What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas right? Well not when it comes to finding a new head basketball coach. UNLV thought they had an agreement with University of Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin when he left to go back to Cincinnati Thursday evening, but by 10:30am Friday UNLV Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy found out (via Twitter) that Cronin had spurned the Rebels to stay with the Bearcats. Kunzer-Murphy moved quickly to find the next man up to run the Rebels and she has zeroed in on New Mexico St. head coach Marvin Menzies.
Menzies has a career record of 198-111 (.641) overall and going 103-37 (736) in the WAC while leading the Aggies to four consecutive WAC Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament berths (2012 to 2015). He is the third winningest coach in Aggies history during his 9 years with the program. He has coached with Rick Pitino at Louisville, where he also was in charge of the Cardinals recruiting and with Steve Fischer at SDSU. Menzies had only one losing season going 16-17 overall record in 2010-11.
Menzies will fly into Las Vegas tonight and meet with Kunzer-Murphy to discuss taking over the Rebels program. Kunzer-Murphy was on Brian Shapiro's The Vegas Take earlier today and discussed what went wrong with Cronin and who was the Rebels next target. She also was asked about Menzies, and while she didn't say he was the Rebels top choice, she didn't have to. She spoke glowingly about him and talked about their friendship. Reportedly Menzies wants the head coaching position with the Rebels and will not cost the Rebels as much as Cronin was asking for.
Kunzer-Murphy said that the plan is to have a head coach in place before the Final 4, which is next week.