Reno, NV (Sports Network) - The University of Nevada announced Monday they
have an agreement with Brian Polian to become the school's 26th head football
Director of athletics Cary Groth and University president Marc Johnson
proposed a recommendation for Polian, who spent last season as an assistant at
Texas A&M, that will be forwarded to the Board of Regents for consideration
during a scheduled meeting on Friday.
The proposal calls for a five-year contract and a base salary of $475,000,
Polian, who has 16 years of collegiate coaching experience - including
the last eight with BCS programs - comes to Nevada after a one-year stint as
the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Texas A&M.
"Brian brings terrific energy and enthusiasm, an impressive and well-grounded
coaching philosophy and a tremendous reputation as a recruiter and coach,"
Johnson said. "These characteristics are even more impressive when you
consider the outstanding programs with which he has been affiliated. I am
convinced Brian is the right coach to continue the momentum and lead Wolf Pack
Football to new levels of success.
"Our selection of Brian as the finalist candidate follows a national search
and interviews with an impressive and diverse pool of candidates."
The 38-year old, who is known for his strong recruiting abilities, previously
coached at Stanford (2010-2011), Notre Dame (2005-09), Central Florida (2004)
and Buffalo (2001-03).
Former Wolf Pack coaching legend and College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Chris Ault retired from the sidelines at Nevada on Dec. 28 after compiling a
233-109-1 career record during 28 years and three separate stints with the
"I would like to thank President Johnson and Cary for the incredible
opportunity that they have presented me with," Polian said. "I cannot express
how excited I am to lead the Nevada football program into what will be a very
bright future. I also want to take a moment to recognize and thank Coach Ault
for the incredible foundation he has laid for Wolf Pack football. It is an
honor for me to work to continue that legacy."
The official hiring of Polian is on the agenda for the Nevada System of Higher
Education Board of Regents on Friday.
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