Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Dave Rice out, USF search continues

TAMPA — Roughly 24 hours after a flirtation with USF, UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice received a contract extension from the Runnin' Rebels.

UNLV confirmed Saturday that president Donald Snyder and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy were recommending a two-year extension through 2019 — with a heightened incentive package — to its state's board of regents.

Various reports Friday night from Las Vegas indicated that Rice had met with new Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan and had been offered the USF job, and Kunzer-Murphy described the offer as "solid." The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Rice had received a six-year offer worth $1.3 million annually.

Rice's current contract has three years remaining at $700,000 annually.

Early Saturday, ESPN reported that Rice, 45, no longer was a candidate at USF.

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; the school has hired a Texas-based private firm to vet candidates.

Harlan was not at the football team's spring intrasquad game on campus Saturday.

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