Sports Speak Up! On UNM’s Pitino and pro golfers getting paid even more

ON DECEMBER 1, 1966, Abilene Christian was set up to be a back-drop for the debut of the Pit and has played the part ever since as the Lobos have never lost to them over the years. However, thanks to Paul Krebs, Craig Neal and Paul Weir, the roles have been reversed. With ACU’s record of 71-23 the past three seasons and two NCAA appearances, UNM could play second fiddle to the Wildcats’ opener in their soon to be renovated arena with a capacity of 3,600. That’s how far it has sunk and what you’re up against, Richard Pitino.

— Joseph

WHILE I AM encouraged to read about the transfers Pitino is bringing in, I’d be more excited to read he has talked Makuach into returning for an encore season. We Lobo fans have had 4 years to see what he is all about and know first hand what a huge boost he could provide for the team. I hope Coach Pitino has tried hard to develop a relationship with him and applied full court pressure to get him back in the fold.

— Bob, UNM Area

WHY IS EVERYONE in Albuquerque hailing Richard Pitino their savior right now? … Pitino landed two recruits so far, one a transfer from Minnesota (his old employer), and the other recruit followed the director of operations from ASU! Yet Pitino is hailed a savior in Albuquerque!

— Murphy

INTERESTING CONTRAST: anonymous Aggie fan donates to support coaches and programs while anonymous Lobo fan donates to buy out the coach’s contract. I’ve long suspected that the favorite sport of the Lobo’s fanbase is running coaches out of town. Hopefully, Pitino will get better support when he runs into the inevitable rough patch.

— Pope of the Westside

REGARDING THE PGA’S decision to award a $40 million bonus pool to the top 10 golfers who “move the needle,” that has to be the dumbest idea ever. So the rich get richer! Those 10 already make millions & millions in endorsements. In fact, most golfers know that professionals make substantially more money from endorsements than tournament prize money. If the PGA has an extra $40 million to spend, increase the charity pot!

— Allan, ABQ, father of an attorney

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