No respect. No respect at all.
The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield would have been right at home with Bobby Hauck and the UNLV football team on Tuesday when the Mountain West preseason media poll and all-conference team were announced. The Rebels, who failed to place even one player on he 25-man all-Mountain West squad, were picked ninth ahead of just New Mexico, which has finished a woeful 1-11 three years in a row.
“Just the way we like it,” Hauck said with a smile. “We’ve got them just where we want them.”
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Hauck has been through this routine before and realizes most preseason predictions are based mainly on what you did last year and not as much on what you capable of doing this season.
The facts are UNLV has been a bad football program for almost a decade now, winning only two games in six of its past eight seasons including each of the first two under Hauck.
Hard to build much respect when you are a mighty 4-21 over the past two seasons.
“The other part of it is we have not won a bunch of games the last two years,” Hauck said. “That’s where we should be ranked. From a personal standpoint, been on the other end of that poll many times and it didn’t win us or lose us any games. It is what it is. We’re excited about the start of the season.”
The Rebels, who return 15 starters including standout running back Tim Cornett, 2011 freshman All-American offensive tackle Brett Boyko and explosive wide receiver/return man Marcus Sullivan, open practice on Aug. 7 at Rebel Park. They open the season with four straight home games starting with an improved Minnesota team from the Big Ten Conference on Aug. 30.
Hauck believes that the Rebels will be much improved in Year 3 of his rebuilding project.
“There have been times (during the past two seasons) where we have not been competitive against the teams that we have had to play against,” Hauck said. “My expectations are that we can line up on any given Saturday and win the game. We’re finally getting to that point where we believe that we can win against any team that is on our schedule.”
Hear more about what Hauck had to say at today’s Mountain West Media Day had in the video above.