Community keyed up over UNM athletics

Posted at: 11/25/2012 9:14 PM
Updated at: 11/25/2012 10:12 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Lobo athletics has been doing damage during the Fall 2012 season.

Men’s basketball leads the way with a 6-0 record, and they could break the AP Top 25 poll the last week of November.

Lobo football is even becoming more relevant after Coach Bob Davie took over.

The Lobos went 4-9, which alone is not impressive. But more than tripling their win total from the last three seasons is enough to be celebrated.

And the university confirmed that attendance for 2012 was higher than 2011.

Men’s soccer made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, making it their second straight season of making it that far in the tournament.

But the Lobos lost to the University of Connecticut Huskies on Sunday 2-1 to end their season.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams both made it to the NCAA tournament.

And even the women’s basketball team is getting into the win column in a big way.

They have won five of their first six games.

All that optimism is creating more relevance around the university.

"I think it's generating a lot of excitement and I think we're gonna have a good couple years ahead of us, too. I'm excited for the football team," UNM alumnus Mike Mares said.

Coach Yvonne Sanchez of the Lobo women’s basketball team commented on the story. She said the overall success of the university with athletics helps her team.

"It's been a lot of fun. The programs having a lot of success. When we go out recruiting, they'll say your volleyball team just won or your soccer team," Coach Sanchez said.

Sanchez thinks Lobo athletics will continue to grow in relevance.

"They just see Lobo athletics; they know we have a good tradition and we're building a championship program in the athletic department, and that's what makes it fun," she said.

A current UNM student said all the success is causing a major stir among students.

"Everybody on campus is just proud of everybody. There's just a lot of positive feedback from all the students, even people who don't really care about sports," Amy Boardman said.

UNM said that athletics is the doorway to the university and Boardman agreed with that statement.

"It kinda ties everybody together. It's something to be proud of and being proud to be a lobo. When they're doing great, the whole campus is on fire," she said.