feet of the T&M event management. The stadium has poor traffic management and the wifi in the building absolutely blows.
What a great win by the players and coaches.
3 months ago on Instant Analysis: UNLV takes significant step forward in development, upset No. 3 Arizona
The fact that the refs didn't see the net being "brushed" on the shot attempt was typical of their entire game management. No two actions were called the same last night and both teams can point to several key plays in which the refs either blew the call or didn't even make a call. Since replay has come into sports, officiating as a whole in all sports has declined.
3 months ago on Young Rebels stand up and take down No. 3 Arizona in raucous Mack
No mention of Bishop Manogue, Faith Lutheran, Sierra Lutheran, or The Meadows. Just because BG does it better than anyone else they should not be singled out. If there is a change then it should be that all private schools should be eliminated from the public school athletic structure and just not the successful ones.
3 months, 1 week ago on Legislator wants Bishop Gorman banned from football playoffs
@Rebel Joe Yeah, I remember all the beat downs that Kruger's teams use to apply.
3 months, 1 week ago on Doolin wills UNLV to overtime victory ahead of key stretch of games
@Vagrant So do you think Sanchez was selected because bandwagon fans wanted him and were demanding his hiring or that someone actually put their money where their mouth is and actually donated to the program. If you want to have any impact or voice in either football or basketball then get off the sidelines and put up your money.
@Rebel Joe Hardly, I graduated from UNLV in '84 and have been a donating alumni since. 12,500 fans is the best average since Tark's time and is certainly at the top end of any of the schools in the conference with only UNM possibly drawing more. Dream on if you think that UNLV is going to be able to get back to the glory days of Tarkanian. Anyone that thinks that has not been watching the changing landscape of college athletics.
@Vagrant They don't need you, 12,500 fans already support the team/school. Bandwagon fans are the first to fall off anyway.
@Still PFP Hard to think that Kenley will be Rivera as I thought Gagne would be a lifer. Puig could be that guy.
3 months, 1 week ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: LF/CF/RF/Departed Friend Matt Kemp
Regardless of the baseball reasons or the roster flexibility, as a fan the Kemp trade makes me sad. Everyone wants to have that one player that is cradle to grave a cornerstone of the franchise. I thought we might have two in Kemp and Kershaw, and now I pray that we at least have one.
@PagansOedipalComplex They do have good pitching, if they can figure out how to score some runs without sacrificing their pitching they could easily be in contention.
3 months, 1 week ago on Dodgers DFA Brian Wilson, make Brandon McCarthy official
Does anyone know if the CBA allows a player that is traded during the offseason to be traded during the next season? It seems that this has happened before but I get the MLB and NBA rules mixed up. If so, does anyone else think that Kemp might not be long for SD, that they are hoping for a continuation of the second half of 2014 and will then flip him for a prospect haul to a major market team that can better handle the contract?
@AlainaButtar ....and Roscoe left for the same reason. Although a year older, he needed to add length to his offensive game as he is in a difficult spot in that he can't really guard on the wing but he just isn't big enough to be a PF. He is going to have to be a floor spacing 4 and hustle player if he is going to get any chance in the Association.
3 months, 1 week ago on Still a UNLV fan, Birch feels himself getting better in the NBA D-League
@Getrekt Yes, but that view doesn't fit in with the bashing Coach Rice crowd.
@MajorPuigBaseball Who is the "we" in this eating of money? People act as if somehow the Dodger payroll is coming out of their pocket. Does a reduced payroll mean that ticket prices are going to drop?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on So Long, Matt Kemp
@LiterallyPFP Can I say yes to all?