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Alford Reminds: Basketball Still Rules

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Count Steve Alford among those thoroughly impressed with the UNM football team.

Just don’t forget which program gets top billing in these parts.

The sixth-year head basketball coach seemed almost surprised by a non-Journal reporter’s question Tuesday about whether the success of the UNM football team had his basketball squad, which begins official practices for the season with Friday’s Lobo Howl event in the Pit, taking a back seat in the minds of area fans.

Lobo Howl at the Pit: Gates open at 6, women practice at 7, men at 8. Free admission.

“No, I don’t think basketball in this state is flying under the radar,” Alford snapped back, flashing a smile.

“If basketball in this state was flying under the radar, we’d all be getting different jobs.”


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The Lobos held their final offseason workout with coaches present on Tuesday in the Davalos Center and open official practices at 8 p.m. Friday as part of the Lobo Howl event open to the public in the Pit.

The gates open at 6, and the women’s basketball event begins at 7 p.m.

Alford’s Lobos are coming off a 28-win, NCAA Tournament team, while first-year head football coach Bob Davie’s Lobos have started the season 3-3, matching the win total of the previous three seasons.

“I’m excited that football is doing well because that helps the university,” Alford said. “I think coach Davie and his staff are doing an incredible job of turning something around that wasn’t very good. And they’re doing an outstanding job, but I don’t think that affects what we do one way or another.”
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal