New Mexico State’s Marvin Menzies hired by UNLV to replace Chris Beard

ULNV will hire New Mexico coach Marvin Menzies. (USATSI)
ULNV will hire New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies. (USATSI)

New Mexico State’s Marvin Menzies has reached an agreement in principle to become UNLV’s next head coach, a source told CBS Sports on Saturday.

A formal announcement is expected soon.

ESPN.com reported that the two sides have “verbally agreed” to a deal.

Menzies interviewed for the job last month after Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin rejected an offer from UNLV. But the school decided to instead hire Little Rock’s Chris Beard. Then Georgia Tech subsequently hired Memphis’ Josh Pastner. And Memphis subsequently hired Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith, at which point Texas Tech quickly targeted Beard, who went to college in Texas and was an assistant at Texas Tech from 2001 to 2011.

Texas Tech offered more money, a better current roster and an opportunity for Beard to live within three hours of his daughters. So Beard accepted Texas Tech’s offer early Friday. And, by Friday night, UNLV had already started finalizing a deal with Menzies.

Menzies spent nine seasons at New Mexico State.

He won three WAC regular-season titles, five WAC Tournament titles, never finished worse than third in the league, and made the NCAA Tournament five times. The 54-year-old UCLA graduate is a former UNLV assistant who has worked under both Lon Kruger and Rick Pitino. He went 26-2 in WAC games the past two seasons.

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