New Mexico announced Friday that Paul Weir would be stepping down at the end of the season. Weir has two years left on his contract but will move on in light of a bumpy four-year run. The Lobos are 58-61 since he got the job. New Mexico has one game left on its schedule (at Colorado State Wednesday) before the Mountain West tournament next week
“This is the perfect time for a transition in Lobo Basketball,” Weir said in a statement. “I can’t imagine a more optimal epoch than now for all of us to embrace a fresh start. I am incredibly thankful to Eddie, President Stokes, and the UNM personnel that have kindly provided the opportunity for me to segue my career in such a courteous manner. Their leadership will surely make this next chapter of Lobo Basketball the greatest one yet.”
Also on Friday: the first hiring of the 2021 college basketball coaching carousel was made. It was historic.
Wichita State athletic director Darron Boatright announced the school and Isaac Brown agreed to terms. Brown signed a five-year deal this week and, as the school notes, is “the first Black men’s basketball coach ever to lead a Division I program in the state of Kansas.” A source confirmed the contract is worth $6 million before incentives.
The 51-year-old Brown was the interim from mid-November until Friday, guiding Wichita State to a 13-4 record in a pandemic-affected season. The Shockers sit atop the American Athletic Conference standings at 9-2, overshooting preseason expectations — when they were picked seventh.
The program was previously roiled in controversy, as former coach Gregg Marshall — the most accomplished coach by a wide margin in Wichita State history — resigned in November after media reports and an internal investigation revealed numerous allegations of physical, verbal and racially insensitive behavior from previous seasons. Brown steadied the school and kept the program headed in the right direction.
The Shockers are 12-2 in their last 14 games and have road contests vs. Tulane and Temple to close out the regular season. This is Brown’s seventh season at the school, and Wichita State noted in its release that the Shockers are 170-54 since he joined Marshall’s staff in 2014. The Shockers are projected to make the NCAA Tournament, currently holding a No. 11 seed in Jerry Palm’s latest Bracketology.
March is a few days away, yet between firings, resignations and, tragically, deaths there are 10 schools employing interim head coaches at the moment.
As we do every hiring cycle, CBS Sports will keep you updated with the latest news, intel and movement on the college coaching carousel. The COVID-19 pandemic led to a much slower turnover process a year ago; the only change in a Major Seven conference was Wake Forest splitting with Danny Manning and hiring Steve Forbes. Three major coaching jobs have already come open (with Wichita State now closed) and there’s potential for another half-dozen to join the fold in the next five weeks.
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