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10 years later: Nevada's 55 most memorable moments in the Mountain West

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Eric Musselman cut down four Mountain West championship nets while at Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Devich/Getty Images)

Exactly 10 years ago today, the Nevada Wolf Pack agreed to join the Mountain West along with Fresno State, although it would be two years before those schools actually entered the league after defecting from the WAC. The Wolf Pack has experienced its ups and downs since agreeing to join the MW 10 years ago. Here are the Wolf Pack's 55 most memorable moments in the conference since that day.

* Aug. 17, 2012: Nevada wins its first game as a member of the MW, a 2-0 victory over Hawaii in women's soccer as keeper Dana Moreno pitches a shutout with three saves.

* Sept. 1, 2012: Playing the first game at Cal's renovation Memorial Stadium, Nevada football upsets Cal, 31-24, on a Stepfhon Jefferson 2-yard touchdown run with 36 seconds left.

* Dec. 15, 2012: After leading Arizona by 13 points with 1 minute, 48 seconds remaining in the New Mexico Bowl, the Wolf Pack gives up two touchdowns in 27 seconds to lose by one.

* Dec 28, 2012: Chris Ault resigns after 28 years as the Wolf Pack's head football coach. Ault caps his career with a record of 234-108-1 and 10 conference championships.

* Jan. 11, 2013: Nevada hires Brian Polian to replace Chris Ault as the Wolf Pack's head football coach. Polian comes from Texas A&M where he was the team's special teams coordinator.

* March 14, 2013: Doug Knuth is selected as the Wolf Pack's athletic director. He is picked to replace Cary Groth, who announced the previous August she was retiring.

* June 6, 2013: Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley is the 15th pick in the MLB draft, the highest for any player in Wolf Pack in any sport in the modern era.

* Sept. 7, 2013: Brian Polian scores his first career victory, a 36-7 win over FCS foe UC Davis on the same day the field at Mackay Stadium is named after Chris Ault.

* April 24, 2014: After going 21-5 in singles and 21-4 in doubles, Victor Ouvrard becomes the first Nevada men's tennis player to be named MW player of the year.

* May 9, 2014: Longtime Nevada baseball coach Gary Powers gets his No. 17 retired. Powers, who retired after the 2013 season, won 937 games with the Wolf Pack.

* March 12, 2015: After 16 seasons at Nevada, including six as the basketball team's head coach, David Carter is fired after a 9-22 season. Carter went 98-97 at Nevada.

* March 25, 2015: The Wolf Pack hires Eric Musselman as its head basketball coach. The former two-time NBA head coach was the associate head coach at LSU prior to the move.

* April 7, 2015: Wolf Pack women's golf wins the Cowgirl Classic, its first tournament victory since fall 2006. Nevada beat second-place Washington State by seven strokes.

* April 16, 2015: Mimi Mungedi becomes the second player in Wolf Pack history selected in the WNBA draft after being the 25th overall pick by Tulsa.

* April 26, 2015: After upsets in the earlier rounds, Nevada men's tennis plays in the MW Tournament championship, losing to Boise State, 4-3.

* May 3, 2015: Nevada baseball beats New Mexico, 14-9 in 10 innings, to clinch the school's first MW championship. Nevada goes 41-15 and gets snubbed from the NCAA Tournament.

* June 8, 2015: After two seasons at Nevada, baseball coach Jay Johnson is hired away by Arizona. Johnson leads the Wildcats within one inning of winning the 2016 NCAA title.

* Sept. 15, 2015: Brian Polian is fined $10,000 by the Wolf Pack after being called for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during a 44-20 loss to Arizona.

* Dec. 28, 2015: Nevada begins construction on an $11.5 million renovation of Mackay Stadium that includes a new club level, loge boxes, seat-back chairs and a video board.

* Feb. 20, 2016: The swimming and diving program wins the second MW title in school history, beating SDSU by 153 points. It remains the only women's MW title in Nevada history.

* March 17, 2016: Sharae Zheng wins the 1M and 3M NCAA dive to become the Wolf Pack's first national champion since 2002 and the eighth individual champ in school history.

* March 20, 2016: Wolf Pack first baseman Jennifer Purcell ties an NCAA record with hits in 13 consecutive at-bats. Nevada also turns the program's first triple play.

* April 1, 2016: Nevada basketball wins the College Basketball Invitational World Championship™ to cap a 24-win season in the first year under Eric Musselman.

* Aug 4, 2016: Nevada baseball player TJ Friedl signs a professional deal with the Reds that includes a $735,000 bonus, the largest ever for a domestic non-drafted free agent.

* May 26, 2016: The Wolf Pack gets a commitment from Caleb and Cody Martin, who are transferring out of North Carolina State. The move changes the trajectory of the program.

* Nov. 26, 2016: Brian Polian wins his final game at Nevada, a 45-10 thrashing of UNLV in Las Vegas, before being fired the next day. He finishes his Wolf Pack career at 23-27.

* Dec. 9, 2016: Nevada hires Jay Norvell as its head football coach. Norvell comes to Nevada from Arizona State where he was the wide receivers coach/pass game coordinator.

* Jan. 8, 2017: Down 25 points in the second half and 14 points with 74 seconds remaining, Nevada rallies to beat New Mexico, 105-104, in overtime, in one of college's great comebacks.

* Feb. 9, 2017: With famed ring announcer Michael Buffer doing pre-game introductions, Nevada pastes UNLV, 104-77. D.J. Fenner scores 37 points before a record 11,841 fans.

* March 1, 2017: After nine seasons as Nevada's women's basketball coach, Jane Albright retires. She went 115-165 at Nevada and won 512 games in her college coaching career.

* March 4, 2017: In its regular-season finale, Nevada basketball beats Colorado State, 85-72, to win its first of four MW titles. The Wolf Pack beats the Rams for the MW Tournament title seven days later.

* March 10, 2017: The Wolf Pack plays its first home match on its new on-campus tennis courts, the $2.3 million McArthur Tennis Center.

* March 11, 2017: Nevada men's golf wins the Jackrabbit Invitational, its first tournament victory since 2009 and first win over UNLV in a decade.

* March 16, 2017: Nevada basketball plays its in first NCAA Tournament game in a decade, losing to Iowa State, 84-73. It was the first of three straight Big Dance berths.

* March 31, 2017: The Wolf Pack hires Amanda Levens as its head women's basketball coach after five seasons as the associate head coach of her alma mater, Arizona State.

* April 26, 2017: Claudia Herrero is Nevada's first women's tennis conference player of the year; she also plays in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

* Sept. 15, 2017: The Wolf Pack dedicates the Ramon Sessions Performance Center, a $3 million basketball practice facility funded in part via a $1 million donation from Sessions.

* March 9, 2018: Nevada women's basketball reaches its first MW Tournament championship game, losing to Boise State, 62-60. Nevada later advances to the WBI's semifinals.

* March 18, 2018: Nevada basketball rallies a 22-point deficit in the 2018 NCAA Tournament to beat No. 2 seed Cincinnati, 75-73, and reach the second Sweet 16 in program history.

* May 2, 2018: Nevada men's golf is selected for its first NCAA Regional since 2007. The Wolf Pack would go on to qualify for the NCAA Regionals in 2019.

* May 11, 2018: The Wolf Pack lands its second McDonald's All-American ever when Jordan Brown commits to the Wolf Pack. He transfers to Arizona after one season.

* May 18, 2018: Nevada baseball beats San Diego State, 13-3, to win the conference's regular-season championship. It is the second MW title in program history.

* Nov. 26, 2018: Wolf Pack basketball reaches a program-best No. 5 ranking nationally. Nevada starts the season 24-1 before losing four of its final nine games.

* Dec. 15, 2018: Nevada announces it will shutter its award-winning rifle program and start a men's cross country program, which was disbanded in the 1990s.

* Feb. 27, 2019: Nick Fazekas' No. 22 is retired, making him the second player in men's basketball history to get the honor and the sixth Wolf Pack alum ever.

* March 2, 2019: Nevada basketball loses at Utah State, 81-76, in a game remembered for Jordan Caroline punching a glass fire extinguisher case near the locker room.

* April 7, 2019: Eric Musselman leaves Nevada for Arkansas. Musselman won 110 games, four MW titles and reached three NCAA tournaments in his four years with the Wolf Pack.

* Apr 11, 2019: Nevada hires former UCLA coach Steve Alford to a record-breaking 10-year, $11.6 million contract, the largest in school history.

* April 17, 2019: Wolf Pack women's golf nearly overcomes a 10-shot final-round deficit at the MW Championship, losing to San Diego State by one shot.

* June 8, 2019: Track and field star Nicola Ader collects three All-American honors at the outdoor NCAA championships to become the most decorated athlete in program history.

* June 20, 2019: Cody Martin becomes the first Wolf Pack player selected in the NBA draft since 2010 (he goes 36th overall to Charlotte); his brother, Caleb, also signs with Charlotte.

* Aug. 30, 2019: Walk-on kicker Brandon Talton boots a game-winning 56-yard field goal as time expires as Nevada rallies to beat Purdue, 34-31. Talton gets a scholarship after the game.

* Sept. 12, 2019: Nevada inducts a historic all-female Hall of Fame class to honor its 100 years of Wolf Pack women's athletics. The class includes nine inductees.

* Nov. 9, 2019: Wolf Pack football scores its first road win over a Top 25 team when it beats No. 24-ranked San Diego State, 17-13.

* Nov. 30, 2019: A brawl breaks out at Mackay Stadium after Nevada loses, 33-30, in overtime to rival UNLV. The fight was sparked by a Nevada player sucker-punching a UNLV player.


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