He came to Menaul School 12 years ago. Kelvin Scarborough gave the school 10 winning seasons, winning Metro single A coach of the year 3 of the last 5 seasons. Tuesday Menaul and Scarborough parted ways. The former Lobo was told the school simply wanted to go in a new direction. If there is more to this story, no one is really saying. This a pairing that lasted over a decade. In that time Scarborough, helped many of his players to continue competing and find a college home. Not only his players but, many from other schools. He is one coach who truly tried to help New Mexico players get placed on the next level. He would never tell you about the free basketball camps he held for kids numerous times. You might not know about all of his work with Native American youth on reservations throughout New Mexico. He want tell you but, I just did. As long as Scar is out of the game, there will kids somewhere suffering an opportunity defeat. Let’s hope this is just halftime with Scar returning to the court when the clock winds down.
Even though Lobo basketball coach Steve Alford has gone to UCLA, UNM hoops is still getting a lot of respect around the country.
Five out of seven different preseason basketball rankings have UNM in the top 25.
Sports Illustrated has them at 15, USA Today and ESPN have them at 16.
They mentioned that new coach Craig Neal was a big reason for theLobos’ success during Alford’s tenure and that the core of the team is back, minus Tony Snell.
Don’t look for Bob Davie to abandon Lobos Football in the near future. The second year Lobos coach has agreed to a two year extension. The new deal was announced Tuesday and will keep Davie in Lobos cherry and silver through the 2019 season. Of course Lobo fans may be holding out until Davie signs the deal. Afterall, former basketball coach Steve Alford agreed to a 10 year deal to stay with the Lobos.The UCLA Bruins can give you the details on how that worked out for New Mexico. Davie signed a six year 4.5 million dollar contract back in 2011 when he became the Lobos head coach. The financial terms from Davie’s original contract remain unchanged. Some may wonder why a coach would get an extension after only 4 wins in his first season. UNM Vice President of Athletics, Paul Krebs, says it best.
“We are excited about the direction of the Lobo football program on and off the field under coach Davie.”
The Lobos were the most improved team in the nation in scoring margin in 2012, posting an average improvement of over 25 points per game. They also finished the season fifth in the nation in rushing yards with over 300 per game. Throw in the football team grade point average of 2.62 and you see what Krebs was talking about when he made his statement.
Last year’s four win season is the most production seen in these parts in the last 3 years.The Lobos actually had a chance to win in five games that went for a loss. That means with the right break they could have won 9 games in Davie’s first year. But, could have is fantasy and the reality is four wins. In a place that has experienced a drought in the win column, that’s dinner and dessert. So what can Davie deliver in year two of his stay with New Mexico? We will see. If it is anything close to last season, there will be an appetizer with dinner and dessert the next time around.
The University of New Mexico and head football coach Bob Davie have agreed on a two-year contract extension.
The school announced Tuesday that the new seven-year agreement will run through the 2019 season.
New Mexico says the financial terms from Davie’s original contract remain unchanged.
Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs says school officials are excited about the direction of the Lobo football program on and off the field under Davie.
Davie, a former head coach at Notre Dame, signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract in late 2011 to become the Lobo’s head football coach.
Davie led the Lobos to a 4-9 record during his first season in 2012, producing more victories than the 2009 to 2011 seasons combined.
World Champion Boxer Holly Holm is stepping down from the sweet science to pursue a full time MMA career. Like all competitive athletes, Holm did leave room to return to boxing should she change her mind. Holm said she is out of the boxing game 99.9%. Going back and forth between the two sports was a mental challenge Holm welcomed in the beginning but, become more of a burden later. Holm, who has three victories against no losses as an MMA fighter said as she started to win she became more more excited about MMA. Boxing didn’t have the same excitement. Holm described the change as climbing a new mountain. The ranks of women in MMA is starting to pick up with the rise of Ronda Rousey of UFC fame. The 31 year old Holm sees limitless possibilities in the future. Mary McGee will be the last fighter to face Holm in a boxing ring May 11th in Albuquerque. Holm was hoping for a shot at Cecilia Braekhus, another world champion who goes by the nickname, “the first lady.” At a press conference announcing her plans to leave boxing, Holm expressed disappointment that a date with Braekhus never happened. The two were negotiating to fight in Las Vegas, Nevada in July before talks broke down. Holm will shut down her boxing career after 11 years and a long list of victories over some of the biggest names in the women’s fight game.
UNM guard Tony Snell has made it official. Snell will forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. Snell is no longer enrolled in school as he will spend the weeks leading up to the draft in June preparing. Snell has been told he is a mid to late second round pick. There is a chance he might not be selected at all. Snell is willing to take the risk.