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Danny Gonzales to be next New Mexico head coach

At roughly 12:30 p.m. Mountain time on Tuesday, Danny Gonzales said publicly he didn't know where the New Mexico search, for which he was a candidate, stood.

An hour later, he was reportedly New Mexico's head coach.

Actually, that's incorrect. It was 51 minutes.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Gonzales will be the new head coach at New Mexico.

That report has since been confirmed by numerous outlets both local and national.

Earlier today, FootballScoop reported that Weber State head coach Jay Hill was a leading candidate, but that candidacy was complicated by the fact Hill's team has an FCS semifinal game on Saturday. Such is the hazards of pursuing a coach whose team is still playing when word gets out that they're considering another job.

Gonzales was the popular choice in New Mexico to get the job, and he's a guy who's bled Lobo football for a long time. A former Lobo safety and punter, he joined the business as a UNM graduate assistant in 1999, joined the full-time staff as a video coordinator in 2003 and was promoted to safeties coach and special teams coordinator in 2006.

Gonzales is currently the defensive coordinator at Arizona State, and prior to that spent seven seasons on Rocky Long's staff at San Diego State.

He inherits a program that went 2-10 in 2019 and 3-9 in each of the two seasons before that.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.