Thursday, December 9, 1999
staying at UH
Idaho's Chris Tormey will beStaff and wire reports
Nevada's new football coach
Idaho's Chris Tormey resigned his position yesterday and will be named the new head football coach at Nevada.
Hawaii defensive coordinator Greg McMackin was reportedly one of the finalists for the job. He returned to the islands today from a recruiting trip.
Rainbows head coach June Jones gave Nevada permission to interview McMackin prior to the season-ending loss to Washington State. McMackin said he owed it to his family to hear what Nevada had to say.
Jones said before leaving on a recruiting trip that he hoped McMackin would stay in Hawaii. McMackin's family is reportedly happy to be in the island chain.
Tormey finished 33-23 in five seasons at Idaho, but he looked at this as an opportunity to coach in the Western Athletic Conference.
"He was offered the job and accepted," said Nevada spokesman Zen Morcarski.
Tormey was not immediately available and the school planned no further comment until a news conference today.
Tormey replaces Jeff Tisdel, who resigned last month with one game left in the season. Nevada finished 3-8.
KIVI-TV in Nampa reported that Tormey accepted a three-year contract that will pay him $225,000 during the first year.
Tormey signed a five-year contract in June that pays him about $155,000 this year at Idaho. He could have earned about $204,000 in the fifth year of that contract.
Nevada is jumping from the Big West to the WAC next season. Idaho recently accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt for football only starting in 2001.
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