Is Hauck The Chosen One To Lead UNLV Out Of The Wilderness?

Jack ChristianContributor IDecember 24, 2009

After decades of UNLV football wandering in the wilderness new UNLV AD Jim Livengood has chosen Bobby Hauck to be the new UNLV football coach.  After many rumors that Dennis Franchione was going to be "the one" Jim Livengood was won over by Bobby Hauck's enthusiasm, recruiting ability and his record/experience as head coach at Montana.

Bobby Hauck was born to be a head coach.  He compiled an 80-17 record at Montana  According to many people in the media Hauck is the best recruiter on every staff he has been on which include stops at Washington and Colorado under Rick Neuheisal. 

At Washington he helped freshman kicker John Anderson become a freshman All-American.  During his coaching stint at Colorado, Hauck was in charge of special teams during each of his four seasons. He was responsible for coordinating all six special teams groups: punt coverage and return, kickoff coverage and return, field goal/PAT and field goal/PAT defense. In 1998 his Buffalo punt return team averaged third in the nation (16.0) and were fourth in kickoff returns (25.0).

According to the Las Vegas Sun Hauck is also highly adaptable in his coaching style. During the 2003 season, injuries prevented both starting quarterback Craig Ochs and his backup, Jeff Disney from playing in a game the following week. Hauck completely closed down practice for the week and came out with a newly installed option look against Idaho. His team won the game and kept winning that season with a balanced attack.

Bobby Hauck will have his work cut out for him.  UNLV seems to have a winning season once every 10 years or so.  In the next month and a half Hauck will have to essentially build a recruiting class from scratch, sign all of his assistants and convince current rebels to stay at UNLV.  If Bobby Hauck can win at UNLV it would seem likely that he would move on to a new gig at BCS school.  If that were to happen I would be happy because that would mean Hauck had built a winner at UNLV and at this point I would be thrilled if UNLV could be a stepping stone school.