Marvin Menzies handled himself the best he could at Friday’s press conference. I don’t think he imagined the expectations that awaited him in Las Cruces. The Aggies are a talented team and people are expecting big things.
He will be asked to carry the torch that Reggie Theus ignited when he came here two years ago. One press conference isn’t going to determine how he’ll be as a coach when the bullets are flying at Duke or when the team goes on the road to Fresno. He won’t be Theus, who was personable, charismatic and, at times, inspirational. People didn’t see Reggie sweat in the line of fire. Menzies will be under the gun from the get-go and there will be no honeymoon period. He’ll be expected to win immediately.
If the Aggies slip from last season it will be considered a disappointment. Menzies can’t rock the boat and needs to get everyone on the same page. I think all the recruits will end up coming to Las Cruces and I believe the talent on the floor will be evident. He’ll have to make the pieces fit though. I think NMSU would be wise to bring its assistant staff back intact. I doubt all will return though. This is a big year for NMSU basketball and a huge hire for Dr. Boston. If it works out, all will be considered great. If it doesn’t, look out below