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Report: Rice no longer a USF candidate



UNLV coach Dave Rice is no longer a candidate for the same job at USF, ESPN reported Saturday.

The report, which didn't cite its sources, indicated Rice had no "official offer" from USF but there was an understanding he could have the job. The sources said that is no longer the case.

Various reports Friday night from Las Vegas indicated Rice met with new Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan earlier in the day in Tampa. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Rice had received a six-year offer worth $1.3 million annually.

"Dave does have a solid offer from South Florida," UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday night. "I really think that (Saturday) we'll have it resolved."

USF would neither confirm any offer to Rice nor convey any interest level in the 45-year-old former Runnin' Rebels backup guard, who has guided UNLV to three consecutive 20-win seasons.

Friday marked two full weeks since Bulls coach Stan Heath was fired after compiling a 97-130 record in seven seasons. Where USF's search goes from here is uncertain; it has hired a Texas-based private firm to vet candidates.

The school reached an agreement in principle with Manhattan's Steve Masiello earlier this week before nixing the offer when it was revealed Masiello had lied on his resume.

[Last modified: Saturday, March 29, 2014 1:00pm]


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