McKay has personal ties to New Mexico, as his father, Joe, played for the Lobos from 1960-1963.
It was a tumultuous year for the Beavers. They finished ninth in the conference and missed the Pac-10 tournament. Guard Jimmie Haywood and Forward Brian Jackson quit the team in the middle of the season, before a key game with Washington, citing differences with McKay and personal reasons. Haywood announced he was transferring to the University of Portland, while Jackson later returned after working out his problems with McKay.
Barnhart has already begun a search for McKay's replacement. It is doubtful that any of McKay's assistants will be considered for the position, with Barnhart said to be leaning toward a candidate from outside the program.
New Mexico hires McKay away from Oregon State (Gazette Times)
New Mexico hires McKay (Oregonian)
New Mexico hires OSU's McKay (Statesman Journal)
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