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New Mexico State's Marvin Menzies withdraws name from UNLV coaching job

The Aggies head coach has decided to take his name out of consideration for the Rebels job.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The search for the next UNLV coach has been public with Mick Cronin and Saint Mary's Randy Bennett rejected a $1.5 million per year offer, and now Mark Rudi of the Cruces Suns News is reporting that Marvin Menzies is not interested.

Menzies was in Las Vegas on over the weekend to interview for the Rebels vacancy, which has been open for months, but he has elected to stay at his post and coach the Aggies in Las Cruces.

"I felt it was good to go through the (interviewing) process with a school like UNLV that has such a strong national brand," Menzies told the Las Cruces Sun-News. "However, I felt it was best to remove my name from consideration at this time. After discussing it with my wife and my family, I felt it was best to remove my name at this time."

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that Menzies is getting an extension to stay on as the New Mexico State's head coach.

Menzies has coached the Aggies for nine seasons with good results as he has a 198-111 overall record, four straight WAC tournament titles and they made a fifth championship game this year but came up short to Cal State Bakersfield in that title game.

He also has never finished lower than third place in the WAC regular season and either won or shared the conference regular season title three times. He also guided New Mexico State to five NCAA tournament appearances.

His withdrawal might also have something to with the Rebels interviewing Chris Beard from Arkansas Little, and Menzies saw the writing on the wall that he was not going to get the job and decided to remove his name from consideration. However, landing an extension shows that the Aggies are committed to being one of the top teams in the WAC.

As of now, Beard is the only candidate that has interviewed for the job and has not rejected an offer, so unless UNLV really has interest in the former St. John's and UCLA coach Steve Lavin, all signs are pointing to the Rebels hiring Beard.