Despite winning The Fremont Cannon and improving to 5 wins, football coach Marcus Arroyo fired by UNLV

Marcus Arroyo (courtesy


LAS VEGAS ( – UNLV Athletics announced Monday that it is making a change in the leadership of the university’s football program.

Marcus Arroyo ends his stint as head coach with a three-year record of 7-23 (.233), including 5-17 in Mountain West play. The Rebels snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday to bring their record to 5-7 this season after a 4-1 start.

“We thank Marcus Arroyo for his unwavering efforts leading our student-athletes on and off the field for these three seasons,” Director of Athletics Erick Harper said. “His program represented this institution in the community and classroom in a manner that is to be commended. However, with our increased expectations at UNLV we felt a change was in order at this time. We all wish Marcus and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

Arroyo was announced as the 12th head coach in UNLV history in December 2019 and had two years remaining on his original contract. The Rebels finished 0-6 during the pandemic-shortened season of 2020 and then 2-10 one year later.

A national search for the next head football coach will begin immediately.