Craig Neal takes over at New Mexico

Updated: April 3, 2013, 11:37 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Stopping at times to choke back tears during an introductory news conference Wednesday, Craig Neal stepped in to replace his childhood friend, Steve Alford, as New Mexico men's basketball coach.

"I have to thank the guy who brought me here six years ago, Steve Alford, who has done more for this program than any coach in the history of the program," Neal said. "He's been a friend of mine since the third grade. It's very hard. We've been together for 10 years. We've worked ...

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