BYU associate head coach Dave Rice is expected to be announced as UNLV's next head coach in the next 24 hours, a source told CBSSports.com on Sunday.
Rice is a UNLV graduate who was part of Jerry Tarkanian's 1990 national championship team. The California native was an assistant at UNLV for 11 seasons under Tarkanian, Tim Grgurich, Bill Bayno and Charlie Spoonhour. He joined the Utah State staff in 2004, then the BYU staff in 2005.
Rice was one of four candidates to interview for the UNLV job. The others were former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, former Oregon coach Ernie Kent and current St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap. Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown expressed interest in the opening, according to SI.com. But a source told CBSSports.com he was never seriously considered.
"Dave is an outstanding teacher of the game and has always been part of successful programs both as a player and a coach," BYU coach Dave Rose once said of Rice. "Dave possesses a complete knowledge of the game and has done a terrific job coordinating our game plans and recruiting efforts. He is also a tireless worker and a great person."
Rice will replace Lon Kruger.
Kruger left to be Oklahoma's new coach.