Among the provisions New Mexico gave coach Steve Alford in his brand-new, 10-year contract was a $125,000 bonus for making the Final Four.
After their latest disappointing loss in the NCAA tournament, the Lobos will save the money, but feel the pain.
Third-seeded New Mexico was handed the biggest upset on the first full day of play in the NCAA tournament, a 68-62 loss to 14th-seeded Harvard on Thursday night.
The team that won the Mountain West Conference by playing stingy defense all season allowed Harvard to shoot 52 percent.
The team that won despite struggling at times on offense tanked when the stakes were highest, making only 37 percent of its shots. Take away Alex Kirk's 9-for-18 effort and the percentage goes down to 31.
''We can't shoot for them,'' Alford said. ''We've had games like that, several games where we haven't shot the ball well. It's a glaring weakness on this basketball team.''
It could get better next year when Alford's high-scoring son, Bryce, joins the ...