A Panther in the Desert

There is going to be a Panther loose in “Sin City” this upcoming NCAA Collegiate Men’s Basketball Season. Las Vegas visitors need not stay pent up in the casinos (even though that is what the casino owners would want) since the Panther on the prowl will be  ex-UWM Men’s Head Coach Rob Jeter.

Jeter the second winningest head coach in UW-Milwaukee history was fired by Athletic Director Amanda Braun in March after finishing 5th in the Horizon League and posting a 20-13 record. During his tenure  at UWM Jeter posted a 185-170 record just one win short of the school record held by Guy Penwell 186-145 (18 seasons -1930-42 & 46-52).  He also  led the Panthers to two NCAA tournament births in a recruiting pool that include, the Badgers in Madison, Marquette, and “in-state” Horizon League foe UW – Green Bay.

NCAA Basketball: Horizon League Tournament-Wright State vs Milwaukee

Jeter-Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Jeter boasts 101 Horizon League victories ranking him third all-time in the conference.  The team’s 20-13 overall record this season which included wins over Wisconsin, and Minnesota could’ve gotten the Panthers some post season “love” which would’ve been welcomed after being denied post season participation the year prior for grade infractions, but, that idea was stonewalled by Braun.

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UWM AD- Amanda Braun

UNLV is not without turmoil themselves, having hired Marvin Menzies on April 17th, their 4th head coach in the last calendar year.  Menzies has seen success in his 9 seasons at the helm of New Mexico State, and is no stranger to winning.

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New UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies

Jeter will  bring valuable basketball knowledge and stability to UNLV with his 11 years head coaching history at UW-Milwaukee, along with  his several  years of being Bo Ryan’s Assistant at Madison, UWM and Platteville as well as the season he spent as an assistant at Marquette.  Jeter is also known for his community presence, and professionalism, which is always a plus  when your program plays in “Sin City.”

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Even though I am a product of UWM, and Panther “Black and Gold” surges through my veins, as soon as I hit “enter” to post this article, I will be in the market online for some Runnin’ Rebels merchandise, to cheer on Coach Jeter and UNLV as well as the Panthers.

Best of Luck Coach Jeter, here’s hoping that with this move you hit the JACKPOT!

(photos courtesy of: JSOnline, lvsportsnetwork, fox6now, unlv)

 

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