Mike Sanford's Final Words

Mike Sanford held a press conference today to discuss being fired as the head coach of the UNLV Rebels.  Interesting comments here by Sanford.  He firmly believes that he did not fail as a head coach, but the University of Nevada, Las Vegas does not give enough commitment to Rebel football to succeed.  

He does not take credit for the lack of success at all.  Sanford feels that he was not given enough time to produce a winning record.

Sanford compares the situation to that of the University of Utah.  He noted that the University of Utah gave the commitment necessary to compete at a BCS level with facilities, finances and community support.  He asks the boosters and people high in the program to address this issue.

In the last 20 years that UNLV has played close to, or at BCS level competition, no football coach has left this program with a winning record, which includes a man, John Robinson who is being inducted into the college football hall of fame in December.

In my opinion, this must be a systemic infrastructure and commitment issue, not a coaching issue.  One thing that i really ask to those who really care about this program... I really ask you to look at this issue, and face the reality of this issue.

UNLV has slightly improved since Sanford took over in 2005, but not by much.  Here is how his career has gone as the UNLV head coach:

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He thinks that the incoming players will be a part of the best team in UNLV history.  He said:

With 6 incoming grey shirts that are coming into this program this spring, with the 8 early commitments that we have at this point, along with filling the rest of the 11 scholarships out of 25 total that we had to give. This will be best and fastest team in UNLV history.  

It will be the first time in many years to be at, or close to 85 scholarships. Five years was not enough time to build this program from where it was from where we inherited it in 2005 in the areas of player ability, depth, player character and academic success.

Sanford will coach the team in their final game against San Diego State.

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