You can officially add another name to the ever growing list of players and coaches from last year that will not be returning to the Runnin' Rebels next season.
Former assistant coach Stacey Augmon has been informed he will not be retained by new head coach Chris Beard and has now finally commented on his disappointment in being passed over for the head coaching job in an article by Ed Graney and Mark Anderson of the Review Journal.
"I was disappointed when I didn't get the head job," Augmon said. "But as the process went on and on and new candidates became public, I figured it wasn't going to happen. I felt that I had put in so much blood and sweat for the program and deserved the chance to be the head coach and turn the program around. I kept hope alive, but I wasn't feeling it there at the end. I figured if they kept adding names, they weren't satisfied with what was already there."
Augmon's disappointment is understandable. He has sacrificed more than any other player for his alma mater. When Dave Rice came calling five years ago, Augmon was an assistant coach in the NBA, likely on track to eventually becoming an NBA head coach. He took a step back career wise, to come back and try and help his friend and former teammate Dave Rice build the program back to the national power it was under Jerry Tarkanian.
However, those goals were never realized, and due to the disappointment on the court the past three years, It's hard to fault athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy and President Len Jessup for wanting a fresh start. Only time will tell if passing over Augmon was the right decision.
Assistant Coaching Search Update
It's been reported by the Review Journal and multiple other media outlets that coach Chris Beard will be hiring Arkansas-Little Rock assistant coaches Mark Adams and Brian Burg and Tennessee assistant coach Chris Ogden as his new assistants at UNLV. No official announcements have been made at this point.