New Mexico State chooses WSU assistant Jans as next head coach

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -

New Mexico State has hired former Bowling Green State head coach Chris Jans to lead the Aggies next season.

The school introduced Jans during a news conference Monday in Las Cruces. Jans fills the void left by Paul Weir, who was recently hired as New Mexico's head coach.

Jans led Bowling Green to its first 20-win season in more than a decade in his first year but was then fired in 2015 over an incident at a bar near the Ohio school's campus. Jans had acknowledged acting inappropriately toward female patrons.

Jans most recently served as an associate head coach at Wichita State, where he had worked as an assistant before taking the Bowling Green job in 2014. He also has coached at a number of community and junior colleges during his 25-year career.