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Hyde, Nevada Las Vegas Football Coach, Fired

Football Coach Harvey Hyde of Nevada Las Vegas, nine of whose players have had trouble with the law in recent months, was fired Wednesday.

Robert Maxson, Las Vegas president, named assistant coach Wayne Nunnely as interim head coach through the 1986 season.

Hyde, 44, has three years left on his $62,500-a-year contract, which the school will honor. The native of Pasadena, became coach at Las Vegas in 1982 after coaching at Pasadena City College.

Hyde had a 26-19-1 record in his four years at Las Vegas, but 18 victories, along with the California Bowl championship in 1984 and the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. title, were forfeited because of questionable admission procedures in the cases of several players.

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Six Las Vegas players are on suspension after being arrested in the last three months on a variety of charges. Another player was dismissed from the team after he was arrested for possessing stolen credit cards and for burglary, and two others were also charged with crimes.

In the latest incident, wide receiver Allen Gardenhire was dropped from the team last weekend after having been arrested while allegedly trying to use stolen credit cards at a local mall.


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