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Conflicting reports on UNLV hiring Tony Sanchez

UNLV and Tony Sanchez are saying the Sports Illustrated report is not accurate.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Monday night a report surfaced from Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans that UNLV and Bishop Gorman High School head coach Tony Sanchez were in the process of finalizing a deal to become the Rebels next head coach.

As soon as those reports came out, both Sanchez and UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy denied a deal was in place.

"Nothing more as of now," Sanchez messaged the Las Vegas Sun, and Kunzer-Murphy also told the paper that there is "nothing new to report today."

It should be noted that the Sun also had a source confirm that Sanchez is set to be hired as the UNLV head coach.

A reason the two sides are not saying a deal is in the works is because a contract must be approved by the Nevada State Board of Regents. There is a special meeting called amongst that groups at 1:30 p.m. PST on Dec. 16 which is likely to go over and approve the contract for the next UNLV football coach.

If this hire goes through, then Sanchez would be the third-ever high school coach to go from that level to coach college football.

Todd Dodge of Southlake Carroll in Texas and won three straight undefeated high school championships, but at North Texas went 6-37 in Dodge's four seasons from 2006-10.

The other is Gerry Faust coached Cincinnati's Moeller High for 20 years and there he had seven undefeated state titles and four of those teams earned national championships. HIs hire at Notre Dame was more successful with a 30-26-1 record, but for the Irish that was not good enough.

While UNLV is in the gambling capital of the United State, the Rebels should not be making a risk on their hire, and tabbing a high school coach is doing just that.