UNLV hires Menzies as basketball coach after Beard bolts

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - UNLV has moved swiftly to hire a new basketball coach after Chris Beard's sudden exit, agreeing with New Mexico State's Marvin Menzies on a five-year contract.

UNLV President Len Jessup and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said in a statement Saturday the deal must still be approved by Nevada's education board of regents.

Menzies is a former UNLV assistant who has been at New Mexico State the past nine years. He led the Aggies to their fifth straight 20-win season this year, going 23-11 overall and 13-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. The WAC regular-season champions appeared in the National Invitation Tournament. He is 198-111 overall at New Mexico State.

Beard agreed to coach UNLV less than two weeks ago. He bolted for Texas Tech on Friday, returning to a school where he was an assistant for 10 years.

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