The most anticipated football game in Mackay Stadium history is not going to happen.
The UCLA Bruins, who were scheduled to visit Reno in the 2016 season, have been taken off the Nevada Wolf Pack's schedule. The Wolf Pack, which lost at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to UCLA last Aug. 30, 58-20, was supposed to play at UCLA again next year and host the Bruins in 2016 as part of a three-game agreement.
UCLA and the Wolf Pack, though, announced Thursday that the remaining two games of the contract have been cancelled. UCLA has replaced the Wolf Pack on its schedule with a home-and-home series against BYU in 2015 and 2016.
The UCLA game in 2016 is the second game against a Pac-12 opponent that has been taken off the Pack's home schedule in the last two years. A game against Oregon last year was also removed.
The Wolf Pack announced a series of scheduling moves . . .
- The Wolf Pack will play at Texas A&M on Sept., 19, 2015. Current Wolf Pack head coach Brian Polian coached at Texas A&M in 2012,
- Nevada will now play Buffalo in upstate New York in 2015 and at Reno in 2016. Polian and Wolf Pack assistant coach Jim Hofher are former Buffalo coaches.
- The Wolf Pack will no longer play BYU in Provo, Utah in 2019.
- The Wolf Pack’s game at Idaho in 2015 has also been cancelled. The two schools, however, have not ruled out a possible future meeting.
“The landscape of college football is ever-changing and there was a need to restructure our future schedules,” athletics director Doug Knuth said.
“I am pleased with the adjustments that we have accomplished in our future schedules," Polian said. "There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to scheduling, not the least of which is how tough and competitive the Mountain West is, year-in and year-out.”
“From a football point of view, the Texas A&M game offers our players and fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Kyle Field, one of college football’s great atmospheres. Having spent a season in College Station, I can attest to what a unique place it is to play a game. It also gives us a chance to have a presence in the state of Texas, where we have committed recruiting resources and have found some success."