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Sports Speak Up! Readers mixed in reaction to Pitino hire

ONE PERSON’S junk is another person’s treasure! Go Richard Pitino.

— Wally

WHY DOES UNM always hire a loser?

— da Don

WHEN RICK PITINO brought his Boston University Terriers to the Pit in December, 1980, for the Lobo Invitational and a 107-87 pasting from UNM, I doubt if anyone in the crowd thought Pitino was destined to become a Hall of Fame coach. Even less likely would be his son, Richard, born almost a couple years later, becoming UNM’s new basketball coach. I imagine Rick told his son to expect big crowds in the Pit and deafening noise, somewhat like that December night over four decades ago. Let’s hope Richard is the next combination of Bob King and Steve Alford.

— Joseph

IT’S GREAT to see UNM hire yet another coach with no ties to New Mexico. Talk about rolling the dice by Nuñez — can’t wait to see Pitino bought out in 4 or so years. Not to mention that UNM has already spent over 3 million in athletic buyouts since 2007.

— Nolan

NOW IS A good time for Lobo Nation to temper their expectations and stop living in the past. (The Pit will never host the NCAAs again, just let it go). To the anonymous donors who paid to get rid of Weir, you better save your money. Four years from now you will need it to run Pitino out of town when he fails to return the Lobos to past glory. It would be a better use of funds to scholarship local talent. Invest in New Mexico!

— Pope of the Westside

HIRING PITINO? You have got to be kidding me. I’m going to move to Las Cruces. …

— J.J.

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