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Here are potential candidates for the NMSU head coaching position:
Chris Crutchfield, Oklahoma associate head coach
Crutchfield was reportedly a finalist for NMSU last year when the job was open. Crutchfield is a former NMSU assistant from 2001-05 under Lou Henson, has been an assistant coach at the Division I level for 15 years and has been at Oklahoma since the 2011-12 season and went to the 2016 Final Four with the Sooners. Crutchfield has never been a head coach at the Division I level, but spent two seasons from 1999-2001 as the head coach at Tyler (Texas) Junior College.
Jesse Bopp, NMSU assistant coach
If NMSU wants a young, energetic head coach like Weir was, Bopp would be that coach. Bopp, 33, spent one season under Weir as an assistant coach and was a huge part of the Aggies’ success this season. Bopp has also worked under, and learned from, tremendous head coaches in Shaka Smart at VCU and Billy Donovan at Florida. Bopp was an assistant at Tennessee-Chattanooga for a season where he helped the Mocs to a Southern Conference title and NCAA Tournament bid in 2016.
Jerome Tang, Baylor assistant coach
Tang was also reportedly a finalist for the NMSU head coaching position last year. Tang just completed his 14th season as an assistant under Scott Drew at Baylor and helped the Bears win the 2013 NIT championship. Prior to Baylor, he was the head coach at Heritage Christian Academy, leading it to four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state championships.
Tony Stubblefield, Oregon assistant coach
Stubblefield is a former NMSU assistant under Henson for six seasons and was the Aggies interim head coach during the 2004-05 season after Henson stepped down for health reasons. Stubblefield was reportedly interested in the UNM head coaching position and has been at Oregon since 2010, helping the Ducks to the Final Four this season.
Stubblefield’s has been an assistant at Cincinnati (2006-10), Texas-Arlington (1996-2000), Texas-San Antonio (1995-96) and Nebraska-Omaha (1993-95).
Casey Owens, Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach
A Las Cruces native and NMSU alum, Owens has been moving up the coaching ladder in pro basketball. He's about to complete his first season an assistant on Luke Walton’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers and was the head coach of the Lakers’ NBA Development League team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, for the 2015-16 season, leading the D-Fenders to the D-League Finals in 2016. Owens has also been a head coach in the Continental Basketball Association and in Venezuela as well.
Ryan Miller, TCU assistant coach
Miller just completed his first season on Jamie Dixon's staff at TCU and has worked under John Calipari at Memphis, Steve Alford at New Mexico, Tony Barbee at Auburn and Dave Rice at UNLV. Miller is known as a great recruiter and in 2015 was named the fourth best recruiter outside of the Power 5 conferences by ESPN's Jeff Borzello and Adam Finkelstein.