Not in the mood to post (too much) about Weir. He is gone and I don't want to waste all my energy on a guy that left after 1 year to our rival. So let's talk next season.
First, Harris can't transfer without sitting out a year right??? Sorry, I haven't looked up everything so I am just thinking off the top of my head before I get my day started at work. That gives us a solid point guard to replace Baker.
Second, let's talk bigs. Chuha will be a junior. So now I am assuming our returning starters are all actually returning. Can a new coach convince Tanveer to stay one more year? I understand him leaving because he didn't fit Weir's style. But to me he would still be one of the best centers pretty much on our entire schedule of opponents, WAC and OOC. That is assuming the new hire doesn't want to run and gun. I am thinking more of a Barnes type guy, play tough defense and outrebound the other team.
Third, I still believe we have a solid team returning. If we get Tanveer to stay, we could go Harris/N Dir/Huggins/Chuha/Tanveer. That is some serious talent.
ok, just a little talk about our previous coach. I said it when Weir came in. Menzies left a team ready to win 20+ games. A HUGE part of that optimism was Baker, who turned out to be WAC POY. I won't say next year's squad is necessarily a 20 win team, but if we get all our players back and forget about Weir's new guys that were coming sans Harris, I see a solid 16-18 win team that could definitely get to 20 again with the right coach and system. So basically we can still live off MM's players for 1 more year and focus on getting the right coach to recruit for the 2018-19 season.
Look, I am disappointed as everyone. BUT, let's be open and honest. He was here for 1 year. I said before the season if he did half of what MM did in terms of WAC championships, WAC tourney wins, NCAA appearances, AND graduating players then we would be fortunate. Well, he won a lot of games for ONE season. Don't discount that at all. He beat a horrible UTEP team twice, but MM was 7-1 before that. He did finally beat UNM at home, in a year that UNM fired their coach and finished 5th I believe in MWC. This wasn't Alford we were playing against. He lost to CSU. Beat a horrible Air Force team that finished second to last, but still a MWC win. The best win was Arizona State because it was a P5 win on the road, but I believe they were 8th or 9th in the PAC with some really bad losses. So Weir leaves with a great season for a first year coach record wise, but also finishing 2nd in WAC and another lopsided loss to a very good Baylor team in tourney. That sounds familiar right?
I want a coach that wants to be at NMSU, knowing our budget and all, for 3-5 years. Because of what Weir did, I have even more respect for MM than I did before. He was loyal and won a ton of games and graduated players. Money isn't everything. Many of us on this board have graduated from NMSU and make a good living and stayed in the LC/EP area because we love it here. Haskins stayed forever and won a national championship at UTEP. Henson is a HOF coach and stayed decades. MM stayed and won. It can be done. Fisher at SDSU, Stew at USU, there are numerous examples of coaches staying and winning at mid majors that could have made more money, but loved their school and stayed.
I am not wishing Weir any ill will. He did what he thought was right for his career and family and cashed in, using NMSU as a stepping stone. Now we have another opportunity to find a young hungry coach that will inherit a good team, not great but good solid players. He won't have the pressure of coming in and trying to turn around a 10 or 15 win team and say filling 9 scholarships last minute. He can focus on coaching and recruiting for the next season. Go work some magic Mario. We may not be able to pay MWC money, but 300-400k to do what you love to do, coach D1 basketball in the sunny southwest, heck this is still a dream job for so many coaches. We just have to find the right one.
Anyway, my 2 cents. Harris staying and being the player we think he can be is a great start. Tanveer coming back would be awesome, but probably highly unlikely. Chuha needs to come back with a monster chip on his shoulder and lick his chops to see Weir on the other sideline twice a year. Pennie needs to be chomping at the bit after sitting out the season in Weir's doghouse. I hope the players really use this as a motivation to prove they deserved better and go out and surprise everyone with a monster year. They have the talent to win right now. Go Aggies.