Report: FGCU’s Joe Dooley To Interview For New Mexico Opening

    New Mexico is looking for a new head men's basketball coach after dismissing Craig Neal. FGCU's Joe Dooley is reportedly interested in the opening.

    April 2, 2017

    New Mexico is looking for a new head men’s basketball coach after dismissing Craig Neal. FGCU’s Joe Dooley is reportedly interested in the opening.


    New Mexico dismissed head men’s basketball coach Craig Neal late on Friday evening, three weeks after AD Paul Krebs announced that Neal would be returning for the 2017-18 season. The Lobos finished 17-14 this season and failed to earn an NCAA Tournament bid for the third straight year.

    Krebs is in Glendale, AZ, at the Final Four, which enables him to interview potential candidates this weekend because most every Division I coach is in town for the event. Krebs has started the process and will reportedly interview Florida Gulf Coast head coach and former Lobo assistant Joe Dooley on Sunday.

    Dooley may be interested in returning to Albuquerque, where hoops fans are looking for a reason to be excited after the team has combined to go 49-45 over the past three seasons. After taking over for Andy Enfield, Dooley has led Florida Gulf Coast to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and four postseason tournaments in a row.

    He was a Lobos assistant under Fran Fraschilla (1999-2002) and also spent a decade at Kansas under Bill Self until he took over as the Eagles head coach. At Florida Gulf Coast, Dooley is earning $277,750 annually, so moving to the Mountain West would likely at least double his salary.

    Whoever does earn the New Mexico gig will have to do a strong recruiting job right off the bat, as four Lobo players with eligibility remaining announced they were transferring with two more pondering the same move, news that came before Neal was fired.

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