Franchione pitches for the UNLV job

Dennis Franchione wants to get back into coaching and he thinks UNLV might be the perfect situation.

Franchione, the former Texas A&M coach who was bought out in 2007, told the Las Vegas Sun that he’s ready to get back into the game and that he thinks the Rebels would be a good fit.

"I've turned two schools around in that conference -- New Mexico and then when I took over TCU in 1998," Franchione told the paper. "So I'm really familiar with the conference and the area, and I feel like (UNLV) is kind of a sleeping giant, and there's no reason I can see right now that it couldn't be successful and win some games."

Franchione coached New Mexico and TCU while both schools were in the WAC and left both programs better than when he found them.

While Franchione has shown interest in the Rebels, the Rebels have not hinted -- at least publicly -- that they are interested in him. Interim UNLV athletic director Jerry Koloskie said he’s had multiple people contact him about the position, but UNLV president Dr. Neal Smatresk said that he’s eager to hire an athletic director before looking for a football coach.

Mike Sanford, who was fired last Sunday, will coach his final game on Nov. 28 against San Diego State.