Craig Neal becoming fans' pick to coach Lobos

Posted at: 04/01/2013 10:13 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Craig Neal
Photo: Craig Neal

It’s only been a few days since Steve Alford made his big announcement that he’s leaving UNM for a head basketball coaching position at UCLA, but already fans and players have made their choice on who should replace him. 

Craig Neal has been Alford’s right hand man as assistant coach.  There is now a Facebook page dedicated to naming Neal as the new head coach and the Twitter hash tag #hirecraigneal is gaining popularity.  A UNM sorority even made t-shirts urging UNM to hire Neal. 

At an Albuquerque City Council meeting Monday night, Councilor Brad Winter made an endorsement. 

“I don't want to be political but I hope UNM does the right thing and makes (Craig Neal) the head coach,” Winter said. 

Craig Neal does have another job offer as an assistant coach under Alford at UCLA.  But Neal has made it abundantly clear that taking the head coaching position at UNM is his first choice.