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Boras A Bear

Feb. 11, 2004

LAS VEGAS - UNLV offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Rob Boras has been hired as the tight ends coach of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

New Bears head coach Lovie Smith announced the hiring Wednesday.

A native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Boras, 33, spent five years at UNLV, including the last three as a coordinator. He was one of three remaining members of Rebel head coach John Robinson's original UNLV staff of full-time assistants.

"I think everyone here is just thrilled for Rob," Robinson said. "I have recognized from the beginning that he has special qualities as a football coach. I've had a lot of coaches go on to forge great careers and Rob has as much potential as any of them. This is one of those key advancements that will send him on to a great career. He has really done a great job here with the line. His players are thrilled but are also sad because we'll all miss him."

Behind Boras' offensive lines, the Rebels finished in the top 20 nationally in rushing three of the last four seasons. Boras also produced five All-Mountain West Conference blockers, including first-team honorees Tony Terrell and John Greer.

"The five years I've had here have been some of the best times of my life and I thank John Robinson for that," Boras said. "He has been a father figure for me and I have learned as much about life as about football here. I will miss Rebel football and the campus environment, especially the relationships with the players and fellow coaches. But being from Chicago and growing up a Bears fan, this is an opportunity of a lifetime that I am anxious to pursue."

Boras came to Las Vegas after spending 1998 as head coach of Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. He moved to the school after four years coaching at the University of Texas, where he coached the Longhorns in three bowl games.

Boras began his coaching career with his alma mater, DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., following his graduation in 1992, spending two seasons as offensive line coach. He and wife Amy have three children.



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