But when it does start, new University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach Paul Weir, the former NMSU head coach, wants the entire state to be focused on the Pit on opening weekend.
He hopes to start the season off with a weekend of basketball inviting all the state’s non-Division I programs, and at some point hopefully even incorporating high school teams, into a weekend-long basketball event. The hope is to make it an annual event in which the Lobos open each season with one of three Division II opponents — Eastern New Mexico, Western New Mexico or New Mexico Highlands — with the other schools either playing each other or other opponents all under the same roof.
“We’re attempting to put together an opening weekend of basketball for all schools in the state of New Mexico,” Weir said. “That’d be my hope. We’re trying to get everyone on the same page in terms of keeping that opening weekend open for something like this. …
“At the very least, I want everyone in this state to feel a part of this program. I want them to be able to use this as a recruiting tool and say everyone plays in the Pit at least once a year, even if it isn’t against us.”