Head coach Paul Weir met with the media on Thursday, a day after the official release of the New Mexico men’s basketball schedule. The coach gave some program updates, talked about some projects and answered more detailed questions about the schedule.
When asked about what kind of reaction he had received from fans after the schedule came out, Weir said he wasn’t quite sure yet.
“I don’t have social media on my phone. I’ll check social media when I get to my computer or something like that. I’m hopeful they are supportive of it,” Weir explained. “I’m hopeful they’ll come to a lot of games. We are trying to do everything we can to get The Pit full so hopefully they’ll embrace it, embrace us and support the program.”
Here are the major updates from Thursday’s press conference:
- Weir says he thinks the strength of the schedule is it’s depth.
“Maybe it doesn’t have that sexy name or two that you’re going to go home and go, ‘Wow the Lobos are playing this team and that team.’ But when you pile up all these teams… we’ve put together a very deep schedule.”
- The NCAA has its hands on the waiver, but UNM is still waiting to hear on the decision for Carlton Bragg to see if he can be eligible to play this semester or if he will have to wait until December.
- Preseason ends Sept. 25th. The Lobos will get a couple of days off and will have their first official practice on the 28th.
- Dane Kuiper has been dealing with back issues. Weir says it’s nothing major but he’s been held out and missed last week to make sure he’s healthy for the season.
- Kevin Mackey, Indiana Pacers scout and former head coach at Cleveland State, was in Albuquerque. He met the team and watched practice/film. There will be other coaches visiting throughout the fall.
Other notes from Thursday
- Dreamstyle Arena aka The Pit came in at No. 6 in Sports Illustrated’s Top Ten Toughest Arenas for Opponents in College Basketball.