Everyone from Sports Illustrated to several local media outlets were quoting unnamed sources on Monday night that Bishop Gorman’s Tony Sanchez would be named UNLV’s next head football coach.
Maybe, but the man who helped turn the Gaels into a mythical national champion and a prep football powerhouse texted both MyLVsports.com and the Las Vegas Sun on Monday night that the reports were premature.
“Nothing official,” Sanchez said. “Just talking as of now.”
UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy texted the Sun that “there’s nothing new to report today.”
Sanchez has posted an 85-5 record at Gorman while winning six straight state titles including a 15-0 mark this year against one of the nation’s toughest schedules. He would become just the third high school coach to jump to a FBS head coaching job joining Todd Dodge (North Texas) and Gerry Faust (Notre Dame).
A source familiar with the coaching search said that Sanchez had been in negotiations for several days and that he had a list of changes that needed to be made to the program, including a boost in assistant coaches salaries, before he’d accept the job.
Sanchez would replace Bobby Hauck who resigned (wink, wink) after a 2-11 season and 15-49 overall record in five seasons.