University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie and Lobos track and cross-country coach Joe Franklin were honored Friday morning by the UNM Board of Regents for their accomplishments this fall.
Davie and Franklin both received the Regents’ Meritorious Service Award.
Franklin coached his UNM women’s cross-country team to the NCAA Championship – the second such title in the school’s history. The ski team won it all in 2004.
Davie guided the football team to its first winning season (7-5) and its first bowl bid since 2007. The Lobos will face Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 19.
New Mexico’s five conference victories were the program’s most in a season since 1997.
PRESSLEY’S AN ALL-STAR: Lobo senior running back Jhurell Pressley has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, scheduled Jan. 23 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
The game, staged by the NFL Players Association, affords players an opportunity to be interviewed by pro scouts throughout game week, as well as being observed during practices and the game.
The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Pressley led the Lobos this season with 890 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. For his career, he has rushed for 2,718 yards and 35 TDs, with a 7.1-yard average per carry.
PIGSKIN, SHEEPSKIN: Pressley is one of seven current Lobos who earned their college degrees this week.
In addition to Pressley, they are offensive guard Bryan Oldenkamp, punter/kicker Zack Rogers, defensive lineman Christopher Smalls, defensive back Tayo Adewon, tight end David Georges and running back Wendell Carter.
Two former Lobos, running back Crusoe Gongbay and defensive lineman Dominic Twitty, also received their degrees.
MWC MEETINGS: The Mountain West Conference’s school presidents and athletic directors will gather in Phoenix on Sunday and Monday for their annual meetings.
A major topic of discussion, UNM athletic director Paul Krebs said Friday, likely will be the future location of the league’s annual basketball tournaments.
The men’s and women’s tourneys have been staged at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., UNLV’s home court, since the league began play in 1999-2000. Most Mountain West coaches would like to have them moved elsewhere in Las Vegas.
The current contract expires with this season’s tournaments.
“I think there will be an update on that contract, and a potential extension or a new site location,” Krebs said.
A story published Friday on CBSSports.com led with the possibility of conference expansion, mentioning Rice and UTEP as possibilities. But the story went on to say that, according to unnamed sources, expansion was “not imminent.”
Krebs said conference membership is customarily discussed at league meetings, along with many other topics.
“It seems like Groundhog Day with some of these issues,” he said, “because there are constant updates and continual discussions about them.”