PODCAST: New Mexico finds its coach, UNLV loses a coach
New coaches coming to the conference.
Who is going to UNLV?
Jeremy, Andy and Larry are back to take a look at the Mountain West coaching searches that came to an end and others that are heating up. New Mexico landed on Richard Pitino who was recently let go at Minnesota after another subpar year. He is becoming a Lobo partly due to his connection with New Mexico AD Eddie Nunez and also Bill Donovan who was Nunez’s coach when Donovan was winning national titles at Florida. The move makes sense in that regards and Pitino is a fine hire as there were worse options out there but not many that were really better. It came down to Tim Miles who most recently was at Nebraska and helped build up Colorado State before. Overall, it was a nice hire.
The move that almost came out of nowhere was T.J. Otzelberger leaving UNLV for the Iowa State job. This was a move up despite Otzelberger having a 29-30 record in his two years in Las Vegas. As for who will replace him, all three of us are throwing darts because UNLV fancies itself as a big time job but it hasn’t been nationally relevant in a decade. One name that is safe and could work out is Todd Simon who is at Southern Utah and spent time as an assistant at UNLV, a short stint as the interim head coach, and was the Findlay Prep head coach.