With the Raiders coming to town and bringing a gaudy new stadium with them, a new era is upon UNLV football. The Rebels, largely a Mountain West also-ran of late, are looking to take a leap forward in football.
Las Vegas is expected to become more of a football epicenter in the coming years. Having an NFL team is huge, but it also wouldn’t surprise to see major college games take place.
That presents a big opportunity for UNLV to try and take a step up to the upper tier of the Group of Five. The school is in a major, growing market with some solid high school football in the area, and access to California, which has plenty of talent to go around.
Now, the Rebs have a new head coach.
After firing Tony Sanchez following a 20-40 record from 2015-19, the program is set to name Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo as its next head coach.
Source: Oregon OC Marcus Arroyo will be the next head coach at UNLV
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 11, 2019
Arroyo, a former quarterback at San Jose State, has been with Oregon since 2017. Before that, he spent two years as running backs coach at Oklahoma State, and also has time at Southern Miss, Cal, Wyoming, his alma mater SJSU, Prairie View A&M, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He had been connected to this job for a while, but last night it looked like UNLV was going in a different direction.
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda looked keen on the job late last night, but things took a turn away from him soon thereafter, while Arroyo remained a major commodity.
Arroyo has spent the last few years grooming Justin Herbert, a potential first round pick at quarterback. Per SP+, the Ducks offense ranks 25th in the country this season.
Oregon, which won the Pac-12 championship with an upset of Utah last Friday, will play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.