New Mexico given permission to interview McKay

Oregon State Univeristy gave New Mexico University permission to talk to Ritchie McKay about the vacant men's basketball head coach position at New Mexico.

Fran Frashilla resigned from the head coaching job at New Mexico after 3 seasons and a 16-14 record in 2001-2002. He compiled a 55-41 record while at UNM, including a 21-21 record in the Mountain West Conference.

Rudy Davalos, the University of New Mexico athletic director, said that he and Frashilla were "disappointed that the program did not progress as fast as we would have liked" and that "(we were) disappointed we couldn't reach the expectations that people had of us."

While at UNM, Frashilla led the Lobos to the NIT every year he coached. In 2001-02 the Lobos were eliminated from the first round of the NIT tournament by Minnesota, putting Frashilla's postseason record at 3-3.

McKay does have some experience at coaching in the southwest. He was coach at Colorado State University before taking the head coach post at Oregon State.

The University of New Mexico has a rich basketball tradition. Basketball has been "the" sport at UNM since the early 1960's. Home games are played at "The Pit" the Mountain West Conference's equivalent of the PAC-10's Mac Court.

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