Wolf Pack Media says the proposed agreement calls for a five-year contract for Polian with a base salary of $475,000 plus incentives. Polian, 38, has coached in the collegiate ranks for 16 years with the past eight seasons at BCS.
Polian comes to Nevada after a year as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Texas A&M, which capped an 11-2 season last week with a win over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. He has coached on both sides of the ball and earned a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the nation in previous coaching roles at Stanford (2010-11), Notre Dame (2005-09), UCF (2004) and Buffalo (2001-03). He replaces Chris Ault, who stepped down on Dec. 28, 2012 after 28 seasons on the sidelines and more than 40 years at Nevada.
A native of The Bronx, New York, Polian graduated from at St. Francis High School and played linebacker at John Carroll University from 1993-96. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from John Carroll in 1997 and received his master's in education from Baylor in 2000.
Polian and his wife, Laura, have a son, Aidan, and a daughter, Charlotte.
Polian's Coaching Career
Year School/Team Assignment
1997 Michigan State Graduate Assistant (Offense), Tight Ends, Offensive Line
1998 Buffalo Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line
1999-2000 Baylor Graduate Assistant
2001-03 Buffalo Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator
2004 Central Florida Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
2005 Notre Dame Head Special Teams Coach/Defensive Backs Assistant
2006 Notre Dame Head Special Teams Coach/Linebackers Assistant
2007 Notre Dame Inside Linebackers/Special Teams
2008-09 Notre Dame Special Teams Coordinator
2010-11 Stanford Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator/Safeties
2012 Texas A&M Special Team Coordinator/Tight Ends