UNLV has zeroed in on their next head coach and it is a coach that is right in their own backyard. Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans is reporting that the Rebels are in the process of hiring Bishop Gorman's Tony Sanchez.
Sanchez has been a front runner for the job ever since Bobby Hauck resigned as head coach the day before UNLV lost to rival Nevada. Bishop Gorman High School is one of the most dominant teams in Nevada, and ever since Sanchez took over as head coach six years ago he has led the Gaels to six-straight Nevada state high school championship. He is also likely to earn the mythical national championship for Bishop Gorman this year. Another amazing feat is that he did not lose a game to any Nevada high school team during his time at Bishop Gorman.
Sanchez has nothing left to prove at the high school level, so it is natural for him to test his coaching abilities at the collegiate level, but there are questions since the jump is so big.
Sanchez's collegiate coaching credentials are small and his only coaching job at that level came in 1996 as an undergraduate assistant at New Mexico State where he coached the wide receivers.
KLAS-TV in Las Vegas first reported that Sanchez was heading to UNLV on Dec. 3, but between then and now multiple reports refuted that story and Sanchez did as well.