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Joe Dooley out of the mix at New Mexico

UNM hires Paul Weir as its next head men's basketball coach.

Florida Gulf Coast fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

After a roller coaster of a coaching search, New Mexico has hired Paul Weir to head its men's basketball program, according to ESPN.


Joe Dooley was reportedly a front runner for at UNM for a while before his name eventually left the mix yesterday. A twisting and winding coaching search saw most of the early front runners leave the fray before the Lobos eventually settled on Weir, who was hired at New Mexico State just a year ago.

But what matters for FGCU fans is that Dooley appears to be staying in Fort Myers. Barring a surprise move - there aren't many openings left that make much sense - it looks as if he will be back to coach his fifth season on the Florida Gulf Coast sidelines.

And expectations are once again high for a stacked Eagles roster. Coming off arguably the best individual season in FGCU history, Brandon Goodwin is primed for a dominant senior season. Meanwhile since both coming to the nest in the same recruiting class, Zach Johnson and Christian Terrell have grown into centerpieces for this FGCU squad.

Despite the losses of Demetris Morant and Marc-Eddy Norelia, the Eagles have reloaded in the front court with the additions of transfer Ricky Doyle, a traditional post-up big man from Michigan, and Michael Gilmore, a stretch four out of VCU/Miami. The latter of the two won't be available until after the conclusion of the fall semester.

FGCU also brings in Brian Thomas, a three-star big man out of Marietta, Ga. And it doesn't look like the Eagles are done in this class. JUCO wing Dinero Mercurius, who spent a season at USF, took an official visit to Dunk City over the weekend. Gardner Webb transfer Laquincy Rideau, a sophomore guard who stuffed the stat sheet last season, also informed Scout that he will be visiting FGCU later this week.

The Eagles are also reportedly recruiting Memphis transfer Keon Clergeot, a West Palm Beach, Fla. native.


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