The University of South Florida might well have caught a break Saturday when UNLV head coach Dave Rice decided to stay put in Vegas. Truth be told he never really seemed to be a good fit considering he never really had much experience recruiting east of the Mississippi River.
Yesterday Rice was looking for a reason to remain as UNLV’s basketball coach, and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy and Don Snyder, the school’s acting president, gave it to him Saturday.
A day after Rice received a surprising six-year contract offer from South Florida, he parlayed it into a new deal that provides him more job security at UNLV.
Kunzer-Murphy and Snyder announced they will recommend that Rice receive a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season, pending approval by the Nevada Board of Regents. Rice’s current contract has three years left at $700,000 per year.
The new list of USF targets include Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg, New Mexico coach Craig Neal, Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua, Florida assistant John Pelphrey and Florida State assistant Stan Jones.