Craig Neal introduced as UNM's new basketball coach (UPDATED)

Posted at: 04/03/2013 3:55 PM
Updated at: 04/03/2013 7:02 PM
By: staff; The Associated Press

Photo: Craig Neal
Photo: Craig Neal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Stopping at times to choke back tears during an introductory news conference Wednesday, Craig Neal stepped in to replace his childhood friend, Steve Alford, as the New Mexico men's basketball coach.

Neal noted he and Alford had worked together for 10 years. Alford ended that partnership Saturday when he accepted the job at UCLA after six years at New Mexico.

Now Neal steps in for his first head coaching position.

Many members of the community lobbied for Neal, as did former and current players.

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