Posts Tagged ‘UNLV’

J.R. RIDER FINDS GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT (KINDA)

October 16, 2009

J.R. RIDER

Troubled NBA veteran J.R. Rider has signed with the North Texas fresh of the ABA. Rider has been beset by drug and criminal incidents in recent years. He has not played in the NBA in eight seasons.

North Texas plays its first game at a high school gym in Fort Worth in November.

FORMER UNLV GUARD GETS TRYOUT WITH KNICKS

June 29, 2009

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WINK ADAMS

Former UNLV basketball player Wink Adams has signed with the New York Knicks to play with their Summer League team in Las Vegas.

“BIG LOVE” FOR DEPARTING UNLV BASKETBALL PLAYER

March 13, 2009

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UNLV BASKETBALL TEAM ELIMINATED EARLY FROM MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT

The UNLV Rebels put their NCAA tournament hopes in serious jeopardy with an early exit from the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament Thursday. UNLV lost a 71-57 decision to San Diego State before only 10,856 fans at the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas.

The loss concludes a disappointing season for UNLV, which finishes 21-10 despite high preseason expectations. Next year’s team may finish with a better record, but their attendance may actually decline with the loss of one player-senior forward Joe Darger. Darger isn’t exactly a fan favorite for the Rebels. However, he DOES bring a large contingent of fans to UNLV games. That group consists of Darger’s family. You see, Joe Darger has two mommies.

If you’ve ever seen the HBO series “Big Love,” Darger is the product of a similar family situation. His father belongs to a particular sect of Mormonism that still believes in plural marriage. That religion is in no way affiliated with the official LDS church, which denounced polygamy long ago. Darger never talks about his family’s arrangement, but his father, John, has at least two wives and 18 children. Darger’s family situation has been written about nationally in the New York Times and mentioned on various blogs, but was first reported by Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Matt Youmans.

Darger finished the season with a scoring average of 9.2 points per game. He scored in double figures 12 times this season and had 20 in a game against Colorado State. However, Darger’s most important contribution to UNLV may have been at  the box office. UNLV home games regularly featured up to a couple of entire rows of seating filled with Darger fans. And, that just included members of his immediate family.

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JOE DARGER

ALMOST AN UPSET: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY HOLDS ON FOR 42-35 WIN OVER UNLV

October 26, 2008

UNLV RUNNING BACK FRANK “THE TANK” SUMMERS

J.R. RIDER ARRESTED FOR GRAND THEFT AUTO

September 23, 2008

ISAIAH RIDER

Former UNLV and NBA basketball player Isaiah “J.R.” Rider certainly found his share of trouble when he was still playing. Now that he’s retired, Rider may be headed for prison.

Fresh off a seven-month stint for abducting a woman, Rider was arrested in the Skid Row section of Los Angeles for grand theft auto.

UNLV COPS BOOED FOR TEARING DOWN “OCTABONG”

September 3, 2008

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WILL NEVADA SCHOOLS DROP FOOTBALL TO COPE WITH BUDGET WOES?

August 23, 2008

Nevada governor Jim Gibbons and Chancellor Jim Rogers are in a budget war over higher education dollars. The casualty may be the two division one football teams in the state of Nevada.

Rogers has threatened to eliminate football at UNLV before. Now with the state’s budget in “crisis” and Rogers unwilling to make cuts in education something has to go. Gibbons has steadfastly refused to raise taxes in any fashion even temporarily. Rogers has argued against cutting university funding in times of increased growth and costs to schools.

At least one blog makes the argument that Rogers is willing to hit the sports nuclear option and eliminate college football at both UNLV and the University of Nevada in Reno. UNLV football seems especially vulnerable. And if you think that’s just a scare tactic, consider that Gibbons himself sent out a memo recently chastising the number of university employees who make over $100,000 a year.

For the record, a Las Vegas Sun article points out that 18 employees of the UNLV athletic department make over $100,000 a year. SEVEN of those employees are on the UNLV football coaching staff. The Rebels have won just two games for three seasons in a row. As columnist Ron Kantowski points out, that’s $50,000 a win.

Not exactly a good investment in tough economic times.

 

UNLV FOOTBALL COACH MIKE SANFORD: LAST MAN STANDING?