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THE LO­BOS can’t make a layup. I’m re­minded of my ju­nior high coach who con­ducted try­outs by putting all of us in a layup line. Those who missed a layup were im­me­di­ately cut from the team. Harsh. As for the poor 3-6 record match­ing the 197980 Lobo­gate team, the dif­fer­ence there is that this even­tual 6-22 team played be­fore an av­er­age of 14,838 fans which ranked 7th in the na­tion — and would be only sev­eral hun­dred fans shy of a sell­out for ev­ery home game in the cur­rent ren­o­vated Pit. Sadly, how times have changed. — Joseph

WE’RE ALL just go­ing to have to face it ... this Lobo men’s team just isn’t very good. They have a few good pieces, but this year is go­ing to be sub-.500 for sure. Coach Weir just didn’t get a chance to get on an even play­ing field with re­cruit­ing.

Next year should be a bet­ter re­cruit­ing year along with the two trans­fers he al­ready has here. I look for 2019-20 to be a ban­ner year. Takes time to build.

— MarkD

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to NM State’s foot­ball Ag­gies, a Land of En­chant­ment team which will play in a bowl again on Dec. 29 af­ter wait­ing 57 years! Many of us re­mem­ber “The Team The Pros Watch” as Sports Il­lus­trated dubbed them in 1960. That year the Sun Bowl matched them against Utah State . ... Be­fore a sell­out crowd (and me!), the Ag­gies won, pro­vid­ing a fab­u­lous sports le­gacy for their team,

school and our state. Now the Ari­zona Bowl has matched the two teams against each other again. Go Ag­gies! — A Lobo Alum and Fan, Michael Rosen­berg SINCE OK­LA­HOMA crushed Ohio State ear­lier this sea­son, why would they have any right to be in the col­lege foot­ball play­offs? — mean­t2be

LOBO FOOT­BALL: Coach Davie fires his lead of­fen­sive coach and a de­fen­sive back coach to cor­rect a los­ing sea­son? The rea­son the Lo­bos had a good 2016 was be­cause Coach Davie was still us­ing re­cruits brought in by the coach be­fore him? Coach Davie’s prob­lems have al­ways been the in­ef­fec­tive de­fen­sive front and the lineback­ers and he has not re­cruited well

there. The two quar­ter­back of­fense and play­ers who fum­bled too much was a head coach prob­lem. Time for Coach Davie to do as the UTEP bas­ket­ball coach just did — re­tire. — Jonathan A. in Mo­ri­arty

Jonathan: The 2016 UNM foot­ball ros­ter did not in­clude a sin­gle player who was brought in by Mike Lock­sley, whose last year here was 2011. All play­ers re­cruited to UNM by Lock­sley had ex­hausted their eligibility by 2016. — Rick, Jour­nal

THE ONLY OPIN­IONS about bowl games that mat­ter are the play­ers’. Ask them if they want to quit right now, or stay to­gether as a team for another month, make one more trip, play one more game, then quit. You’ll get 100 per­cent for the bowl game. Any bowl game. — Ben­nett

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