Dave Rice resigns as head basketball coach at UNLV

Nicole Auerbach

UNLV head men's basketball coach Dave Rice has resigned, the school said in a statement released Sunday night.

UNLV Rebels head coach Dave Rice has resigned, according to the school.

Todd Simon will be the team's interim coach.

Rice parted ways with the school after his Runnin' Rebels lost five of their last six games, including their first three Mountain West games to unimpressive foes. On Saturday, they blew a 17-point first half lead and lost to Wyoming.

Rice's UNLV teams went 95-54 during his tenure. He reached the NCAA tournament twice, but consistently underachieved with some of the nation's top recruiting classes.