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UNLV Fan Offers to Name First-Born Child After Top Recruit Shabazz Muhammad

In the world of sports we have crazy fans, and then we have crazy baby-naming fans.  The latter are people who are willing to make a life decision to showcase their devotion.  Remember the NBA Finals when that Cleveland radio host decided she hated LeBron so much she would name her son Dirk?  That’s what we call commitment — or insanity.  You can figure that one out on your own.

As The Dagger pointed out on Thursday, there is a UNLV fan who has made a similar promise in an attempt to improve the future of the UNLV men’s basketball team.  Top recruit and Las Vegas native Shabazz Muhammad says a fan — who was not named — tweeted him recently and promised to name their first-born child after him if he chooses to play basketball at UNLV.

That was pretty crazy,” Muhammad said. “There’s a lot of stuff that goes on Twitter. Sometimes at (Las Vegas Bishop) Gorman, the UNLV fans come to practice and they have No. 15 jerseys with my name on the back. It’s pretty hectic. The last time we practiced at Gorman, there were 200 UNLV fans there.”

Muhammad is the consensus No. 1 player in the class of 2012, so UNLV fans are hopeful he will stay home and help put them back on the map.  With Muhammad considering other destinations that include Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky, the Runnin’ Rebels are a long shot to land the forward.  I suppose if you want to display the ultimate show of affection, the first-born child name game is a good place to start.

Jerry Tarkanian Supports Reggie Theus and Larry Johnson for UNLV Coaching Job

Lon Kruger left UNLV’s basketball program to take the head coaching job at Oklahoma last week, leaving the Rebels searching for a new head coach. Contrary to popular belief, the job is not available on craigslist, but rather one for which athletic director Jim Livengood is nailing down finalists. The two names most prominently mentioned in connection with the vacancy are Reggie Theus and Dave Rice. When reached by phone on Monday, former UNLV national championship coach Jerry Tarkanian told Larry Brown Sports he supports former players Theus and Larry Johnson for the job.

Coach Tarkanian told LBS he recommended Reggie Theus for several reasons, saying “He’s got a great personality and he can talk with anybody.” Tark added that Theus “has been a good head coach, and the people love him in Vegas.”

He also said he supported his former player Larry Johnson, who is considered the best UNLV player in the program’s history, for the job. Tark acknowledged that Johnson’s lack of head coaching experience hurts him in the search, but says he thinks Larry would do a great job because he’s such a good person. In an interview with LBS last month, Johnson told us he was interested in coaching.

Overall, Tarkanian said Lon Kruger did a real good job as head coach of the program.

No replacement has been named yet, but Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a hire could be made this week. Ryan Greene says that Theus and Livengood talked Sunday night but that Rice is the favorite to get the job.

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UNLV Coaching Job Mocked in Funny Craigslist Post

UNLV is looking for a new basketball coach now that Lon Kruger has left for Oklahoma. The Las Vegas Review-Journal says former Rebels Dave Rice and Reggie Theus are top candidates and that a hire could be announced as early as Tuesday. They also say that Bob Knight expressed interest in the job, and LBS favorite Larry Johnson is also interested. But according to this mock posting on Craigslist (shared by Bryan Fischer on twitter), all you have to be is a former UNLV broadcaster to be considered for the job.

Here are some of the funnier points from the fake job post:

> Position will remain open until filled or until the publicity is just overwhelming.
> Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree (no matter how long it took you to get it)
> Any mention in the press by Jerry Tarkanian will greatly improve your chances of an interview and in that case, *no* previous coaching experience will be required.
> Special consideration will be given to any candidate who has had a face to face altercation with Steve Kerr.

Again, before you start sending in the hate mail, keep in mind this was just a joke. The reality is that ties to UNLV do help one’s chances of landing the job. But as for the report that Bob Knight expressed interest? Can you possibly imagine Knight coaching at the same place where Jerry Tarkanian became a legend? Neither can I. But if you want to read actual news on the job, we spoke with Jerry Tarkanian who shared his thoughts on who should be the next head coach.

Here’s the post in its entirety, and tell me it isn’t the funnies craigslist posting you’ve seen since this and this.

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