Runnin' Rebel On Another Court|
Oct. 15, 2008
By Matt Maxson, The Rebel Yell
LAS VEGAS - He's a king on the court, but soon he may be crowned king on the football field. Senior forward René Rougeau is a member of the 2008 UNLV homecoming court, the first varsity basketball player to earn the honor under head coach Lon Kruger.
Rougeau advanced to the final stage after placing in the banner and individual interview competition. Voting wrapped up Wednesday night, but the results will not be announced until halftime of Saturday's game against Air Force. Rougeau was convinced to run for homecoming king when a friend from the UNLV cheerleading squad approached him.
"All credit goes to Molly McGuire," Rougeau said. "She asked me if I wanted to run with her, so I thought it was a good idea. I thought we'd make a great team."
The field for homecoming court is comprised of students from Greek Life and organizations on campus. Rougeau expects that the exposure he garnered in the 2007-08 season when he went from walk-on to starter will help him draw votes, and ultimately, the crown.
"I'm pretty sure a lot of the students are glad to see an athlete running for once," Rougeau said. "[The team] showed me a lot of support and Coach [Kruger] has definitely been big behind me. He's helped me out a lot."
Before the team took the court for Wednesday's media shoot-around, Kruger asked the players if they took the time to vote for Rougeau.
"All the guys said they had voted for him before we got out here," Kruger said. "So [Rougeau] should have at least a couple votes for him."
Rougeau was tongue in cheek about winning the homecoming crown on the football field.
"It would be nice to win something for a change," Rougeau said with a laugh. "[If I won] it would probably be in my top 10 for sure."
Saturday's game won't be the only homecoming activity that Rougeau will participate in. The Runnin' Rebel basketball team will host FirstLook 2008, the team's first practice, on Friday at 9 p.m. Doors open for the event at 8:15 p.m.
The UNLV football game will kickoff on Saturday at 7 p.m.