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Official: Oregon OC Marcus Arroyo Named UNLV Head Coach

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 05 Cal at Oregon Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After many twists and turns that included a few hours of LSU DC Dave Aranda hype, Oregon OC Marcus Arroyo has been reported to be the next head coach for UNLV

Arroyo is a 39 year old former San Jose State QB that had served as a Co-OC under former Oregon head coach Willie Taggart in 2017 before he was named the sole OC under current head coach Mario Cristobal.

He started his coaching career at San Jose State as a graduate assistant in 2003. He has been associated with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, former Tampa Bay HC and Atlanta Falcons OC Dirk Koetter, SJSU HC Dick Tomey, and former Fresno State and Cal HC Jeff Tedford.

As sole Oregon OC, he has led the Ducks offense to a 34.85 points per game and 427.2 yards per game along with 62 total touchdowns during the 2018 season. Thus far into the 2019 season, he has led the offense to 35.92 points per game and 450.7 yards per game plus 63 touchdowns.

247 Sports lists his Oregon commitments as follows: QB Tyler Shough, QB Cale Millen, TE Patrick Herbert, WR JR Waters, WR Josh Delgado, WR Mycah Pittman, 2020 TE Seth Figgins, 2020 QB Jay Butterfield, and 2020 WR Johnny Wilson.

UNLV recently relieved Tony Sanchez of his head coaching duties after a 4-8 record that saw them go 2-6 in the Mountain West Conference. The Rebels will be tenants of the new Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders stadium that’s currently under construction near downtown Las Vegas.

If Coach Cristobal elects to promote from within, the logical inference would be running backs coach Jim Mastro as he’s the most experienced coach on the staff. Mastro recently turned down Cal Poly’s head coaching offer this weekend. An outside the program hire would be interesting. Some possible outside hires include Rob Chudinski.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

Update: it has been made official by the UNLV social media team

Good luck Coach!