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Reports: UNLV to hire Marcus Arroyo

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College news: Sacramento native and former San Jose State QB Marcus Arroyo will be named the head coach at UNLV this morning, per source. He leaves his position on the Oregon staff to take over the UNLV program.

— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) December 11, 2019

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Matt Maiocco notes that Arroyo will be named the new head coach at UNLV today.

Yesterday, on our update as the UNLV search progresses toward a hire, we noted that AD Desiree Reed-Francois has been "on the hunt for a young, up and coming coordinator."

Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo was a name we shared yesterday that fit what Reed-Francois has been looking for to fill that opening.

According to reports today (see below), UNLV is closing in on a deal to land Arroyo. Nothing is done yet, but reports add both sides are working toward a deal as of this evening.

Here's what we shared previously on Arroyo's background:

A well-traveled play caller, Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo has had the offensive coordinator title at San Jose State, Wyoming, Cal, Southern Miss, and Oregon dating back to 2007, with a stint as the Tampa Bay Bucs’ quarterbacks coach in there for a season in 2014. Arroyo is considered a very sharp offensive mind who has worked under Mike Gundy, Todd Monken, Jeff Tedford, and Mario Cristobal during his time as an assistant and coordinator.

Arroyo, who made $825k coordinating the Ducks offense this past year, steps in for Tony Sanchez, who was plucked from the high school ranks to lead UNLV after building Bishop Gorman into a national power. In five seasons, Sanchez failed to lead the program to bowl eligibility.

Regarded as one of the tougher jobs in FBS football, UNLV football hasn't had a whole lot of wins over the years, but their commitment to facilities and focus on branding and embracing the city of Vegas has made this a place a lot of folks believe you can come in and win and compete for championships.

Once official, that will be what Arroyo (a first time head coach) and his staff will be tasked with doing.

Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.