DEC. 30, 1980 was the only time that I ever saw Rick Pitino in-person. The 28 year old somewhat unknown coach brought his Boston University Terriers to the Pit for the then-Lobo Invitational. Making it to the championship game, Pitino’s Terriers were hammered by the Lobos, 107-87, in coach Gary Colson’s first season at UNM, as Colson took over after the Lobogate scandal. I’d guess that Pitino was making about $100,000 at the time. His buyout at Louisville? A reported $44 million. Norm Ellenberger wasn’t as fortunate.
BOB DAVIE is a fine football coach and UNM is lucky to have him. He’s not a guy with “pom poms” in his hand or a gift of gab. Just a winner. Did UNM make a mistake with Rocky Long? Of course, but he’s gone and not coming back. The “Recruit New Mexico Kids” group (is) clueless about the level of talent required to compete and win at the D1 level. If you want to win games and compete for a conference championship, leave Bob Davie alone. Otherwise, you’ll get another Mike Locksley.
— Mark in Albq.
THERE’S AN EASY way to solve the “kneeling during the national anthem” problem. Stop playing the national anthem before sporting events! It’s stupid, irrelevant and meaningless. It’s a sporting event, not a political rally!