The UNLV head coaching job has another name that is in the mix, and that is Cincinnati's Mick Cronin who is reportedly in the mix and first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. There are other reports that Cronin is expected to meet officials from UNLV on Monday.
Cronin has a 207-129 record in 10 seasons at Cincinnati and has made the NCAA Tournament six years in a row and he advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2012. His season ended in the first round losing to St. Joseph's after the Bearcats last-second dunk was called off.
He has won at each job he has been a head coach, prior to coming to Cincinnati he was the head coach at Murray State where he went to a pair of NCAA Tournament's and had a 69-24 record in three years. He also coached under some heavy weights which include Rick Pitino and Bob Huggins.
Cronin recently signed a seven-year contract with the Bearcats in 2014 and is making approximately $2.2 million per year, and he has said that he has no interest in other coaching jobs.
Salary is an issue once again as UNLV was paying former head coach Dave Rice $300,000 and his total compensation was around the $700,000 mark.
Talk around UNLV is that there is money to pay their next head coach well, hence Pitino being mentioned as a possibility, and if the Rebels are serious about landing a high quality coach they will have to shell out a lot more money than they have in the past.
The Cincinnati Inquirer has contacted Cronin about his name being connected with UNLV, but there has not been a returned call.