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Past articles by Steve:

It's a red-out: Lobos to wear cherry helmets against Boise State

University of New Mexico football coach Danny Gonzales is basically pulling out all the stops in order to attract more people to University Stadium for the Lobos’ Friday night game against heavy favorite Boise State. His latest ploy shows his love for Lobo football history and his connection to players these days wanting to look […] → Read More

Virgen: Drive, Chip and Putt is both fun and serious

Despite winning several events, including last year's Drive, Chip and Putt in Albuquerque, 7-year-ol ... → Read More

UNM sprinters quickly click in 4x400 relay

When Jovahn Williamson arrived in Albuquerque from Harvard University last year, he said he experienced a huge culture shock in his transition from Boston to the Duke City. He came to the University of New Mexico to run on the track team and enter the 2-year Business Administration program. Yet he knew he could quickly […] → Read More

Happy Holaday, Lobos; QB picture bright

Danny Gonzales closed out the month of May by showcasing his deft ability, keen eyes and some good fortune … on the golf course. Gonzales, in his third year as the University of New Mexico football head coach, collected his first hole in one on Spyglass Hill’s 152-yard No. 3 at Pebble Beach on May […] → Read More

Bart Bryant, 59, dies in car accident

Bart Bryant, who grew up in Alamogordo, played college golf at New Mexico State and became a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, died Tuesday in a car accident in Polk City, Florida, according to various media reports. He was 59. According to the Associated Press, Bryant was killed and his wife was injured when […] → Read More

Virgen on golf: Millican says Choi is 'as good' as any Lobo ever

On Friday, Sam Choi will turn 22 with two big options to weigh.The University of New M ... → Read More

Lobos add, and apparently lose, another transfer quarterback

The University of New Mexico football team has added yet another quarterback — and apparently lost one, if social media is any indication. This time it went to California to land Fresno City College transfer Justin Holaday, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, who just completed his freshman year with the Rams. The Lobos hadn’t gone too […] → Read More

Lobo football to play four Friday games

University of New Mexico football coach Danny Gonzales would rather not have games interfere with Fr ... → Read More

Local golf notes: Pros honored to instruct vets

This weekend is expected to be a special one at Santa Ana Golf Club on the Santa Ana Pueblo.< ... → Read More

Lobo football notes: Player commits, record book overhauled

University of New Mexico football coach Danny Gonzales is not opposed to recruiting junior college transfers, especially when they are eligible to play three seasons in four years. Such is the case in cornerback Josh Williamson from Reedley College in California. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Williamson recorded three interceptions, one fumble recovery and 17 tackles in his only season for 7-4… → Read More

NCAA golf regional: Pair of Lobos, 12 talented teams to tee it up Monday

Two Lobos begin NCAA Regional play for the second straight year, this time at the Albuquerque Region ... → Read More

Lobo football: Gonzales encouraged by team's gains in strength

When it comes to weight training and preparing for the college football season, University of New Me ... → Read More

Numbers are down for Sunday's Run for the Zoo

Event returns to in-person racing after 2-year hiatus → Read More

Lobo DB Duece Jones has season tickets for a lucky fan

Duece Jones, a defensive back for the University of New Mexico football team, wants Lobo fans to come to the games this upcoming season and he got creative with that thought on Twitter. He purchased one set of UNM football season tickets and says he’s going to gift them to one lucky fan after a […] → Read More

Former Lobo Rafael Hidalgo dies at age 26

Rafael Hidalgo, a former University of New Mexico wide receiver from 2016 to 2018, died on Sunday at the age of 26. Hidalgo, who played quarterback at Hudson Valley Junior College in Troy, New York, went from walk-on at UNM to earning a scholarship in 2018. He was part of the Lobos’ 2016 New Mexico […] → Read More

Lobos' homegrown coach, Jake Rothschiller

As a graduate assistant for the University of New Mexico, Jake Rothschiller felt as if he were in limbo when then-coach Bob Davie was fired before the final week of the season in 2019. A crossroads moment arose when, a month later, Danny Gonzales was hired as the head coach of the Lobos. Gonzales, a […] → Read More

UNM's Champions Training Center project: 'Let's do it right'

When Eddie Nuñez arrived as the athletic director at the University of New Mexico in 2017, he ... → Read More

All UNM football assistants — including Long — on one-year deals

After the college football season ended, University of New Mexico coach Danny Gonzales assured everyone asking about Rocky Long that the esteemed defensive coordinator would be returning even though his two-year contract had ended. Yes, Long is back. The former UNM quarterback and head coach recently finalized his contract along with nine other assistants. They’re […] → Read More

Ty Murray: Whitehorse rocks; PBR, UNM agree for four more years

The sold-out crowd at the Pit came alive when Keyshawn Whitehorse completed his ride on the bull Redwood Original during the second round of the Ty Murray Invitational on Saturday night. ... → Read More

Ty Murray PBR: Louis grateful his son, Hayze, watches him ride bulls

The Pit will always be a special place for Dakota Louis, who made his Professional Bul ... → Read More