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UNLV hires former UWM Panthers coach Rob Jeter

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Posted at 11:28 AM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 16:48:35-04

Following his controversial firing at UWM, Rob Jeter has found himself with a new coaching position at a bigger school.

The University of Nevada-Las Vegas has hired Jeter as an assistant.

"It actually came pretty fast. I had an opportunity to meet with the coach out there, Coach [Marvin] Menzies. We had conversations on Monday - I think it was May 1st - and by May 4th it was pretty much ready to go," Jeter told 620 WTMJ's Greg Matzek in a one-on-one conversation.

In March, UWM Athletic Director Amanda Braun fired Jeter after 11 years, two NCAA tournament bids and a 20-13 season in 2015-16. Braun chose to turn down a postseason bid despite the team's record.

After the firing, Jeter kept a low profile.

"I took some time, personally, just to lay low, spend time with the family. And then, just in the last few weeks is when I really got back out there, really find a way to make something happen," he said.

As he laid low, UWM eventually hired University of Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, but there was evidence of issues in the hiring process.

Jeter is moving on from that debacle to his newest challenge, about 2,000 miles from the Brew City.

"It's been a great ride - we've had a lot of fun - and it's not over. We'll be back at some point, but right now, we have an opportunity to go west so we're gonna make the best of that. I really appreciate all the love and support."