Mountain West Spotlight: Nevada

June 29, 2012
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Nevada Quick Facts
Location: Reno, Nev.
Founded: 1874
Enrollment: 17,000
President: Marc Johnson
Athletic Director: Cary Groth
Colors: Navy Blue and Silver
Nickname: Wolf Pack

Nevada Wolf Pack
Nevada Campus
Mackay Stadium
Lawlor Events Center
2012 All-American Deonte Burton

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Nevada, like Fresno State, officially becomes a Mountain West member institution on July 1, 2012.

Sports Offered:
Men's: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Rifle, Tennis
Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Rifle, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Home Venues:
• Baseball: Peccole Park (3,000)
• Football: Mackay Stadium (29,993)
• Men's & Women's Basketball: Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
• Softball: Christina M. Hixson Softball Park (1,000)
• Volleyball: Virginia Street Gym (1,800)

Distinguished Alumni:
• Helen Delich Bentley - Former Congresswoman from Maryland
• Jim Gibbons - 28th Governor of Nevada
• William Raggio - current Nevada State Senator
• Brian Sandoval - Former U.S. District Court judge and current Governor of Nevada.
• Ron Toomer, 1961 - Developed the first upside-down roller coaster, the Corkscrew.

Top Athletes:
• Chris Ault - Head Coach of Wolf Pack football team
• Luke Babbitt, NBA player
• Nate Burleson, NFL player
• Ryan Church, MLB player
• Nick Fazekas, NBA player
• Mills Lane - NCAA boxing champion, boxing referee, lawyer, judge
• Lisé Mackie - 1996 Olympic Swimming Bronze Medalist
• Kirk Triplett - PGA Tour golfer

Shining Moments:
• Baseball: In 1994 the Wolf Pack Baseball team made its first-ever NCAA regional appearance and finished the season ranked No. 19 in the country.
• Men's Basketball: The 2004 team advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The 2007 team reached as high as No. 9 in the national polls, the highest-ever in school history.
• Football: Nov. 26, 2010 - No. 19 Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State 34-31 in overtime before going on to win a share of the 2010 WAC title and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
• Rifle: Nevada placed second in the 2004 NCAA Rifle team championships.
• The swimming and diving team won the AIAW-Division II national title in 1979.

Interesting Tidbits:
• The Wolf Pack softball program was installed in 2003 and the team has already qualified for three NCAA Tournaments (2006, 2008, 2009) in its first 10 years of existence.
• Nevada head football coach Chris Ault is one of two active coaches who have been inducted in to the College Football Hall of Fame.
• Former Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the only quarterback in the history of Division I FBS college football to have passed for over 10,000 yards and rushed for over 4,000 yards in a collegiate career.
• Former Nevada center Nick Fazekas was a three-time WAC Player of the Year (2005-07). He and Utah's Keith Van Horn are the WAC's only players to be named Player of the Year three times.

Fresno State-Nevada Classic:
Feb. 26, 2012 - Fresno State had the relentlessly physical Nevada Wolf Pack right where it wanted, but didn't convert enough shots with the game on the line and fell 79-76 in the Bulldogs' fourth-ever triple overtime game in the history of the men's basketball program. The nail-biter featured 19 ties and 32 lead changes.

Fresno State's Series History with Nevada
Sports Series Record Last Meeting
Football 24-18-1 Fresno State leads Oct. 22, 2011 - Nev. 45, FS 38 in Reno, Nev.
Men's Basketball 49-37, Nevada leads Nev. 79, FS 76 (3OT) - in Fresno, Calif.
Women's Basketball 33-8, Fresno State leads Feb. 11, 2012 - FS 85, Nev. 67 in Reno, Nev.
Volleyball 20-20, series tied Oct. 22, 2011 - FS 3, Nev. 1 in Fresno, Calif.
Baseball 80-50, Fresno State leads April 29, 2012 - Nev. 1, FS 0 in Reno, Nev.
Softball 37-12, Fresno State leads March 24, 2012 - FS 7, Nev. 3 in Reno, Nev.
Men's Tennis 11-0, Fresno State leads April 28, 2012 - FS 4, Nev. 0 in Las Cruces, N.M. (2012 WAC Championships)
Women's Tennis 19-1, Fresno State leads April 1, 2012 - FS 6, Nev. 1 in Fresno, Calif.
Women's Soccer 12-1-2, Fresno State leads Oct. 28, 2011 - FS 2, Nev. 1 in Reno, Nev.



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