Craig “Noodles” Neal to lead the LobosApril 2nd, 2013 at 6:50 pm by vantate under Sports
Craig Neal can now take the interim tag off of his name. Neal has been hired as new men’s basketball coach at the University of New Mexico. He replaces Steve Alford who left for the top job at UCLA over the weekend. Neal will reportedly get a 5 year deal worth 750 thousand dollars per season. The new deal also has incentives built in and will make Neal one of the four highest paid coaches in the Mountain West Conference. When talking about the hire UNM Athletics Director Paul Krebs said, ” Craig was the man for the job. We did our due dilligence and feel great about the hire. We are excited.” Neal had the support of fans and players. In fact, some of the players hinted that they might seek other options if Neal did not get the job. With Neal on board, the Lobos can try to continue the success they have had the last six years ,concentrate on staying together and prepare for the recruiting season. A press conference to introduce Neal as the 20th men’s basketball coach at the University of New Mexico is scheduled for tomorrow at 3pm.