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Heard Coach Gonzales and Pitino talk this a.m.

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Already posted my summary of Pitino's talk on the b-ball board.

DG emphasized the collaborative effort that is needed to turnaround the football program and is appreciative of the  support he is getting from the administration (Stokes was there), the athletic dept (assist. AD was there - Nunez traveling).  Very complimentary to other coaches of other sports (four were there) and their ability to win MWC championships in spite of the very restrictive Covid environment UNM had to operate in; was going to create a b-ball rooting section of his football players and have them encourage other students to attend; bragged about the very high two year gpa (best ever at UNM) for entire athletic department; very proud that when in Vegas, not one positive Covid test and while the overall positivity rate for NM was 5%+, UNM athletes were a very modest .29% and the athletes were tested very regularly - total team effort with buy-in form all teams, coaches, and most importantly, the SAs. 

Three things that really stood out for me were:

1. UNM will never be the most talented team on the field but the good thing about football is that you don't have to be in order to win because in football (within the rules) you can beat the talent out of your opponents and that is what we will do (right out of Rocky's philosophy).

2.  He will not allow his SAs to take more than one class/semester remotely - he firmly believes that the "on campus" experience is very, very important for the overall social development/education of the SAs - he emphasized that development must occur in 3 areas, athletically, academically and socially. 

3. UNM will deal with the recent S. Ct. decision that allows universities to give SAs benefits beyond tuition, books, room and board if associated with academics but recognizes that as the move towards paying SAs continues, UNM will be disadvantaged; however, he is selling the fact that a SA can get his/her degree here and be one of the very few (7%) of all college grads who can leave with that degree and NO debt - huge.   

 

He added that the violations, etc at ASU have NO relation to him and no worries in that regard.            

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Topic starter Posted : June 23, 2021 12:47 pm
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Doublealum
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Posted by: @doublealum

Already posted my summary of Pitino's talk on the b-ball board.

DG emphasized the collaborative effort that is needed to turnaround the football program and is appreciative of the  support he is getting from the administration (Stokes was there), the athletic dept (assist. AD was there - Nunez traveling).  Very complimentary to other coaches of other sports (four were there) and their ability to win MWC championships in spite of the very restrictive Covid environment UNM had to operate in; was going to create a b-ball rooting section of his football players and have them encourage other students to attend; bragged about the very high two year gpa (best ever at UNM) for entire athletic department; very proud that when in Vegas, not one positive Covid test and while the overall positivity rate for NM was 5%+, UNM athletes were a very modest .29% and the athletes were tested very regularly - total team effort with buy-in form all teams, coaches, and most importantly, the SAs. 

Three things that really stood out for me were:

1. UNM will never be the most talented team on the field but the good thing about football is that you don't have to be in order to win because in football (within the rules) you can beat the talent out of your opponents and that is what we will do (right out of Rocky's philosophy).

2.  He will not allow his SAs to take more than one class/semester remotely - he firmly believes that the "on campus" experience is very, very important for the overall social development/education of the SAs - he emphasized that development must occur in 3 areas, athletically, academically and socially. 

3. UNM will deal with the recent S. Ct. decision that allows universities to give SAs benefits beyond tuition, books, room and board if associated with academics but recognizes that as the move towards paying SAs continues, UNM will be disadvantaged; however, he is selling the fact that a SA can get his/her degree here and be one of the very few (7%) of all college grads who can leave with that degree and NO debt - huge.   

 

He added that the violations, etc at ASU have NO relation to him and no worries in that regard.            

Why can't UNM have the most talented team on the field (at least against G-5 competition and a majority of P5 schools)? If you keep getting better then better athletes want to come. I am sure neither Danny would want better athletes with great attitudes and a hard work ethic.

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Posted : June 24, 2021 6:32 am
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Posted by: @doublealum

He added that the violations, etc at ASU have NO relation to him and no worries in that regard. 

Here's a summary of the violations all occurring during the 2020 season when DG was already here:

https://sports.yahoo.com/yahoo-sports-exclusive-dossier-reveals-extent-of-ncaa-allegations-against-arizona-state-football-055252113.html

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Posted : June 25, 2021 3:23 pm
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