Desiree Reed-Francois is no longer a candidate to become UCLA’s next athletic director, a source confirmed on Friday.
Reed-Francois has been UNLV’s athletic director since 2017 and was reported to be one of the front-runners for the UCLA job last week. According to another source, Reed-Francois pulled her name out of consideration when she learned that UCLA was leaning in a different direction (Boston College AD Martin Jarmond is now the leading contender, per reports).
Retaining Reed-Francois would be a welcome development for UNLV, which has suffered through constant turnover in the athletic department over the last half-decade. The basketball program has had three head coaches since 2015 (four if you include interims) while the football team is on its third coach since 2014.
This would also not be the most convenient time for UNLV to engage in an athletic director search, for obvious reasons. Besides the COVID-19 outbreak throwing all of college athletics into uncertainty, UNLV is currently between presidents and is being run in the meantime by acting president Marta Meana.
Reed-Francois’s current contract at UNLV runs through the summer of 2022. She makes $350,000 per year.