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Rivals? Not on the bench

Originally Published: February 2, 2004
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Former New Mexico State coach Neil McCarthy played the role of the villian perfectly. Sure, the rest of the nation may not have been able to pick him out of a lineup, but the New Mexico fans who filled the Pit in the 1980s loved to hate public enemy No. 1.

They could smell him coming, his clove cigarette signaling his entrance into New Mexico's home court. McCarthy would walk tall down the tunnel into the Pit, ignoring the "No Smoking" signs along the way to the bench. And, on the occasion ...

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