UNLV FIRES MENZIES: THE REACTION…
UNLV’s firing of head basketball coach Marvin Menzier, after a 48-48 record over three seasons, was met with strong reaction from both sides.
San Diego Union-Tribune beat writer Mark Zeigler called it “good news for SDSU and the rest of the Mountain West.”
Danny Tarkanian, the son of UNLV’s iconic coach Jerry Tarkanian, expressed disappointment.
Mitch Moss of VSiN doesn’t want to hear talk about hiring Rebels’ great Reggie Theus.
Here’s a sampling:
MarkZiegler @sdutziegler: Hearing that Marvin Menzies is out at UNLV after 3 seasons but really 2 considering he took over a program with 2 scholarship players. But it's good news for SDSU and the rest of the Mountain West. The more impatience and instability at the most resourced program, the better.
Danny Tarkanian @DannyTarkanian
I am very disappointed in @TheRunninRebels for firing Marvin Menzies after only 3 years. He took over a program with only 2 players returning. He deserved to finish his 5 year contract. Typical of UNLV, no loyalty. It is the reason a once proud Top 5 program is in the dumps.
Mitch Moss @mitchmossradio: “If any UNLV fan brings up Reggie Theus, they should be banned from Twitter. Always love him as a Rebel but not a coach.
Las Vegas Sun beat writer Mike Grimala wants to see the new coach named in 24 hours.
Amber Dixon @ambernews3LV: Simply put, says UNLV’s athletic director, the men’s basketball team “needs to win more.”
Others make a case with statistics:
The four worst UNLV season by Ken Pom rank in the Ken Pom era (since 2001-02):
Menzies 2016-17: 248
Menzies 2018-19: 159
Rice/Simon 2015-16: 117
Menzies 2017-18: 107
Rebel-Net.com @rebel_net: Looking at stats... UNLV was 2-3 this year to end year. Last season, 1-6. Season before, 1-11. Combined, that's 4-20 to end the year. Or even 3-9 last two seasons. Not peaking at the right time.
Mike Grimala @MikeGrimala: With Marvin Menzies out, the next step would be for UNLV to announce the new coach immediately— probably within in the next 24 hours. Wouldn't make sense to let Menzies go now unless the next guy was already lined up with ink on the contract.