The Las Vegas Review Journal's Mark Anderson recently reported that Stacey Augmon is moving on from the Runnin' Rebel program and returning to the NBA in a coaching capacity. Augmon was looked over for the interim head coaching position several months ago when Todd Simon replaced the departed Dave Rice.
Then, Augmon was overlooked again when the new coaching search began just over a month ago. Instead, Chris Beard became UNLV's head coach. However, before the ink dried on his contract, Beard decided to split from Vegas and take his chances as the new head coach of Texas Tech. Frantically, UNLV scrambled to find their replacement and they ended up with Marvin Menzies.
Bottom line: Augmon was not in their game plan for the future.
This had become just as apparent to the fans of UNLV Basketball as it did for Augmon, who according to Anderson, will be leaving the Rebel program and going back to the NBA in a coaching capacity. Previously, he spent four seasons as an assistant for the Denver Nuggets.
Augmon has not made any apparent official comments as to where he will land in the NBA, but recently showed his support for some current Runnin' Rebels participating in the NBA Draft Combine. He posted this photo with former Rebel and Combine participant, Patrick McCaw:
Rebelpride. pic.twitter.com/kNmkIkZ2IF— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) May 13, 2016
For many UNLV fans who appreciated Augmon both as an assistant coach as well as a player, they have to be happy that he is taking the next steps in his professional career. As much as the school must appreciate Augmon the player for bringing them their first (and only) basketball championship, the powers-that-be never seemed to fully embrace Augmon's future role as a coach.