There are some interesting things coming out of Nevada with the departure of Chris Ault, the Hall of Fame coach who announced on Friday that he was stepping down.
The Wolf Pack could have two big things working against them in luring their next coach – Nevada has a lame duck Athletic Director in Cary Groth, who is retiring on June 30, and any established coach might be leery of taking a job when he does not know who he will be working for the next four or five years; and there are no plans to bump up the salary for the position, which will hurt because Ault was making less than $500,000 a year and the lowest paid coach in the Mountain West Conference.
Nevada also is short time to find a replacement with the recruiting dead period ending on Jan. 3, and they have some holes to fill with the loss of 12 senior starters including three on the offensive line, three linebackers and three-quarters of their secondary.
They signed two junior college players who will enroll mid-year, and are reported to have non-binding oral commitments from only four players at this point.
The Reno Gazette-Journal posited on a few questions facing Nevada in the wake of Ault’s departure.