Brian Polian will reportedly become the new head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack football program.
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports said Polian, Texas A&M’s special teams coordinator, has been offered the job and is expected to accept (via Twitter):
Texas A&M stc Brian Polian has been offered and is expected to become the next Nevada head coach,a source tells CBS.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 6, 2013
Polian will replace former head coach Chris Ault, who retired from football on Dec. 28, 2012, after 28 seasons as a head coach.
Ault was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He posted a 233-109-1 record for his career, which included three stints at Nevada (1976-92, 1994-95, 2004-12).
The former coach was innovative in the truest sense of the word. His Pistol offense has spread throughout college football and even made its way to the NFL.
Those are some huge shoes to fill for Polian, the incoming first-time head coach.
Polian has coached at several prominent programs around the country, though, prior to his landing at Texas A&M. He had stints as the special team’s coordinator at both Stanford and Notre Dame.
His coaching career began at Michigan State in 1997 and had stops in Buffalo, Baylor and Central Florida along the way.
Recruiting was also a job description for Polian while serving as an assistant coach and special team’s coordinator over the years. That experience will be essential as he tries to build a new program to fit whatever system he brings with him to Nevada.
Bill Polian, Brian’s father, is a longtime NFL executive who worked with the Indianapolis Colts over the past decade.
While Ault was massively successful and innovative, his choice to step away from the game makes sense after a disappointing 7-6 season.
Let’s see what Polian can do to usher in a new era in Wolf Pack football.