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Breaking: Tony Sanchez to be fired at the end of the year

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UNLV will be looking for a new football coach heading into Allegiant Stadium

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UNLV announced today that it will part ways with head football coach Tony Sanchez at seasons end, Sanchez will coach the game Saturday against UNR. The Rebels are currently 3-8, and won its first conference game on Saturday against San Jose State.

In his five seasons, UNLV is 19-40 overall and 12-27 in the Mountain West Conference. During his time, UNLV has not finished higher than in third place in the West Division standings. The Rebels have not made a bowl game under Sanchez.

“I’m grateful for my time here and proud of the strides we made as a football program, on and off the field,” Sanchez said in a statement.

Sanchez came to UNLV after six seasons coaching at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. He went 85-5 as the Gaels coach and won six state championships. At UNLV, Sanchez self-raised the required funds for the Fertitta Football Complex that opened earlier this season.

In a statement, athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois said, “We appreciate everything that Tony has done for our university and football program.”

“He made us better. Because of his work and his vision, we have the best facilities in the Mountain West and rival some of the best in the country...Further, our football team has made great progress academically under Tony’s leadership.”

There is a press conference scheduled for today at 1:30pm with Sanchez and Reed-Francios.

This story is still developing and will be updated when information becomes available.