Nov 26, 2021; Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA; UNLV Rebels head coach Marcus Arroyo looks on in the third quarter against the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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UNLV fires head coach Marcus Arroyo

UNLV fired head coach Marcus Arroyo after the Rebels went 5-7 in 2022 despite a 4-1 start.

Arroyo was 7-23 in three seasons with the Rebels, but just 5-17 in Mountain West games. The 42-year-old had two years left on the contract he signed in December 2019.

“We thank Marcus Arroyo for his unwavering efforts leading our student-athletes on and off the field for these three seasons,” UNLV athletic director Erick Harper said in a news release. “His program represented this institution in the community and classroom in a manner that is to be commended. However, with our increased expectations at UNLV we felt a change was in order at this time. We all wish Marcus and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

The Rebels finished 0-6 during the pandemic-shortened season of 2020, went 2-10 in 2021 and then started the ’22 season with four wins and a tight loss — 20-14 — to Cal.

The season turned for UNLV in a 40-7 loss to San Jose State on Oct. 7, followed by a 42-7 loss to Air Force and another lopsided defeat (44-21) at Notre Dame.

With a chance to become eligible for a bowl game, all three November losses for UNLV were one-possession games: San Diego State (14-10), Fresno State (37-30) and Hawaii (31-25).

The Rebels have played in just one bowl since their win in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2000.

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