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Rocky Long Resigns as Head Football Coach

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rocky Long, the University of New Mexico’s head football coach for the past 11 seasons, resigned Monday. Long finished his career at New Mexico with a record of 65-69, including five bowl appearances.

Full coverage from the Tuesday Journal:

ROCKY: Take this job and … by Rick Wright

Focus Shifts To Finding Next UNM Coach by Rick Wright

Long Farewell by Ed Johnson



Long resigns as UNM’s all-time winningest coach, but this past season’s record of 4-8 was his worst since 1998. The Lobos earned their first bowl victory under Long last year with a 23-0 victory over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl.

Read all about Rocky Long’s career at UNM in Tuesday’s Journal. Lobos 2008 season in stories and pictures.

Press release at

Highlights of Long’s career at UNM (PDF)


Date: 11/17/2008 4:53 PM MST

NM head coach steps down

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rocky Long is stepping down as head coach of New Mexico’s football team.

UNM athletics department spokesman Greg Remington confirmed Long’s resignation, which is effective immediately.

No other details were immediately released. The university scheduled a news conference for 5 p.m. Monday to discuss Long’s departure.





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