CRAIG NEAL DROPPED AS HEAD COACH OF UNM BASKETBALL TEAM Albuquerque 87114
Neal ‘s initial record of 27 wins with 15 conference victories, a Mountain West tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth where the Lobos were seeded in 7th place was a great beginning, but his record tapered off after early successes.
In his overall record for four seasons, Neal posted 76-52 record, 42-30 in Mountain West play. A serious decline in ticket sales after the first two years, along with the fans criticisms relating with his use of his son on the team, added to the pressure to remove Neal from the coaching position.
Neal was the highest paid state employee at a salary and compensations of $950,000 per year. His contract provided a $1,000,000 buy-out package, along with paying him the remainder of the year’s salary.
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