Marvin Menzies, who inherited a chaotic situation three years ago at UNLV but never appeared to energize the program and fan base, was fired as the Rebels’ basketball coach on Friday.

UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois confirmed Friday afternoon to the Review-Journal that Menzies had been fired and that a news release was forthcoming.

Menzies, 57, went 48-48 with UNLV. He’s owed an $800,000 buyout, according to his contract, after making $700,000 in each of his first three seasons.

Reed-Francois will conduct her first major coaching search since being hired almost two years ago. Coaches who could be on her short list include former NBA and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, ex-NBA coach and Hall of Fame player Jason Kidd, and former UCLA and New Mexico coach Steve Alford.