At least two potential candidates for the vacant University of New Mexico men’s basketball head coaching job appear out of the running.
Albuquerque native James Borrego has taken himself out of the running, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, editor of TheVertical.com.
Wojnarowski posted on his Twitter account: “Sources: San Antonio assistant James Borrego, frontrunner for the New Mexico Lobos coaching job, has decided to remain with the Spurs.
“Borrego, a finalist for Grizzlies and Rockets head coaching jobs in 2016, wants to continue his NBA pursuit.”
Borrego did not return a text message from the Journal on Sunday seeking comment.
On Sunday afternoon, the University of Texas-Arlington’s Scott Cross told the Journal he was not in the running for the job. It is unclear if that has changed with the apparent decision by Borrego to not pursue the job.
UNM athletic director Paul Krebs has declined to talk details or candidates during his search.
UNM has also declined to put a specific time table on when it hopes to name a new coach.
This week starts one of the busier times on the college basketball recruiting calendar with the regular signing period beginning Wednesday.
The job was opened on March 31 when Craig Neal was fired after four seasons as head coach of the Lobos.
The team posted a 17-15 record this past season while the Pit saw its average home attendance drop to its lowest level since the arena opened 51 seasons ago.