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  • Football

    A Team for the Ages

    By Sean DeFrank

    Standing in the UNLV locker room at the Silver Bowl just moments after a stunning last-second home loss denied his team a conference championship and a trip to the school’s first bowl game, coach Harvey Hyde made his players a promise. He had just watched Long Beach State drive 91 yards in 71 seconds, with […]

  • On the Gridiron, Rebels Reloading

    By Sean DeFrank

    After more than a decade of losing seasons, the UNLV football team had a breakthrough year in 2013, winning seven games and earning a bowl bid. Now trying to build off that success, the Rebels will conclude spring practices with the annual Spring Showcase game, which is free to the public at 5:30 p.m. April […]

  • Rebelists

    The Top Seven Rebels in the Pros

    By Sean DeFrank

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall NBA draft pick in 2013, is struggling mightily in his rookie season after leaving UNLV following his freshman year. But at just 20 years old, he still has plenty of time to bloom into a productive professional. Here are the top former Rebels who have shined […]

  • Top Seven Shot Blockers in UNLV History

    By Sean DeFrank

    Offense sells tickets, but these rim protectors did the dirty work for UNLV. Our look at the best shot blockers in Rebels history.

  • With Livengood Out, Who Could Be Next for UNLV AD?

    By Mike Grimala and Sean DeFrank

    With Wednesday’s announcement that UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood will be leaving the university on June 30, speculation has already begun to focus on how president Neal Smatresk will go about filling the vacancy. It’s safe to assume that one of the top challenges for any new AD will be boosting revenue. The athletic department […]

  • Rebelist

    The Seven Most Underrated Players in UNLV History

    By Sean DeFrank

    In sports, the record book is a great purveyor of historical memory. But statistics alone can’t capture the small but game-changing things players do-and the context in which they do them. And sometimes even big numbers fade in our imaginations with the passing years. Here are seven Rebels whose contributions are often overlooked, but who […]

  • UNLV’s Forgotten Legend

    By Sean DeFrank

    Earl Evans isn’t among the most celebrated UNLV basketball players of all time, but he was one of the most gifted. Unfortunately, his achievements never came close to matching his potential as injuries derailed his professional career. His life ended too soon as well, as Evans died Christmas Eve in Edmond, Okla., at the age […]

  • Rebelist

    The Seven Most Beloved Benchwarmers in Rebel History

    By Sean DeFrank

    It’s always the stars that get the glory, but some of the most popular players in UNLV history were guys who rarely left the bench. Here’s a look at some of our favorites: 1. Dave Rice – Even before becoming UNLV’s head coach in 2011, Rice was a source of pride for Rebel fans. The […]

  • Rebelist

    Top Seven Freshmen in Rebel History

    By Sean DeFrank

    UNLV has had freshmen make an immediate impact on the basketball court prior to this season, but there's never been a group with the potential of this year's class. The 2012-13 Rebels' roster includes three highly recruited freshmen in Anthony Bennett, Katin Reinhardt and Savon Goodman (as well as redshirts Daquan Cook and Demetris Morant), players expected to be key contributors in their first season. But who have been the best freshmen to wear a Rebel uniform?

  • Media

    The Battle Against Perceived Reality

    By Sean DeFrank

    No college basketball coach has ever been vilified more by the national media for perceived wrongdoing than Jerry Tarkanian when he was at UNLV, and now a post on a popular sports website has attached the cheater" label to one of Tark's protegés, second-year Rebel coach Dave Rice.CBSSports.com asked nearly 100 coaches this summer, "Who is perceived by college coaches to be the biggest cheater in the sport?" Kentucky's John Calipari ranked first, at 36 percent, but tied for fifth (with Indiana's Tom Crean) was Rice at 3 percent."

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