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This sounds like it’s going to be dope. I wonder if this gets UNLV into the PAC 12?
From the blog Dr. Saturday: UNLV might be going from one of the worst stadium setups in college football to perhaps the best, and that includes a lot of palaces for the sport. UNLV's stadium proposal includes a 100-yard long video screen (take that, Jerry … Continue reading →
Looool at spending 800 million on a stadium for a program like UNLV. Maybe if they thought they could get an NFL team...
That said, I might check it out if I happened to be in Vegas when something was going on there. Certainly more likely than going all the way to Texas just to see the lolboys
If only Vegas had a better sports team of any kind.
Where the heck do they get money like that?
UNLV has a really good basketball team.
It's weird they're spending all this money on their football program though.
The UNLV Running Rebels are trying to become like the USC Trojans.
Despite being one of the largest media markets in the nation, Los Angeles lacks a NFL team. In its absence, the USC Trojans fill the void as a psuedo-pro team.
Likewise, Las Vegas is an untapped media market. UNLV can fill the void. Moreover, UNLV has intention of joining the Pac-12 conference when it expands again to 14 or 16 teams. By showing such a financial commitment, UNLV plans to gain the favor of the Pacific Conference.
Lastly, while UNLV is known for its basketball, the big money is in football. This is forward thinking move but it will take a brilliant coach (like Howard Schellenberger) to push the football program to national prominence. There's enough talent in California and Texas for UNLV to be a good/great program.
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That's true, but the chances of a Schnellenberger-type coach coming along are pretty much none to very slim. Obviously we've seen coaches to go terrible football schools and turn them around (Bill Snyder building up Kansas State is a classic example), but I don't see it happening, particularly because I think if UNLV does discover a top-notch coach, he'd just leave for a better program in a few years. Guys like Snyder and Pat Fitzgerald who have options to leave for greener pastures, but choose to stay are pretty rare.
(1) Given the dubious history of Las Vegas entertainment venues and real estate, I would maybe take two or three close looks into where that money is coming from and how real those plans are.
(2) Obviously UNLV football would not be the main argument for the stadium. Even if they succeed in getting a big bowl game, big boxing events (tho the number of possible fights that could fill a football stadium is tending toward nil), NFL exhibition games and concerts, you gotta wonder if it's financially viable.
(3) Big pro-style stadium for a not particularly popular football program, doesn't work out for Tulane..or Pitt and Miami and it didn't for Minnesota. UNLV seems more like just someone they had to involve because they need to show they can have regular events in the building to get the support they need.
The difference is UNLV, should/will now have the money and the resources to attract and keep a top tier HC, if they happen to find one.
I don’t see why UNLV can’t be an attractive job. Great facilities, big market, good location, and low exaptation’s considering where the program is right now.
Looks like they want to play in the big leagues.
11 National Titles | 42 Conference Titles | 3 Heisman Winners | 78 All-Americans | 37 College Hall of Fame Members
I agree they have potential, but it's hard to build up a program nowadays. We'll see what happens.
from degenerate gamblers
are they gonna have slot machines in every seat to pay for the stadium?
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