Tag:New Mexico State
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:55 pm

Source: UNLV to hire BYU assistant Rice

BYU associate head coach Dave Rice is expected to be announced as UNLV's next head coach in the next 24 hours, a source told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

Rice is a UNLV graduate who was part of Jerry Tarkanian's 1990 national championship team. The California native was an assistant at UNLV for 11 seasons under Tarkanian, Tim Grgurich, Bill Bayno and Charlie Spoonhour. He joined the Utah State staff in 2004, then the BYU staff in 2005.

Rice was one of four candidates to interview for the UNLV job. The others were former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, former Oregon coach Ernie Kent and current St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap. Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown expressed interest in the opening, according to SI.com. But a source told CBSSports.com he was never seriously considered.

"Dave is an outstanding teacher of the game and has always been part of successful programs both as a player and a coach," BYU coach Dave Rose once said of Rice. "Dave possesses a complete knowledge of the game and has done a terrific job coordinating our game plans and recruiting efforts. He is also a tireless worker and a great person."

Rice will replace Lon Kruger.

Kruger left to be Oklahoma's new coach.
Posted on: April 9, 2011 9:54 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2011 10:00 pm

Report: Brown interested in coaching UNLV

Larry Brown is interested in becoming UNLV's next coach and has even had conversations with UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood, SI.com reported Saturday. But the school has already announced the four finalists for the job are BYU assistant Dave Rice, former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, former Oregon coach Ernie Kent and St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap, meaning there's no indication Brown is being seriously considered.

"The list has been narrowed down to four outstanding candidates and I am looking forward to continuing the interview process," Livengood said in a statement. "We are looking forward to naming our new head coach very soon."

Rice and Theus, both of whom are former UNLV players, are considered the leading candidates.

UNLV is expected to hire one of them on Sunday or Monday.

Brown, 70, was fired by the Bobcats in December.

He hasn't coached college basketball since leading Kansas to the national title in 1988.
Posted on: September 24, 2008 10:23 pm

Higgins (already) out at New Mexico State

Johnny Higgins is leaving New Mexico State before he ever played a game.

"He's going to transfer," Higgins' former AAU coach, Anthony Lewis, told CBSSports.com by phone. "He's transferring to New Mexico Junior College."

Though Lewis said he had no knowledge of an incident, a source told CBSSports.com that Higgins was involved in a physical altercation that precipitated this development. Reached by phone late Wednesday, New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies declined comment but said the school did plan to make a Thursday morning announcement about Higgins, a 6-2 point guard who played at Notre Dame Prep last season.

Higgins signed with New Mexico State in May.

Posted on: September 2, 2008 2:07 am

Pope enrolling at Seton Hall

Herb Pope will enroll at Seton Hall this week, a source told CBSSports.com late Monday.

According to the source, the former New Mexico State standout will ask the NCAA for a waiver to play immediately. But it's unclear whether the request will be heard by the start of the season and doubtful it would be granted even if it was, meaning the more likely scenario is that Pope will miss this season and then be eligible to play at Seton Hall in the 2009-10 campaign (assuming he progresses academically and doesn't get into any off-the-court trouble) with three years of eligibility remaining.

Pope averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds last season at NMSU.

Posted on: September 1, 2008 12:43 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2008 2:20 am

So now Pope is leaving (sigh)

I'm getting sick of writing about Herb Pope.

I mean, really sick.

But I still must spend part of this Labor Day telling you the New Mexico State knucklehead has in fact decided to transfer to Seton Hall, this after telling the Aggies staff Friday that he planned to stay. Even then, I wrote a column that contained the following words:

This month-long roller coaster is over.

But only temporarily.

As surely as Pacman Jones will eventually wear out his welcome in Dallas and Brett Favre will waffle on his retirement plans again, Herb Pope will continue to force the New Mexico State staff into situations where it would be foolish to ever count on him in any major way. It might be another arrest or flirtation with a Big East school. Who knows? But just trust me when I tell you this will not be the last time Marvin Menzies sits in his office scratching his head and wondering exactly how to resolve the latest Pope soap opera.

In fairness, I did not think Hope would change his mind again by the end of the weekend.

I guess I gave him too much credit.

But that's exactly what he did, and now he's going to transfer closer to his Pittsburgh-area home. That's fine, I guess. But if Pope thinks he's going to get an NCAA waiver to play immediately he'd better think again because he's probably wrong. I mean, he's been quoted many times talking about how he basically raised himself and that the most-important thing for him was to leave home and get out of a bad environment, so it's hard to believe it's now in his best interest to move close to home.

In other words, I'll be shocked if the NCAA grants a waiver.

But I suppose we'll see.

Posted on: August 29, 2008 1:15 pm

Pope returning to New Mexico State

After asking for a release and visiting Seton Hall, Herb Pope has decided to return to New Mexico State, Aggies coach Marvin Menzies told CBSSports.com on Friday morning.

"He was just investigating an option that would bring him closer to home because of some personal issues," Menzies said. "But that wasn't something that materialized. ... So he's more than happy to return to New Mexico State for the season."

A 6-foot-9 forward, Pope averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season while leading NMSU to a 21-14 record. But his future became uncertain in recent weeks when he ventured across the country and visited Seton Hall. According to sources, Duquesne was also considered. But Pope told the Aggies staff Friday morning that he will return to New Mexico State, and Menzies said his star sophomore is expected to begin classes as early as today.

Posted on: August 28, 2008 5:54 pm

New Mexico State on the verge of losing Pope

Herb Pope has been granted a release from New Mexico State and is considering a transfer.

I think I'll have more thoughts on this subject later, like on Friday.

But either way, it's gonna be tough on second-year coach Marvin Menzies if he loses his most-talented player less than three months before the season. Pope averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2007-08. But the most telling stat was that New Mexico State went 9-10 before Pope joined the team and 12-4 with him in the lineup.

For what it's worth, Pope has already visited Seton Hall.

Sources claim that is his likely destination, assuming he leaves NMSU.
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