The Board of Regents will consider Polian's hiring at its scheduled meeting Friday in Las Vegas.
The proposed agreement calls for a five-year contract for Polian with a base salary of $475,000 plus incentives. Polian has coached in the collegiate ranks for 16 years, though none of those years was as a defensive or offensive coordinator or head coach.
“Brian brings terrific energy and enthusiasm, an impressive and well-grounded coaching philosophy and a tremendous reputation as a recruiter and coach,” Nevada president Marc Johnson said.
The 38-year-old Polian spent the 2012 season as the special teams and tight ends coach at Texas A&M. Polian has also coached at Stanford (2010-11), Notre Dame (2005-09), UCF (2004) and Buffalo (2001-03).
Polian replaces Chris Ault, who stepped down on Dec. 28 after 28 seasons as head coach.
“I would like to thank President Johnson and Cary for the incredible opportunity that they have presented me with,” Polian said. “I cannot express how excited I am to lead the Nevada football program into what will be a very bright future. I also want to take a moment to recognize and thank Coach Ault for the incredible foundation he has laid for Wolf Pack football. It is an honor for me to work to continue that legacy."
Polian, the son of former NFL executive Bill Polian, has mainly been a special teams coach throughout his career, though he has coached on offense and defense.
Polian played linebacker at John Carroll University from 1993-96.