The Rebels of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) have turned losing into a bad habit. The team’s Head Coach, Bobby Hauck, spent five years trying to revive this moribund program. He was unsuccessful. In fact, Coach Hauck compiled a very poor Won-Loss record of 15-49 in his years as the ‘top dog.”
That mediocre on-field performance led to an unhappy ending. Coach Hauck resigned his position at the end of the 2014 Season, a year in which his squad, a member of the West Division of the Mountain West Conference (MWC), managed to win just two of thirteen games. Its record in Conference play was even worse. The Rebels won a single game of the eight they played against Conference foes.
So it was with somewhat modest expectations that this football team and its Interim Head Coach approached the 2015 Season. While the school’s Athletic Director is actively searching for a new Head Coach, games on the 2015 Schedule need to be played.
The first game took place on September 5th. It was a road game played at Northern Illinois University and it resulted in a loss for the Rebels by a score of 38-30.
That was actually an encouraging effort even though the game was lost. When the Rebels opened their home season on September 12th, the results were much less encouraging. The 13th ranked Bruins of UCLA traveled to Las Vegas to take on the home team. The final score favored the visitors. The Bruins won easily, scoring thirty-seven points while UNLV could muster only a field goal and three points.
The Rebels have five more home games on this year’s schedule, many of which feature tough opponents. UNLV will host Idaho State University on September 26th, San Jose State University on October 10th, a very tough Boise State University football team on October 31st, the University of Hawaii on November 7th and San Diego State’s Aztecs on November 21st.
When the Rebels “hit the road” this Saturday, September 19th, they will compete against a Big Ten team, the Spartans of the Michigan State University. That promises to be a difficult stopover for UNLV.
Other road games to be played include stopovers at the University of Nevada on October 3rd, Fresno State University on October 16th, Colorado State University on November 14th and the University of Wyoming on November 28th.
The Rebels and their loyal fans hope that the squad can emerge victorious at least some of the time. Expectations for this team remain modest.
It’s clear that a bowl game is not “in the cards” for the 2015 version of the UNLV Rebels. However, a few wins can start the process of turning this team around.
Courtesy of Uloop.com