ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – He became the University of Nevada-Las Vegas head basketball coach over the weekend. Former New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies is now waiting on final approval on his contract to coach the Rebels. Details of the deal were not made public but, it is believed to be a 5 year deal worth $3.7 million. Reports in Las Vegas said the contract was given to the Nevada System of Higher Education and is expected to make its way to the Nevada Board of Regents by Friday.
Meanwhile, in Las Cruces the search for a replacement for Menzies has started. NMSU Asssociate Head Coach Paul Weir will get a good hard look. When talking about Weir at a press conference Monday, NMSU Athletics director Mario Moccia said they “told Paul that if he wanted to, he would be in our finalist group and get every consideration.”
Weir has been with the program for the last 10 seasons. Moccia made it clear that they would not rush to fill the position. Moccia plans on gathering a small committee together to help make the hire. The new coach could be one player short when he arrives. Aggies junior guard Ian Baker has decided to put his name in the NBA draft. Baker did not hire an agent. That would allow him to return for his senior season should he decide he needs to do so.
Baker wants to get an evaluation on his talent level from the league. “Would think any competitor would want to be in this situation,” said Baker. “You get to get yourself evaluated and learn about yourself. You get to get feedback from people on the highest level. So, I would think it was for anybody.”