Sunday, June 24, 2007
New Mexico State bringing in four candidates for interviews
By Andy Katz ESPN.com
New Mexico State athletic director McKinley Boston met with four candidates over the weekend in San Diego and plans on bringing them in to Las Cruces Monday through Thursday, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
Texas assistant Rodney Terry will go to the campus Monday, followed by current Arkansas assistant and former Arizona State and Ole Miss head coach Rob Evans Tuesday, USC assistant Gib Arnold on Wednesday and Louisville assistant Marvin Menzies on Thursday, according to sources.
Boston is looking for a hire who will continue the rebuilding job done by Reggie Theus, who in two seasons, took the Aggies from one of the worst teams in the WAC to one of the best with a conference tournament title and an NCAA berth before he left last week to be the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.
According to sources, Boston is essentially imploring that assistant Chris Pompey be retained by the next coach. Pompey has strong ties to a notable recruiting class that includes Pittsburgh-area star Herb Pope.
Evans is by far the most experienced of the group and is the most connected within the state. Evans played and coached at New Mexico State and is a member of the school's athletic hall of fame. He has strong ties within the state, which his critical for the Aggies now that Steve Alford is at New Mexico in Albuquerque as the primary competition for interest and fund raising dollars.
Meanwhile, Menzies offers the Aggies a tie to the same recent pipeline as Theus since he is currently a Rick Pitino assistant just like Theus was before he came to Las Cruces. Menzies has a strong connection to the West Coast after serving as a head coach at Santa Monica City College as well as being an assistant at San Diego State and UNLV.
Arnold has been an assistant primarily in the West and Terry has had success as an assistant under Rick Barnes mining the state of Texas.
A decision on Theus' replacement is expected by the end of the week.
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.