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NMSU hires Chris Jans as new men's basketball coach

J.P. Murrieta
April 17, 2017 10:41 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State has a new men's basketball coach.

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On Monday, the school announced the hiring of Wichita State assistant Chris Jans to replace Paul Weir. Jans was the head coach at Bowling Green for a year before the school fired him after an incident at a bar where he acknowledged acting inappropriately toward some female patrons.

"I failed. I failed that night and it was embarrassing," Jans said. "I'm a better father. I'm a better husband. I'm a better person and I'm a better coach, and I am now than I was then."

Jans reportedly gets a four-year deal worth $275,000 a season.

For Jan's full biography on NMSU's website, click here

Weir left NMSU to become the head coach at in-state rival New Mexico.

Meanwhile, Weir landed his first recruit at Lobos' head coach. Troy Simons of Polk State Junior College committed to New Mexico. The 6-foot-1 guard was on a recruiting visit in Albuquerque this weekend.

Simons averaged more than 26 points a game last season.

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