Year Two of the Paul Weir era as the head coach of the University of New Mexico Lobos officially tips off on Tuesday in Northridge, Calif.
But in a Thursday news conference in Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit to preview the season opener at Cal. State-Northridge, Weir was already in midseason form at sending his us-against-the-world message.
“I told the guys this, they may all think they’re the greatest,” Weir said when discussing his continued philosophy on alternating starting lineups each game (see more below). “And you all may think they’re the greatest. But there’s … some kind of rankings that came out (on the website Mountain West Wire that ranked the league’s top 25 players) and we don’t have anyone in the top 10, top 12 (the highest ranked Lobo is actually No. 15 JaQuan Lyle, who is out for the season with an injured Achilles).
“No one thinks any of you guys are any good. Sports Illustrated has us picked 150th or something, fifth in the league. I know there’s a lot of noise around (about this season’s team being better than last), but in general, we’ve got a lot to prove and so do our guys. Nothing has changed on my end. We’ve got to find a way to go out and outwork people and play harder and more unselfish and do things as a team because nobody else seems to think we have some star player we’re going to ride to the promised land.”