Other coaches have advocated the schedule, which pits each program against eight others twice and two teams once in conference play. New Mexico's Steve Alford and Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy were among advocates of the plan that the MWC's athletic directors approved last week.
New Mexico State player suspected in assault
Several New Mexico media outlets have reported that Tyrone Watson, a senior on the New Mexico State basketball team, is a suspect in an assault case.
Watson has neither been arrested nor charged for an assault over the weekend in which man was allegedly struck and choked at a party in Las Cruces, N.M. But a Las Cruces Police Department report pointed to Watson, who averages 10.8 points per game for the Aggies, as the suspected attacker.
KTSM Las Cruces reported that the victim was not planning to file charges against Watson, but had filed a criminal complaint with the school. So far, the school has not announced any changes to Watson's status on the team.
UCLA solves mystery behind Gucci backpack
After Shabazz Muhammad was caught sporting a Gucci backpack after the Bruins' win over Arizona on Jan. 24, a few questioned how the UCLA freshman got his hands on a bag with a $990 retail value.
Muhammad had missed games early in the season after the NCAA conducted an investigation into whether he had received impermissible benefits.
The inquiries were apparently so pervasive, UCLA confronted the matter itself. The athletics department confirmed over the weekend that the Bruins' likely one-and-done star had received the bag from his family.