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Craig Neal hired as head coach at New Mexico

Updated: April 2, 2013, 10:56 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico didn't have to look far to find its next head coach.

Craig Neal, who spent the past six seasons as the team's top assistant, was hired Tuesday to replace Steve Alford.

Athletic director Paul Krebs made the announcement in a one-word tweet: "Noodles," a reference to Neal's nickname. The university confirmed that Neal would be introduced as UNM's 20th head basketball coach during a news conference Wednesday.

As assistant head coach under Alford, ...

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