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Sports Speak Up! Readers sound off on the coming UNM/Paul Weir separation

UNM Lobos coach Paul Weir experienced an extremely difficult situation with his team forced to be on the road because of COVID restrictions. This fourth year in his tenure will be his last, UNM announced Friday night. (Courtesy Samuel Marshall Photography)

CAN’T SAY I AM totally surprised with Weir’s departure, but very disappointed nonetheless. He’s certainly a class act, but for the past couple of years just wasn’t getting the job done. I will be most interested in hearing what his next step will be. In retrospect, maybe UNM should have held out for a more seasoned head coach when they parted ways with Noodles.

— Bob, UNM Area

IS THIS WHO we are, New Mexico? Mandate the Lobos live out of hotels rooms in west Texas, deny them their practice facilities, forced to play all road games, and then ask for the coach’s resignation when they fail to win. Coach Weir made a wise choice to step down, he will find success elsewhere. Coach Weir is a class act, New Mexico, not so much. Good luck to the next chump.

— Pope of the Westside

WHEN PAUL WEIR was introduced as UNM basketball coach on April 11, 2017, he would not don the cherry blazer as he said he had to earn such a distinction. Unfortunately, he never wore the blazer and his tenure was marked by player drama and non-fundamental basketball. He was also keeping his golf clubs in his office until UNM earned an NCAA bid. Now a multi-millionaire, courtesy of UNM, hopefully he will follow his calling and the likeable doctor will become the most popular professor at UNM and a fixture at the UNM Championship Golf Course.

— Lobo Town Resident

EIGHT YEARS OF Lobo basketball purgatory are finally ending. Let’s hope UNM AD Nuñez can hire a winner this time around. It wouldn’t hurt to also find a coach who knows how to dress professionally. As stated many times previously, the junior high red sweater belongs on the 50 cent rack at the local thrift store.

— Allan, ABQ

PAUL WEIR IS a good man with a bright future; he is just not a good head coach. Our previous head coach was also someone who was a longtime assistant coach and that didn’t quite work out either. Obviously, this formula doesn’t work; we need someone with head coaching experience, even if at a lower level of play.

— Frank, South Valley

WHILE PAUL WEIR seems to be a nice guy, he didn’t seem committed or have the passion/temperament needed to win at the Division 1 level. Last season’s team lacked any discipline; the inmates (literally) ran the asylum. He was far too complacent this season; never saw him fired up. I think he would be much happier teaching or coaching in a less competitive environment. I would like to see an up and coming assistant coach from a very successful program get an opportunity, rather than recycling an ex-head coach who was fired elsewhere.

— DS

WYOMING COACH Jeff Linder: “I commend Paul, his staff, his kids for what they have had to endure. I can only imagine having to call my wife every single day from a different location — whether that’s in Lubbock, St. George, I mean just all the…different places, it’s like, ‘Where in the World is Paul Weir?’ I mean four months of not being around your family, your kids, I don’t know how you really do it. … It’s not fair to them. I’m sure they’re probably being judged on this year, which I don’t think is fair at all.”

— Just a loyal fan

PAUL WEIR is the most honest person to hold the coach’s job in Loboland. This is a tough job, too many whiners that only support it when it is going good; in fact, some just join the bandwagon when things are going good. I have supported the program plus football since 1962 thru good and bad times and will till the end. Good luck Mr. Weir and may God Bless. Thanks for your effort.

— lobo4ever

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