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Friend leaves UNM and Neal gets his shot

Updated: April 25, 2013, 2:35 PM ET
By Andy Katz

It's not fair to say Craig Neal was forever content to be an assistant coach. He tried to get the head jobs at Georgia Tech and Colorado State in recent years. The effort was made.

But it's also safe to say Neal wasn't heartbroken when the offers didn't come.

He was coaching with -- not really ever under -- his best friend Steve Alford at New Mexico. His son Cullen was tearing up the Albuquerque high school scene as a big-time scorer. He loved taking his motorcycle on rides through ...

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