After leading the UNLV Rebels to a 7-6 season and the fourth bowl appearance school history, head coach Bobby Hauck was rewarded with a hefty raise of $200,000. However, not all the members of the Nevada Board of Regents believe him to be deserving of such a raise.
Regent Ron Knecht was the most vocal, telling the Las Vegas Sun that rewarding Hauck — who is 12-37 since he became coach of the Rebels — so handsomely is symptomatic of the unfortunate “arms race in college athletics” that keeps driving coaches’ salaries higher:
Somebody has to step back and say this thing is out of control. (Coaches’) compensation has gone up much faster than incomes of Nevadans. That’s an indication of a broken model. Someone has to do something to stop it.
Knecht was one of three regents to vote against Hauck’s raise. The other two were Andrea Anderson and Rick Trachok.
Regent Michael Wixom also expressed misgivings about the contract, but said it was part of the cost of doing business:
I’m not enamored with the contract either. But I don’t want to jeopardize the momentum (Hauck) has created. If we reject the contract, I’m afraid it will do immense harm.
Huack’s salary makes him the eighth highest-paid coach in the Mountain West Conference.
[Source: Las Vegas Sun]