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Did you hear the one about the college basketball coach who couldn’t get into a high school game?

UNM Head Coach Paul Weir UNM Head Coach Paul Weir | 

J.P. Murrieta
February 05, 2018 05:59 PM

Did you hear the one about the college basketball coach who couldn’t get into a high school game?

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The following story is true, some of the names have been omitted to avoid embarrassment.

Recently, University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach Paul Weir went to a high school gym to watch some local talent play.  He told me he likes to see some of the kids in the area when he has a free night during the season.  The interaction while entering the gym went something like this:

(ticket taker): “Five dollars, please.”

(Paul Weir):  “I’m sorry.  I’m Paul Weir, the head coach at the University of New Mexico.”

(ticket taker):  “Ok, Five dollars please.”

(Paul Weir): “I’m scouting some of the players in the game tonight.”

(ticket taker): “Ok, five dollars please.”

(Paul Weir): “I don’t have any cash.”

Then another parent/fan in line reached out and handed the ticket taker $5 so the head coach of the basketball team from the University of New Mexico could enter the game.

I’m told Paul Weir didn’t make a big deal about it.  I don’t think he would even tell you he was slighted that someone wouldn’t allow him into the game.  To his character, coach Weir gave the parent/fan excellent seats to one of his home basketball games as a thank you.

The lesson learned from this is to let the ticket takers know college coaches are always welcome to watch the local talent….oh, and always carry $5 in your pocket, Paul (just in case).

 

UPDATE: Head coach Paul Weir addressed the incident at his recent press conference with the local media.  "I never pulled the 'Lobo coach card' out.  I literally just didn't have my wallet on me.  I said, 'Hey I'll go back...I just want to get in, the game's about to start.  I don'thave my wallet.  I'll go get my wallet at halftime and pay you.'  He's like, 'no you can't get it.'  I said, 'it's about to start, can you please just let me in? I don't have any money on me.  They're like, 'nope, you can't get in.'  Fortunately there was a fan next to me who's like, 'coach, I got ya.' But I've paid for every game since, just so we're all aware.  I take my money and I buy my tickets."

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