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.
Sources: New Mexico's Paul Weir is not expected to return as head coach next season. An official announcement is expected soon.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 27, 2021
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 GoLobos.com. “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.