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John Robinson should be recognized as the man who rescued a horrible UNLV program.

Originally Published: November 17, 2004
By Kevin Acee | Special to ESPN.com
Yes, the big story in the conference this week is Utah attempting to finish an undefeated season and become the first team from outside the Bowl Championship Series conferences to play in a BCS bowl.

However, before delving into that exciting scenario for the conference, a moment must be taken to say good-bye to UNLV coach John Robinson, who is retiring following his team's game at San Diego State on Saturday.

Robinson maybe stayed a year or two too long. But he should be recognized as the man who rescued a horrible program. Robinson arrived prior to the 1999 season, with the Rebels considered by most to be the nation's worst team, having gone 0-11 in 1998 and won just six games in four years. He took the Rebels to a bowl game in his second season and has at least improved the level of athlete the program recruits.


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