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Ken Wilson, now former Nevada Football head coach, was fired after two seasons with the team on Dec. 1. This comes after back-to-back 2-10 seasons and players such as Isaiah Essissima, cornerback, and Marquese Allen-Patmon, safety, announced they would be entering the transfer portal.

“After an extensive review of the Nevada football program, I have decided to make a leadership change,” Stephanie Rempe, Nevada athletic director, said in a statement. “I would like to thank Ken for his dedication and service to Nevada Athletics and to our student athletes.”

According to Nevada Athletics, a national search for a new head coach has begun.

In his two seasons as head coach of the Wolf Pack, Wilson had a 4-20 record that included a 16-game losing streak, which was the longest active losing streak in the nation at the time. He also led Nevada to its first 0-8 conference record in 2022.

Wilson’s offenses averaged 18.83 points per game in 2022 and 17.33 in 2023. All the while, his defenses allowed 30.92 and 33.42 points per game in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

“This is not a decision I take lightly, as I know the ripple effect on so many people with a decision like this,” Rempe said. “For more than two decades Ken and his family have been and will continue to be an integral part of this community and the Wolf Pack.”

Before Wilson became the head coach in 2022, he had multiple positions dealing with the football team as an assistant (1989-98, 2004-12), including associate head coach (2008-12) and defensive coordinator (1996-98, 2007). During those times, he led the Pack to 11 bowl games and nine conference championships across three different conferences (Big Sky, Big West, Western Athletic Conference).

Derek Raridon can be reached via email or via Twitter @TheBigCountry14

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