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Report: New Mexico hires Paul Weir from New Mexico State

New Mexico State v Cal State Bakersfield

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11: Head coach Paul Weir of the New Mexico State Aggies reacts after cutting down a piece of a net following the team’s 70-60 win over the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to win the championship game of the Western Athletic Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena on March 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

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New Mexico has hired Paul Weir to replace Craig Neal as head coach.

Weir had spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico State before he was named head coach at the start of the 2016-17 season when Marvin Menzies left for UNLV. New Mexico and New Mexico State are rivals.

In his one season as head coach, Weir went 28-6, winning the WAC tournament title and getting to the NCAA tournament.

His hiring comes after New Mexico swung and missed on a number of higher profile candidates, including Spurs assistant James Borrego, Tim Miles, Joe Dooley, Scott Cross and Steve Forbes.