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Jaylen Fisher, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Arlington (TN) Bolton and Team Thad, has plenty of suitors now that he's decommitted from UNLV.

Seton Hall, Ohio State, TCU, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Baylor, UConn, Ole Miss, Central Florida, California, Western Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Texas Tech and LSU have all been in contact, his AAU coach Norton Hurd said Monday.

Hurd said Fisher had no visits planned and wouldn't be doing any interviews.

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NEW YORK -- While the coaching and roster situations at UNLV remain unresolved, one former Runnin' Rebels commit is moving forward.

St. Thomas More's Christian Vital, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Queens Village, has cut his list to three schools, Louisville, UConn and Iowa.

A source told SNY.tv that Vital will take official visits to the Huskies on Monday and the Cardinals on Friday. Those will be his third and fourth officials, respectively, after visiting UNLV and Dayton earlier in the recruiting process.

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After Chris Beard bolted UNLV for Texas Tech, the school has now turned to New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies.

The school interviewed Menzies over the phone on Friday and a deal could be reached soon, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. UNLV previously interviewed Menzies in person before initially hiring Beard.

After taking the UNLV job in late March, Beard on Friday agreed to become the next head coach at Texas Tech, replacing Tubby Smith, who took the Memphis job. ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported the deal is for five years. Beard was to earn $900,000 annually at UNLV.

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Transferring UNLV sophomore forward Dwyane Morgan has a top four of St. John's, Clemson, Maryland and VCU, team Melo Basketball coach Dwayne Wise told SNY.tv.

"Those are the only schools he's going to visit," Wise said.

The 6-foot-8 Morgan averaged 5.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.3 minutes with the Runnin' Rebels. He will sit out the upcoming season.

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 (Orlando Jorge Ramirez)
(Orlando Jorge Ramirez)

One day after it was first reported Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, UNLV freshman center Stephen Zimmerman announced he will enter the NBA Draft.

The 7-foot Zimmerman averaged 10.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks this season for the Rebels, who are in the process of hiring a new coach for next season.

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(Stephen R. Sylvanie / USA Today Sports)

The NCAA has disqualfied high-flying UNLV freshman forward Derrick Jones after his test score was cancelled by the ACT and his attorney says the move is racially motivated.

Jones, who initially chose UNLV over UConn and Auburn out of Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll, is now unable to practice or play with the Rebels.

"The NCAA notified the University of Nevada-Las Vegas yesterday that the ACT test score of Freshmen forward, Derrick Jones, Jr. had been cancelled by the ACT resulting in his status being changed to 'non-qualifier,'" attorney Don Jackson wrote in a statement. "This decision came in the aftermath of the NCAA's designating Jones as a full qualifier and Jones participating in thirty basketball games this season."

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NEW YORK CITY - August 22, 2015: Under Armour Elite 24 game at Pier 2 in Brooklyn New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
NEW YORK CITY - August 22, 2015: Under Armour Elite 24 game at Pier 2 in Brooklyn New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

Rawle Alkins will take an official visit to UNLV beginning Tuesday -- his second official following last week's trip to his hometown St. John's where he met Steve Kerr, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson at Madison Square Garden.

The Rebels, who recently fired coach Dave Rice and replaced him on an interim basis with associate head coach Todd Simon, host San Jose State on Wednesday. Assistant coach Ryan Miller is the lead recruiter.

The 6-foot-4 Word of God Academy (N.C.) guard also recently took an unofficial to Arizona.

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Kobi Simmons, a 6-foot-5 lead guard from Alpharetta (GA) St. Francis, is down to three schools and will announce his college choice on Saturday at halftime of the 6 p.m. game on ESPN between Athlete Institute and Findlay Prep.

After entering his recruitment just recently, Arizona is expected to land Simmons, sources told SNY.tv. Ohio State is no longer involved, sources said.

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman deliver a new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. 

First up, new interim UNLV head coach Todd Simon joins the show to discuss the state of the program and the current recruiting class. Then, Butler head coach Chris Holtmann calls in to talk about Roosevelt Jones, the Big East, and his recruiting philosophy. 

Later, Adam and Josh talk to Jason Curry of Big Apple Basketball about the event this weekend, including the big names that will be there like Rawle Alkins, Sacha Killeya-Jones, and more. Finally, the show wraps with a college hoops news round up, including all the rumors surrounding John Calipari and his future.

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Jan 9, 2016; Laramie, WY, USA; UNLV Runnin' Rebels guard Patrick McCaw (22) brings the ball up court against the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys beat the Runnin' Rebels 59-57. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Babbitt)
Jan 9, 2016; Laramie, WY, USA; UNLV Runnin' Rebels guard Patrick McCaw (22) brings the ball up court against the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys beat the Runnin' Rebels 59-57. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Babbitt)

New UNLV head coach Todd Simon and his staff are in the process of reaching out to the program's Class of 2016 recruits, sources told SNY.tv.

UNLV has a four-man class of point guard Jaylen Fischer, shooting guard Christian Vital and small forwards Justin Jackson and Carlos Johnson. Vital and Johnson have signed paperwork, while Fischer and Jackson have given verbal pledges.

Jere Quinn, Vital's high school coach at St. Thomas More, said UNLV assistant Ryan Miller had reached out to Vital, who signed paperwork with UNLV but not a Letter of Intent.

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UNLV has fired coach Dave Rice, and Todd Simon will take over as the interim head coach. (Troy Babbitt / USA Today Sports)
UNLV has fired coach Dave Rice, and Todd Simon will take over as the interim head coach. (Troy Babbitt / USA Today Sports)

Dave Rice is out as the UNLV head coach.

The University said on Sunday that Rice resigned, but a source close to the staff said the coach was "fired."

Todd Simon, in his third season on staff and his first as associate head coach, will take over as the interim head coach. Simon is the former head coach at Findlay Prep and also a former UNLV video assistant.

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Former St. John?s big man Chris Obekpa will transfer to UNLV, according to a post on his Instagram page.

The 6-foot-9 Obekpa will sit the upcoming season per NCAA rules and be eligible in 2016-17.

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Ike Nwamu is transferring to UNLV and will be immediately eligible.

He Tweeted his decision Saturday night.

"I was really comfortable with the coaching staff, the situation and the personnel," Nwamu told SNY.tv. "The role they envision for me is to be able to come in and contribute at a high level."

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By JOSH NEWMAN

NEW YORK - Stephen Zimmerman staying home to attend UNLV next year changes the perception of the Rebels in 2015-16.

With the 7-foot center in the fold, at least one other Rebels recruit, Derrick Jones, seems to have a pretty clear idea of how good UNLV can be next winter.

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NEW YORK -- On Wednesday at the Jordan Brand practice, Stephen Zimmerman?said he was?nearing the end of the recruiting process and was?ready for it to be over.

"Whenever I find out, I might just Tweet it and go to sleep," he told SNY.tv on then.

On the eve of Friday's Jordan Brand Classic, the 7-footer from Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman?did just that.

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By CHIP MILLER & ADAM ZAGORIA

NEW YORK -- UNLV had just beaten Temple Saturday night in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center and Lori Stevens was already texting words of congratulations to assistant coaches?Ryan Miller and Todd Simon.

That is significant, of course, because Stevens is the mother of Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-footer from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman who took his last official?visit to UNLV?last weekend.

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By CHRIS RUSSELL

NEW YORK -- ?A day after losing to?Stanford by 29 points, UNLV bounced back with a 57-50 Victory over the Temple Owls at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.

Much of UNLV?s success came from the courageous performance of?6-foot-11 sophomore Christian Wood, who went for?18 points on 8-for-15 shooting and 13 rebounds.

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After insisting all along that he would wait until the spring to commit, Derrick Jones saw enough this fall to make a decision.

The high-flying?6-foot-7 wing from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll committed to?UNLV Thursday on ESPNU, choosing the Rebels over UConn and Auburn.

"I'm going to take my talents to UNLV," Jones said on ESPNU. "Just when I went up there on my visit, I just stepped on campus and I felt like it was a family there. I got to know all the basketball players there, and it just felt like a brotherhood there."

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Derrick Jones, a 6-foot-7 wing forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll,?will announce his college choice Thursday on ESPNU from 6-7 p.m, Adam Finkelstein reports.

Jones will join Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere in revealing their college choices at that time.

Jones is down to?UNLV, Auburn and ?UConn.

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Jalen Poyser has committed to UNLV over Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure.

Ranked No. 84 in the class of 2015 by Rivals, the 6-foot-4 Canadian point guard from Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ontario is the first 2015 commit for the Running Rebels. UNLV also has a pledge from 6-7 2016 Findlay Prep forward Justin Jackson.

"I am happy to let everyone know that I'm committing to the UNLV Running Rebels," Poyser said on Twitter. "I think it's the best decision for me and family.

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Jalen Poyser, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Canada's Athlete Institute and CIA Bounce,?enjoyed his weekend official visit to UNLV and will hold off on any more visits for now.

UNLV assistant Todd Simon coached Poyser at Findlay Prep before the floor general returned home to Canada to Athlete Institute.

"Jalen Poyser's official visit to UNLV this past weekend was very good," Mark Poyser, the player's father, told SNY.tv. "Coach [Dave] Rice,?Coach Simon and the staff were very welcoming and made us feel at home. Jalen is a need and a priority for their program and it's clear how his skillset fits in. Coach's vision for the future is exciting. Their academics are on par with what we want."

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Derrick Jones, a 6-foot-7 wing forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, enjoyed his?visit to UNLV for??the Scarlet & Gray Showcase, his father told SNY.tv.

"The visit was great," Derrick Jones Sr. said. "We really like Coach [Dave] Rice, Coach [Ryan] Miller and the rest of the UNLV family. They said with the talent that Derrick's got, they would use him in multiple ways depending where the mismatch is."

Jones, who is also being courted by?UConn and Auburn, among others, is not expected to commit until the spring.

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Derrick Jones, a 6-foot-7 wing forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, will visit UNLV Thursday for??the Scarlet & Gray Showcase, his father told SNY.tv.

UNLV assistant Ryan Miller watched Jones work out at his school this past week, and the Rebels are among the schools recruiting Jones the hardest, along with UConn and Auburn.

"I like their style of play and they have a great coaching staff," Derrick Jones Sr. said of UNLV. "Even though I know Derrick can adapt to any system, UNLV plays the way Derrick likes to play."

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UNLV landed a big-time commit Monday night when they received a verbal pledge from Justin Jackson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound 2016 small forward from?Findlay Prep.

The Toronto native and No. 4 small forward in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Jackson said he also considered Louisville, Illinois and Arizona, but chose UNLV because of his relationship with head coach Dave Rice and assistant Todd Simon, the former Findlay Prep coach.

"I fell in love with UNLV from the first time I saw it," Jackson said by phone.

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Jerome Seagears is?headed to UNLV.

The 6-foot-1 former Rutgers guard committed while on a visit to the Las Vegas school on Wednesday.

"He liked the style of play and the chance to play point guard in a more traditional offense," his former high school coach, Darrick Bond, told SNY.tv. "He was also comfortable with the coaching staff."

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UNLV junior forward?Khem Birch has declared for the?NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9?Canadian center?averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game and is a two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

?After talking at length with my family, I have decided to pursue my professional career,? Birch said in a statement released by the school. ?It was a tough decision, one that I thought about for a very long time.?

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NEW YORK -- UNLV not only kept their head coach.

They kept?their loaded recruiting class intact, too.

By saying they will recommend a contract extension?with head coach Dave Rice through the 2018-19 season instead of letting him flee to sunny?South Florida, the Runnin' Rebels also kept intact a three-man recruiting class of Dwayne Morgan, Goodluck Okonoboh and Rashad Vaughn

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Rashad Vaughn is staying in Las Vegas for college.

"Next year I'll be attending UNLV," Vaughn said on CBSSports Network.

"Me and Coach [Dave] Rice kicked off a relationship from the jump and I just liked everything he was talking about. And I liked the blueprint that he set out for me. And me and family, we just decided that this was the best for me."

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Rashad Vaughn?didn't have to go far for his official visit to UNLV.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Minnesota attends high school in Las Vegas at Findlay Prep.

Vaughn will be at UNLV Tuesday night for the Illinois game, he told SNY.tv.

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UNLV sophomore forward?Savon Goodman?has decided to leave the Runnin' Rebel program, head coach?Dave Rice?said Friday.

"I have enjoyed my time at UNLV and am thankful for the support of the fans, my teammates and coaches since I have been here," Goodman said. "However, I have felt a lot of pressure the last few months. I feel it is best for me to leave the program at this time. Even though I am from Philadelphia, I will always think of Las Vegas as another home."

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Goodman?allegedly stole $500, a pair of shoes and 26 video games in May?from a friend?s apartment. He was charged Aug. 15 in Las Vegas Township Justice Court with conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary and grand larceny. The latter two are felonies.

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Goodluck Okonboh,?No. 21 in the ESPN 100, is headed to UNLV.

The 6-foot- 9 Okonoboh, who center at Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Mass.), picked the Rebels over?Ohio State and Indiana.

"Next year I'll be attending the University of Las Vegas," he said on ESPNU.

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Anthony Bennett will undergo rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday and won't participate in the drills at the Chicago Draft Combine next week, his agent, Mike George, confirmed to SNY.tv.

"He'll do the interview part and everything but he'll miss the workouts," George said by phone.

"He'll be back for training camp so that's why we decided to do it earlier."

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Mike Moser faces a tough decision.

The former UNLV junior has an array of options that all have their appeal.

Moser, a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds last year with the Rebels, is considering Gonzaga, Washington and Oregon and likes aspects of each school.

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Baltimore St. Frances forward Dwayne Morgan is off the board.

The 6-foot-8 forward made the announcement at his high school and also wrote the following post for ZAGSBLOG.

"Wassup, basketball word? This is Dwayne Morgan. I will be doing my latest blog on my decision for college in the next year.

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Huntington (W.V.) Prep shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes?on Saturday committed to Florida State, the alma mater of his father, choosing the Seminoles over Illinois and UConn.

"In the end with Florida State I just felt it was a family atmosphere," the Canadian said on CIA Bounce TV. "Coach [Leonard] Hamilton is a great guy and their coaching staff, I just felt really welcome to the program. I?feel like I can go there and make an immediate impact in the best conference in America."

The 6-foot-4 Rathan Mayes averaged?14.6 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds a game while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range as a junior.

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On the same day his Philadelphia Constitution teammate Daiquan Walker committed to UCF, Savon Goodman also made a verbal pledge.

The 6-foot-6 wing chose UNLV over SMU and Pittsburgh, sources confirmed to SNY.tv. after Ryan Greene initially broke the news.

?He?s a terrific athlete,? New York recruiting expert?Tom Konchalski?previously told SNY.tv of Goodman, who averaged 28 points and 14 rebounds this season. ?He?s 6-6 and he has a motor with a four-year warranty. He plays extremely hard.

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UNLV keeps piling up talented frontcourt bodies for the future.

After landing Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch and Findlay Prep's Anthony Bennett, both McDonald's All-Americans, the Rebels on Friday landed a commitment from UConn transfer Roscoe Smith.?

"He brings invaluable experience after being a two-year starter at UConn and a starter on [their] national title team," UNLV coach Dave Rice told Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.

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By THEO RABINOWITZ & ADAM ZAGORIA

NEW YORK -- Playing in his first event since signing a Letter of Intent with UNLV on Tuesday, Anthony Bennett ?went off for 24 points and 10 rebounds at the IS8 Nike Spring Classic in Queens.

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After months of speculation, Findlay Prep forward Anthony Bennett has finally made a decision.

The 6-foot-7 Canadian forward chose UNLV over Oregon on Saturday and will join fellow Canadian and close friend?Khem Birch in the Rebels' frontcourt. He will sign his Letter of Intent Monday, Findlay assistant coach Todd Simon told SNY.tv.

Bennett previously cut Florida and then Kentucky from his list.

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Because of a pulled right hamstring, Findlay Prep senior forward Anthony Bennett will be a gametime decision for today's ESPNU tilt against Shabazz Muhammad and Bishop Gorman at UNLV.

?We don?t want to make it worse and make it something that lingers beyond us next fall into college,? Findlay coach Michael Peck told the Las Vegas Sun.

UNLV fans figure to be out in force for the nationally televised game since the Rebels have offers out to both players.

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Does hometown UNLV have a real shot at landing Shabazz Muhammad?

If you listen to what his Bishop Gorman teammate, Demetris Morant, told FiveStarBasketball.com, the answer is yes.

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As the head coach at Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.),?Michael Peck?is in the unique position of working in the same city in which both?Shabazz Muhammad?and?Anthony Bennett?currently play high school ball.

A handful of elite programs are targeting the two players, with?Kentucky?and?UNLV?in the mix for both.

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Former Pittsburgh forward Khem Birch is headed to UNLV in what could be the makings of a big 2012 class for the Rebels.

The former McDonald's All-American committed Monday after visiting the campus with his mother, Wendy Sparks, and CIA Bounce coach Mike George.

The 6-foot-9 Birch also considered Florida and New Mexico State.

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Katin Reinhardt is off the board.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei verbally pledged to UNLV on Thursday.

"Katin committed to UNLV," his father, Ernie, told SNY.tv. "He liked the style of play, the coach [Dave Rice] and UNLV basketball."

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Odds are, Shabazz Muhammad will ultimately wind up at Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Texas, UCLA or some other basketball blueblood.

But don't count out UNLV.

Vegas is the hometown school for the 6-foot-6 Bishop Gorman star who dropped 39 points Friday to help his Dream Vision 17s overcome a 12-point first-half deficit and beat the Atlanta Celtics, 87-80, in the adidas 64.

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By ALEX KLINE & ADAM ZAGORIA

As the coaching carousel has been in full effect recently, a number of moves have taken a toll on recruiting. The latest has hit the UNLV Runnin' Rebels.

2013 Findlay Prep guard Nigel Williams-Goss, a UNLV commit, decided on Saturday night that it would be best if he re-opened his recruitment.

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Dave Rice is the new head coach at UNLV, according to multiple reports.

He will be introduced at press conference at 4 p.m. on Monday in the?Mack Board Room, according to Ryan Greene of the Las Vegas Sun.

The BYU associate head coach for the past three seasons under Dave Rose, Rice was a reserve under Jerry Tarkanian on the 1990 national championship team and 1991 Final Four team. He then spent 11 years as an assistant at UNLV before Lon Kruger arrived in 2004.

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As the Coaching Carousel spins on, Manhattan, Miami and UNLV are still seeking coaches. Here's a brief rundown on where each school is at:

MANHATTAN: The school offered the job to LIU coach Jim Ferry, but the two sides could not agree on the financials. Sources said Ferry was seeking in the neighborhood of seven years at $350,000 per, and the school is willing to pay more like $175,000, plus about $200,000 for the staff.

The administration is now split between Rhode Island College coach Bob Walsh and Louisville assistant Steve Masiello, sources said.

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