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Dave Rice discusses decision to stay at UNLV

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UNLV men's basketball coach Dave Rice discusses his decision to stay on at the school with FOX5's Kevin Bolinger on Tuesday, April 1. (FOX5) UNLV men's basketball coach Dave Rice discusses his decision to stay on at the school with FOX5's Kevin Bolinger on Tuesday, April 1. (FOX5)
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The drama played out this past weekend. UNLV men's basketball coach Dave Rice was offered millions to coach at South Florida.

It didn't take Rice long to make a decision. Following an announcement about the offer on Friday, the coach announced he'll be staying at UNLV on Saturday afternoon.

On Tuesday, Rice sat down with FOX5 for his first on-camera interview since making his decision.

Rice was reluctant to discuss specifics about the South Florida offer.

"In terms of any other institutions or opportunities, I am not going to touch on those things. I am just excited to be the basketball coach at UNLV, to have the confidence of our administration, which has extended our contract through the 2019 basketball season," Rice said.

Rice was given a two-year contract extension at UNLV, which will keep him under contract for the next five years. That's something, Rice said, that is an important recruitment tool. 

"I think the biggest thing most of all is the stability of the program, being able to tell recruits, to tell young guys in high school that I'm gonna be the coach here, and the contract extension proves that," he said.

Rice is also happy that the team will now have a dedicated academic advisor.

"One of the things at UNLV is a lot of different sports share academic advisors, and they do a fantastic job. But just having someone like David Jackson, who does a terrific job, who can be devoted specifically to basketball, I just think that's important. APR [academic progress rate] is important; graduation rates are important. It's certainly something that we're proud of," Rice said.

"I think the biggest thing is we have unfinished business, and we have an opportunity to have a really good and successful basketball program, and we can't do it alone," Rice continued.

Rice said he's happy to remain in Las Vegas and has high hopes for the future of the team.

"We want to put a product, and we will put a product on the floor next season. I'm not guaranteeing how many wins we're gonna have, but we're going to put a product on the floor that people can be proud of, that they enjoy watching because of how hard we play and how well we play together. That's the guarantee I will make," he said.

Rice said he met with top recruits Goodluck Okonoboh and Dwayne Morgan last week. Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith have yet to make decisions about returning to the program or going pro.

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