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New Mexico Makes Decision On Head Basketball Coach

A rack of NCAA basketballs.

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

New Mexico basketball has made a decision on whether head coach Paul Weir will return for the 2021-22 season.

The Lobos are just 6-14 this season and will miss a fourth straight NCAA Tournament with Weir at the helm. New Mexico officials are now looking to make a change.

Weir won't return as head coach at New Mexico beyond this season, as first reported by college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nunez confirmed such news in a statement on Saturday.

"Paul and I agree that a change of leadership in our men’s basketball program is in our best interest at this time,” Nunez said, via “While this year has certainly been challenging for Coach Weir, his staff, and our student-athletes, after evaluating the overall program, it is the appropriate time for a new beginning. I want to thank Paul and his family for their commitment and service to New Mexico and we wish them the very best in the future.”

Paul Weir came to New Mexico after a 10-year stint at New Mexico State, including one year as head coach. During that season leading the Aggies, NMSU went a 28-6 record and made an NCAA Tournament appearance.

New Mexico hired Weir ahead of the 2017 season. In four years with New Mexico, the Lobos never made the NCAA Tournament.

The college basketball coaching carousel is beginning a bit early this year with New Mexico basketball now seeking a new head coach.