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UNLV Head Coach Bill Bayno Gets Five-Year Contract
Apr. 18, 1997

LAS VEGAS, NEV -- The UNLV Athletic Department announced today that it has recommended that UNLV Runnin' Rebel basketball coach Bill Bayno will receive a new five-year contract with a base salary of $130,000 and additional incentives that will run through the 2001-2002.

The contract has been recommended to UNLV President Dr. Carol Harter, who concurred and is placing the item on the agenda for approval by the Board of Regents. The Regents will meet on April 25 in Las Vegas.

"It's a critical element of the program," UNLV Athletic Director Charles Cavagnaro said. "His spirit and enthusiasm is contagious, not just for the basketball program, but for this university and this city."

Bayno, in his second year, guided the Runnin' Rebels to a 22-10 record last season. UNLV advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. UNLV's 22 wins was the most since the 1991-92 season (26-2). In the classroom, the Runnin' Rebels posted a 2.88 GPA for the 1996 fall semester which is believed to be the best ever for the program.

The Runnin' Rebels averaged 14,273 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center in 14 dates which included the season ticket average. UNLV had a season-high crowd of 18,024 against Fresno State on Feb. 17.

"The people and the community of Las Vegas have been great to me," Bayno said.

"I love it here in Las Vegas and I'm extremely happy about the contract.

"I have always said that being the head coach at UNLV is an enormous opportunity to run one of the top programs in the history of college basketball."

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