LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Craig Neal didn’t come up much at Wednesday’s Mountain West preseason media conference at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
But the always outspoken Larry Eustachy, the Colorado State coach who remains close with the former University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach, made it clear that he believes his friend was in a no-win situation coaching the Lobos. Eustachy also had some strong words about what new UNM coach Paul Weir is getting himself into.
“I think he’s got the worst job in the country,” said Eustachy. “I just told him that. It doesn’t pay enough. If I got paid $5 million, I’d take all that crap that you get in Albuquerque, but he doesn’t make enough money. But that place is different, as you know. It’s a different beast.”
Eustachy has expressed similar sentiments, at least in recent years. He and his wife, who is also close friends with Janet Neal, have each made comments to the Journal critical of how Cullen Neal, the former Lobo and coach’s son, was treated by fans and media. They followed closely how the Neal era ended with fan discontent and media scrutiny.