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December 4, 1992 | ROB FERNAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a few hours Saturday night, old friends will become foes when Loyola Marymount meets 23rd-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas at Gersten Pavilion. The game pits John Olive, the first-year Loyola coach, against Rollie Massimino, who will be making his regular-season debut as UNLV's coach. Olive was the top assistant under Massimino the last seven years at Villanova. When Massimino began coaching at Villanova in 1973, Olive was his first recruit.
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November 26, 1994 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The unopened bottle of slivovitz sits among the stacks of scouting tapes and phone messages covering Tim Grgurich's modest little desk in his modest little office. There are two school-issued chairs, a TV, a VCR and, if you like concrete, a gorgeous window view of the Thomas & Mack Center parking lot. Grgurich could have had Rollie Massimino's old place down the hall, but the new Nevada Las Vegas coach won't set foot in the room. Too strange, too soon and too much cherry wood.
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March 6, 1994 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who says they don't make sagas like they used to? Have you seen the one percolating in the desert lately? Bright lights . . . greed . . . jealousy . . . parade permits--they're all here. Consider: The basketball coach looks as if the Thomas & Mack Arena is strapped to his shoulders. The school president, fresh from his job interview at Long Beach State, suddenly is very excited about the wonders of the Cal State university system. The towel-sucking ex-coach has his own call-in radio show.
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October 22, 1994
From the Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23, 1993, college basketball national preview, by Gene Wojciechowski: "Two seasons from now you'll be talking about this team: UNLV. Rollie Massimino didn't leave Villanova for Vegas just so he could get a deal on show tickets. . . . Two years sounds about right until people are asking, 'Jerry, who?' " It's two years (since Massimino was hired), and we've seen a record of 36-21, no Big West titles, no NCAA tournament appearances, a humiliating NIT first-round loss to USC, little visibility in the Las Vegas community, near fights with home fans at games, inability to recruit quality players, minimal ticket sales, a secret and illegal contract, and a program in shambles.
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April 14, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Manhattan College Coach Steve Lappas, a Villanova assistant under Rollie Massimino from 1985-88, will return to school to take over his Massimino's job, a source told the Associated Press. The announcement is expected to be made today.
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April 11, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Nevada Board of Regents approved a five-year contract that will guarantee Rollie Massimino, Nevada Las Vegas basketball coach, at least $386,000 per year.
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April 15, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Steve Lappas, the coach at Manhattan the last four seasons, was hired Tuesday to succeed Rollie Massimino as basketball coach at Villanova. Lappas, 37, was at Villanova as an assistant from 1984 to 1988 and was a member of Massimino's staff when the Wildcats upset Georgetown for the NCAA championship in 1985. Massimino left Villanova two weeks ago to replace Jerry Tarkanian at Nevada Las Vegas.
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March 13, 1993 | SCOTT MILLER
The Orange County district attorney's office Friday refused to pursue a complaint by a Cal State Fullerton fan against Nevada Las Vegas Coach Rollie Massimino lodged over an incident following the Titans' 84-83 victory over UNLV on Saturday, according to Sgt. Sam Summerlin of Fullerton campus security. Albert Ogrudski, 28, of Cerritos alleged that Massimino punched him during the aftermath of Fullerton's upset victory, when jubilant fans stormed onto the court.
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October 22, 1994
From the Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23, 1993, college basketball national preview, by Gene Wojciechowski: "Two seasons from now you'll be talking about this team: UNLV. Rollie Massimino didn't leave Villanova for Vegas just so he could get a deal on show tickets. . . . Two years sounds about right until people are asking, 'Jerry, who?' " It's two years (since Massimino was hired), and we've seen a record of 36-21, no Big West titles, no NCAA tournament appearances, a humiliating NIT first-round loss to USC, little visibility in the Las Vegas community, near fights with home fans at games, inability to recruit quality players, minimal ticket sales, a secret and illegal contract, and a program in shambles.
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October 15, 1994 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many of this city's highest rollers and biggest movers and shakers waited eagerly one February afternoon last year to hear Nevada Las Vegas Coach Rollie Massimino speak about their favorite subject--Rebel basketball. The setting was a Rotary Club luncheon, and the assembled bank presidents, business people and political figures were there to enjoy and digest whatever nuggets Massimino might impart.
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October 15, 1994 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tumultuous two-year reign of embattled Nevada Las Vegas basketball Coach Rollie Massimino ended Friday night when he accepted the university's cash offer to terminate his lucrative and controversial contract, paving the way for the school to pursue former UNLV assistant Tim Grgurich for the now-vacant post. Massimino will receive $350,000 a year for five years to leave UNLV, pending almost certain approval by the Nevada Board of Regents on Wednesday.
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October 13, 1994 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No stranger to long-running legal battles, Nevada Las Vegas might soon have another nasty courtroom fight on its hands after the refusal Wednesday of embattled basketball Coach Rollie Massimino to accept the school's cash offer to terminate his lucrative and controversial contract. A scheduled meeting between Massimino, UNLV interim President Kenny Guinn and Athletic Director Jim Weaver in Weaver's office ended abruptly with the two sides far apart on a possible buyout figure, Guinn said.
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October 11, 1994 | From Associated Press
Rollie Massimino's future as Nevada Las Vegas basketball coach was on the line Monday, with university officials trying to negotiate a buyout of his contract. Only five days before the Runnin' Rebels are to start practice, Massimino met with UNLV interim president Kenny Guinn and athletic director Jim Weaver to discuss whether he would remain coach.
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October 9, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Nevada Las Vegas basketball Coach Rollie Massimino will meet with Kenny Guinn, the school's interim president, this week to discuss a proposal to buy out the remaining six years of Massimino's contracts. Massimino has been under fire since the disclosure in August of a supplemental contract, one never approved by the Board of Regents. The secret contract, signed in April of 1992, called for Massimino to get an extra $375,000 on top of the $511,000 he was being paid.
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August 27, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Outraged over a secret contract that gave Nevada Las Vegas basketball Coach Rollie Massimino an extra $375,000 a year, Nevada regents on Friday ordered an investigation of the deal. Some regents hinted they might try to rescind Massimino's contract to coach the Rebels altogether, saying they were duped when they hired him two years ago. "I would like the opportunity to reverse my vote," regent Jill Derby said.
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June 21, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Rollie Massimino rejected an offer from the New Jersey Nets Thursday that would have made him one of the highest-paid coaches in the National Basketball Assn. Massimino chose instead to stay at Villanova University in suburban Philadelphia, where he has posted a 228-137 record in 12 seasons. His Wildcats won the NCAA tournament this spring, upsetting top-ranked Georgetown in the title game. The emotional Massimino, 51, turned down the deal, reportedly for at least $2.
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April 2, 1992 | ROBYN NORWOOD
Rollie Massimino's arrival in the Big West Conference will mean a reunion with former Villanova guard Lloyd Mumford, now at UC Irvine. The two didn't part amicably. "I can't believe it," said Mumford, who transferred from Villanova after Massimino dropped him from the team last summer. "I'd like to beat him probably as bad as anybody could be beaten, on a professional level."
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August 27, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Outraged over a secret contract that gave Nevada Las Vegas basketball Coach Rollie Massimino an extra $375,000 a year, Nevada regents on Friday ordered an investigation into the deal. Some regents hinted they might try to rescind Massimino's contract to coach the Rebels altogether, saying they were duped when they hired him two years ago. "I would like the opportunity to reverse my vote," regent Jill Derby said.
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August 18, 1994 | From Associated Press
Nevada Las Vegas has no plans to pay basketball Coach Rollie Massimino the remainder of nearly $2 million secretly promised him in a supplemental contract by former university officials, UNLV's interim president said Wednesday. President Kenny Guinn said that since the contract giving Massimino an extra $375,000 a year above his base salary was never approved by the Board of Regents, the university is not obligated to pay the coach.
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