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New Mexico hires Craig Neal

Updated: April 2, 2013, 10:03 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

New Mexico has hired Craig "Noodles" Neal to replace his close friend Steve Alford as coach of the Lobos.

Neal will sign a five-year contract worth $750,000 annually, plus incentives. The deal will make Neal one of the four highest-paid coaches in the Mountain West Conference.

New Mexico will hold a news conference to announce Neal as coach Wednesday, four days after Alford left the Lobos to accept the coaching job at UCLA. Alford was introduced at UCLA on Tuesday.

Neal was the ...

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