According to an ESPN.com report, Dave Rice is no longer in the running for the South Florida head coaching job and is likely to remain at UNLV.
Rice interviewed for the USF position on Friday, then flew back to Las Vegas to meet with UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. No official word has come from that meeting, but on Saturday morning reports began to surface that USF was denying a formal offer was ever extended to Rice and that he was no longer a candidate for the job.
Kunzer-Murphy told the Review-Journal on Friday that Rice had a “solid offer” from USF, so something isn’t adding up. From this vantage point, it seems like USF is backpedaling in order to save face. Their coaching search has turned into a full-fledged nightmare; first, Steve Masiello accepted the job, but the offer was revoked after a background check found inconsistencies in his resume. And now it appears as though Rice leveraged their five-year offer to try to get a better deal from UNLV.
For South Florida to move on from Rice, it seems the school must have received strong signals that Rice wasn’t going to accept the offer.
This is good news for Rebels fans, as it makes it more likely that Rice will stay at UNLV and welcome in one of the nation’s best recruiting classes next year. Rice is 71-32 in his three seasons at the helm, with two NCAA tournament appearances. The Rebels missed the tournament this season.
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