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LIS­TEN­ING TO Craig Neal ra­tio­nal­ize (Satur­day) night’s 25 point melt­down loss in over­time to Ne­vada in the post-game in­ter­view was ab­so­lutely painful. This had to be one of the worst coach­ing de­ba­cles I have wit­nessed at UNM. Over the past 4 years I have given Craig Neal ev­ery ben­e­fit of the doubt, but it is be­com­ing abun­dantly clear that he is no Steve Al­ford. If his job is not in jeop­ardy, it should be.

— Bob, UNM Area

I WAS THERE at the UNM-Ne­vada game un­til the bit­ter end. Sev­eral lessons learned. The Lobo of­fense can be ter­rific. The Lobo de­fense can be atro­cious. The team can use a lit­tle more prac­tice at the free throw line. I will be back in my seat for the next game and wish the team well.

— Larry of Cor­rales

ONE OF THE WORST losses ever? Out­coached again!

— da Don, ABQ

THOSE OF US who stayed to the bit­ter end, noth­ing can de­scribe the feel­ing of help­less­ness, shame and des­per­a­tion we felt as we watched Eli­jah Brown lay­ing pros­trate on the cold, PIT hard­wood floor, in ut­ter sub­mis­sion Satur­day night at 11:30 p.m. Coach Neal is fond of say­ing “coaches coach and play­ers play” and that is cor­rect, but when our play­ers, for what­ever rea­son, stop play­ing, it is time for the coaches to start coach­ing.

— A Loyal Neal Sup­porter, Dis­tressed and in Shock

COACH NEAL re­gard­ing the Epic Ne­vada de­feat, I’ll say it for you. “It’s on me, I didn’t have the team ready, it’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity, I take the blah blah blah ….” — Simo J, Rio Ran­cho

SO NOODLES says he can’t coach ef­fort. Ap­par­ently, based on blow­ing a 25 point lead, he can’t coach de­fense ei­ther. Pa­thetic. — ABQ Mike

NE­VADA COACH Eric Mus­sel­man went from hold­ing his face in his hands as he watched his Wolf Pack team be­ing de­stroyed by UNM to jump­ing up and down at the game’s end as though he had won a na­tional cham­pi­onship. A sopho­more named Jor­dan Caro­line, av­er­ag­ing 12.7 points per game, went off for 45 points against this fine Lobo de­fense. Two months from now, UNM will pay Craig Neal $1 mil­lion on a buy­out and he will be named an as­sis­tant coach at UCLA. Do we want Paul Krebs mak­ing the new hire? No, no we don’t. — Lobo BB Ad­vi­sor

IS THERE ANY chance we could get the NCAA to shorten the game to 38 min­utes? Oh, never mind the Lo­bos would fig­ure out a way to blow the lead at 37:50. Satur­day’s game came down two things: Stay­ing fo­cused and mak­ing your free throws. On a side note, good job by the Jour­nal Sports folks for get­ting the story in for Sunday’s jour­nal. The presses have to roll and mid­night dead­lines are pretty late. — ABQ Don

MAILED OUR ticket stubs. They’ll be col­lec­tors’ items. They’re in Reno now. — Car­los Jaicú

HAD A GOOD time at the Pit un­til 7 min­utes (re­mained). Again no 3 point de­fense. Bright spots: Jalen Har­ris, Damien Jef­fer­son. — Den­nis sec­tion R

I GIVE UP, if the play­ers and coaches give up and quit, so do I. — Rot­ten Rudy

FI­NALLY, CAN WE put the Craig Neal saga to rest. After Al­ford’s re­cruits were gone and the re­fusal to play his son in a pro­duc­tive role, this has al­ways been a train wreck wait­ing to hap­pen. Year after year, game after game, me­dia com­ments that should never have seen the light of day, it’s bla­tantly ob­vi­ous this guy is not head coach ma­te­rial. If he was, he would have been one long be­fore Al­ford left for UCLA. Krebs had no other choice at the time, but as usual an ex­ten­sion “too far”. It’s over. — Mark in Albq

LAWYER R.C. De­fend this: The look on “Noodles” face as he’s be­ing out­coached and shown how coach­ing should be. The to­tal lack of ef­fort by the Lo­bos to de­fend the 3 point bar­rage by Ne­vada. And the fact that the “blue hairs” in the prime seats think it’s OK to leave in droves with 10 min­utes left in the game. Just like the team, even a Homer lawyer can’t de­fend that im­plo­sion. — D.S.

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to the Lady Lo­bos for ac­com­plish­ing the 4-0 record in league play for the first time since 1998-99! What a feat, made even more spe­cial by all the ill­ness-in­jury events. AND shame on the Jour­nal for not even not­ing that on the first page of the sports sec­tion. Why are we not sur­prised by that? — Loyal Lady Lobo Fan

SUNDAY’S JOUR­NAL had these sto­ries on page C1: NFL playoff game; NMSU plan to raise foot­ball rev­enue (the sea­son is over, by the way); Lobo men’s bas­ket­ball loses in OT; and an ar­ti­cle about col­lege foot­ball an­a­lysts. Page C5: Lobo women’s bas­ket­ball wins on the road, MWC record is 4-0. Ed­i­tors place sto­ries depend­ing on a lot of fac­tors (reader in­ter­est, length of story, etc). Why did the Jour­nal ed­i­tors put Lady Lobo bas­ket­ball on page C5? — Jeff Baker

SO, THE AD at NMSU doesn’t want Ag­gie foot­ball on TV. Their last home game drew a “whop­ping” 5K. Then there’s the “beat­down road games” for mega bucks. Go fig­ure. — MHD

UNM, A MEM­BER of the lower 64 Di­vi­sion 1, should drop its pa­thetic foot­ball pro­gram im­me­di­ately. A huge drainer of valu­able cash. Only less than 20,000 peo­ple in the en­tire state care any­thing about the UNM foot­ball pro­gram. And they have now re­signed them­selves to herald­ing an ap­pear­ance in the In­signif­i­cant (aka New Mex­ico) Bowl and a vic­tory against yet an­other patsy as a suc­cess­ful Mon­u­men­tal achieve­ment. How de­luded can they get? Time for the Jour­nal Sports Depart­ment to lead the cru­sade to get the Re­gents to drop the UNM foot­ball pro­gram. — Wally Schulz

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