ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Easter or not, New Mexico State men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies certainly isn’t putting all his eggs into one basket.
On Friday, Colorado State officials interviewed Menzies for more than five hours about their men’s coaching vacancy — but NMSU is also looking to sweeten the deal to keep its current coach in Las Cruces.
“By the length and the content of the interview, it’s confirmed that (CSU) has a serious interest in Marvin,” said former NMSU regents chairman Bob Gallagher, who spoke on Menzies’ behalf Saturday. “By talking to (NMSU athletic director McKinley Boston), there is a parallel serious interest in seeing Marvin stay.
“In the time being, between university sources and private sources, I think that McKinley is hoping he can sit down with Marvin on Monday morning and offer a package that may allow Marvin to tell Colorado State that he’s not interested, even before they finish the interviews.”
Menzies did not return a phone message from the Journal.
Colorado State officials also interviewed New Mexico associate head coach Craig Neal on Friday in Albuquerque, which he confirmed Saturday but didn’t comment further.
The Journal has learned that CSU officials plan to continue interviews Monday. Other top candidates are Rams assistant coaches Craig Smith and Niko Medved, and Southern Mississippi head coach Larry Eustachy.
The CSU job opened when Tim Miles left to take the head coaching position at Nebraska. According to a report by USA Today, Miles earned $585,000, plus unspecified other revenue, last season, while NMSU paid Menzies $340,500 and Southern Miss paid Eustachy $430,000. Neal’s five-year contract, which runs through the 2013-14 season, is worth $153,000 per year, plus nonspecified incentives.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal